Cannabis news wrap: Yuba County, Sacramento

Yuba County’s new medical cannabis cultivation ordinance isn’t universally popular, and local officials are now saying it’s up to medical cannabis patients to encourage compliance by self-policing themselves.

Yuba County supervisors John Nicoletti and Mary Jane Griego said the Yuba County Growers Association should help spread the word about the new medical marijuana cultivation ordinance before county code enforcement is called in. “The problem will not cure itself on the course it is now,” Nicoletti said, according to the Appeal-Democrat.

The AD also reported in a related story that Yuba County’s new pot-growing rules are not without critics. The new law limits medical cannabis cultivation on parcels under one acre to 12 mature plants with no more than six growing outdoors, and no more than 18 plants overall. That should help push growing out of residential zones and into rural areas where more plants are allowed under the ordinance, according to both county officials and medical cannabis patients.

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Witness in pot-robbery murder trial describes threats

A 16-year-old girl helped set up a robbery that turned deadly for the marijuana dealer who befriended her. After the shooting in a Sacramento parking lot, Danisha Holton said she was threatened on Facebook and at home, where visitors told her if she told what she knew about the shooting death of Steven Carmassi, “I was going to end up six feet under just like him.”

Holton’s testimony about the fatal marijuana robbery came Tuesday in the murder trial of Nathaniel James Carter, Andy Furillo reports in the Sacramento Bee. In a deal with prosecutors that resulted in the dismissal of murder charges against her, Holton identified the 24-year-old Carter as the gunman in the Oct. 29, 2010, robbery that left Carmassi fatally wounded.

The cases against Carter’s co-defendants have already played out in court, the Bee reports, with Latice Collins pleading to first-degree murder and DeJohng Mariedenie Taylor to voluntary manslaughter.