“Measure B.” Sounds innocuous enough, but this ordinance, which will appear on your November ballot, was written BY marijuana growers FOR marijuana growers.
If Measure B passes, forget the General Plan, forget existing zoning, forget special use permits, and forget the California Environmental Quality Act. This ordinance side-steps them all. The moratorium that’s in effect until October 24, 2019 was passed by the Board of Supervisors to give the county time to craft an ordinance for regulating how and where cannabis can be grown here and how other cannabis activities, like dispensaries, can operate.
The original Cannabis Working Group came up with a draft ordinance a Rastafarian would envy, resulting in pushback by citizens who seek something less biased.
The moratorium gave us some breathing room to refine an ordinance through regular channels, specifically the Planning Commission process (where three draft ordinances wait to be considered). Measure B has circumvented that process by asking the public for an up or down, yes or no vote. And like so many initiatives that make it to the ballot, it represents the interests of those who wrote it.
If it passes, marijuana growing, processing, and dispensing will be governed by exactly what is written in the initiative. If you live here, you need to read every word of its 30 pages.
Prop. 64 provided for local jurisdictions to regulate cannabis. Growers’ impatience and/or distrust of the Planning Commission has resulted in Measure B—an end-run around public deliberation and prudent government oversight of an activity that has the ability to change life as we know it here.
November is right around the corner. Educate yourself now.