In less than an hour, the Mission Viejo City Council will be called to order.
Among the items on this evening's docket: a proposed ordinance that would prohibit marijuana grow houses.
Leaving some residents to wonder, "You mean it was OK to grow my own indoors before?"
City staff recommends the council give a first reading of the ordinance that would outlaw commercial use of residential properties, "specifically the use of residential properties to grow marijuana."
Scofflaws would be subject to a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine or both under the ordinance.
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Councilman John Paul Ledesma urged the grow house matter come before the council "before it becomes an issue in the City of Mission Viejo," according to a city staff report that claims there has been an increase in such abodes within city limits.
In previewing tonight's item, the Orange County Register brought up the recent investigation of a home pregnancy test kit theft that led to the discovery of 214 pot plants in a Mission Viejo home.
Tonight's meeting starts at 5 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 200 Civic Center, Mission Viejo.