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Three hurt in Yuba City butane blast

Three people suffered severe — and in one case life-threatening — burns after a hash oil processing lab exploded in a Yuba City home Monday night, according to drug agents.

Police and firefighters responded to the explosion at 8:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of Youngs Lane and called Yuba-Sutter NET-5 Narcotic and Gang Task Force when remnants of a butane hash oil lab were discovered, according to NET-5 Commander Martin Horan.

Troy Rowe, 27, suffered third-degree burns over 80 percent of his body. On Tuesday, Horan said he learned Rowe may not survive.

Yuba County pot measure nears circulation for signatures

Supporters of an initiative that would ask voters to approve a less restrictive Yuba County medical marijuana cultivation ordinance are close to getting the go-ahead to start circulating petitions.
The ballot title and summary for the initiative proposed by the Progressive Business Alliance were required to be completed Thursday by the county counsel's office

Yuba City drug bust uncovers $10 million worth of marijuana

Sutter County drug agents say 17,929 marijuana plants worth more than $10 million were destroyed after a drug bust at a property in Yuba City Friday.

Santa Cruz man mistaken about pot enforcement in Yuba County

A Santa Cruz man learned the hard way Yuba County does prosecute marijuana-related crimes.
Dustin Dixon, 33, pleaded no contest to a felony charge of manufacturing a controlled substance after a large butane hash oil lab was found on his Yuba County property, along with 88 marijuana plants.

Calif. Supreme Court rejects pot appeal

The state Supreme Court this week summarily denied an appeal filed by Yuba Patients Coalition and six individuals challenging the urgency designation attached to Yuba County's new marijuana cultivation ordinance.
The state's highest court Wednesday posted the notice a petition for review and an application for a stay in enforcement of the ordinance was denied.

Vasquez recall campaign hits early snag

Paperwork turned into Yuba County election officials Monday for the proposed recall of Supervisor Andy Vasquez fell short of the 20 qualified signatures to move the process forward.

Pot supporters target Yuba County supervisor for recall

A Yuba County supervisor was served with recall papers and other board members were threatened with the same after reapproving a new marijuana cultivation ordinance banning outdoor plants.
Supervisors voted 4-0, with Mary Jane Griego absent, to first repeal the new ordinance approved March 10 and then reapprove it with the same urgency designation. In between was a 11⁄2-hour heated public hearing followed by opponents shouting and pointing at individual board members after the vote.

Dozens of pot ordinance opponents rally

Opponents to Yuba County's new marijuana cultivation ordinance carried signs and responded with cheers to the supportive honks of passing motorists during a Monday morning rally in Marysville.
About 75 medical marijuana supporters, most carrying signs decrying the ordinance or supporting medical marijuana use, staged a two-hour rally along the street fronting the Yuba County Government Center.

Marysville homicide victim identified

Authorities have identified the Marysville man found dead of an apparent homicide inside his home Monday...More than 40 pounds of marijuana was seized from the backyard of the Greely Drive home Monday, causing police to believe [Michael] McDaniel may have been killed during a drug robbery gone wrong.

Marijuana protest goes to state Supreme Court

Yuba Patients coalition has followed through on its intent to challenge Yuba County's new marijuana cultivation ordinance in the state supreme court.

San Francisco-based attorney Joe Elford has filed a writ of mandate and prohibition with the Supreme Court against the ordinance. Elfor represents Yuba Patients Coalition and six individuals in the county.