Court Case Filed Against Measure N

A court case has been filed regard­ing the con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity of Mea­sure N. The plain­tiff — Gail Bennett-Wofford of Upper Lake — says the mea­sure infringes on her rights to pri­vate land, and that the ordi­nance allows entry of pri­vate prop­erty “to crim­i­nal­ize pri­vate non-commercial behav­ior.” Bennett-Wofford grows and cul­ti­vates “holis­tic med­i­cine” for fam­ily mem­bers with pre­scrip­tion needs on some of her prop­erty in Upper Lake. She says under the new ordi­nance, law enforce­ment is autho­rized to enter her pri­vate prop­erty with­out a war­rant. Mea­sure N bans out­door cul­ti­va­tion within com­mu­nity growth bound­aries, lim­its indoor grows to 100 square feet or less, and keeps out­door cul­ti­va­tion 1,000 feet from schools or parks and 100 feet from bod­ies of water.