Mendocino votes to revoke pot-growing permits 

Mendocino County lawmakers have abolished a program that allowed medical marijuana collectives to grow 99 plants at a time with county approval out of fear that federal officials would take legal action against local officials.

The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 Tuesday to repeal a nearly two-year-old ordinance that created a process by which collectives that claimed to be growing marijuana for a number of medical marijuana patients could apply for cultivation permits that exceeded a 12-plant limit for individuals.

The Ukiah Daily Journal reports (http://bit.ly/xtKFN5 ) the board took the action on advice from the county's lawyer, who said representatives from U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag's office had warned that Mendocino's law was at odds with the U.S. government's position that growing marijuana is illegal.

As part of the permit program, sheriff's deputies monitored marijuana farms and tagged plants for compliance.

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