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Healdsburg approves new pot cultivation guidelines

HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) -- The Healdsburg City Council has unanimously approved new marijuana cultivation guidelines that will allow patients to grow three plants outdoors and up to six indoors.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/RjYitg) the vote Monday is intended as a compromise intended to balance the concerns of the police department and the medical marijuana community in the Sonoma County city.

Under the rules _ which go into effect in June _ patients will be allowed to grow three plants in their backyard or sideyard only. Plants must be grown at least 300 feet from schools, churches, hospitals, parks and playgrounds.

Police Chief Kevin Burke last year proposed guidelines that would allow only indoor cultivation, with grow lights.

But medical cannabis users said being forced to grow indoors is a significant expense, especially for low-income patients.

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Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, http://www.pressdemocrat.com

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