NEVADA CITY, Calif. February 12, 2016 – The calendar for Measure W, Nevada County’s ballot measure to ban all outdoor cultivation of marijuana and restricting medical marijuana indoor growing to 12 plants is now available.

Between today and February 19, 2016 the primary arguments for and against the measure must be filed with the Elections Office.  No argument shall exceed 300 words in length, according to Elections Code 9162. The arguments in favor of the measure will be sent to the writers of the arguments opposing the measure and vice versa.

February 26, 2016 is the last day for County Counsel to submit the impartial analysis of the ballot measure. The analysis may not exceed 500 words in length, according to Elections Code 9160.

February 26, 2016 is also the last day to submit rebuttal arguments, not exceeding 250 words.

From February 29 to March 9, 2016 the public examination period of the measure begins. During these 10 days, “any voter of the jurisdiction in which the election is being held, or the county elections official, himself or herself, may seek a writ of mandate or an injunction requiring any or all of the materials to be amended or deleted. The writ of mandate or injunction request shall be filed no later than the end of the 10-calendar-day public examination period.” [Election Code 9190] The writ or injunction request must be filed with the Nevada County Superior Court. According to Elections Code 9190, “A peremptory writ of mandate or an injunction shall be issued only upon clear and convincing proof that the material in question is false, misleading, or inconsistent with this chapter, and that issuance of the writ or injunction will not substantially interfere with the printing or distribution of official election materials as provided by law.”

May 9, 2016 is the start of the vote by mail period.

May 23, 2016 is the last day to register to vote in the June 7 primary election.