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WEST SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A spike in marijuana-related complaints last year has prompted West Sacramento to ban outdoor medical pot grows.

West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon says the city had twice as many marijuana-related complaints filed in 2013 than in 2012.

“Having marijuana grown outdoors sort of creates a magnet for crime and for folks to jump the fence for other reasons,” he said.

Break-ins and thefts are on the rise, and the smell of marijuana wafting in the air along Hobson Avenue has become inescapable.

“Oh yeah, you’ll think a skunk is around, but it’s not a skunk,” said neighbor Clifford King.

The mayor says this move is a reasonable approach to ensure kids are kept away from marijuana and to help reduce crime.

“Doesn’t mean you have to grow in the house,” he said. “It has to be an enclosed structure. So depending on the size and acreage…

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