The Dunsmuir City Council tackled several hot-button issues on Thursday, Feb. 24.

Council members considered two medical marijuana ordinances and decided to rescind a controversial vote that sparked a lawsuit against the city.

After listening to public testimony, including a lengthy speech by Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey, the council voted unanimously to table a proposed medical marijuana cultivation ordinance.

The council asked city staff to plan a public workshop on the potential effects of the cultivation ordinance, during which law enforcement would provide more information.

Council member Ed Steele requested that legitimate Proposition 215 patients be allowed to weigh in to “get more balance.”

The council also voted 4-1 for amendments that would reduce the area where medical marijuana collectives and cooperatives are allowed to operate. Ed Steele opposed. The council must have a second reading of the amended ordinance before it is adopted.

In an attempt to “cure” a lawsuit filed by former Mayor Peter Arth against the city, the council also decided unanimously to rescind its settlement with Citizens for a Better Dunsmuir. On Jan. 18, the council voted 3-1 to waive costs and attorney’s fees in exchange for the dismissal of CFBD’s lawsuit, which challenged the city’s utility rate hikes. The CFBD lawsuit was dismissed on Jan. 25.

Arth’s complaint alleges a conflict-of-interest because three council members who voted for the settlement are members of CFBD.
After the council voted to erase its Jan. 18 decision, Arth, who was recalled in November, said the action doesn’t necessarily mean he will drop his lawsuit.

In a previous interview, Arth said he intended to ensure city politics would be more open and fair.