10 ways commercial cannabis will damage Plumas’ economy and community
1. Will raise the cost of rent in an already difficult housing market.
2. Will raise the cost of low-end housing for young people trying to get a start.
3. Will threaten already-strained community services.
4. Will worsen our county budget deficit. Other counties’ experience shows that licenses, permits and taxes can’t cover the enormous costs of managing this complex industry.
5. Will add more of a burden to an overworked Board of Supervisors, Planning and Building departments.
6. Will cause a talent drain of essential industries. Construction, logging, and private services will experience higher costs and lower quality.
7. Will negate the General Plan. Many tens of thousands of hours by thousands of members of our community crafted this framework upon which the fabric of our community depends.
8. Will degrade our county’s beauty and open spaces. Your favorite view? Gone.
9. Will create inevitable neighbor versus neighbor conflict.
10. Will risk unknown social problems especially for the 10-18 age group.
For every “economic benefit” there are economic detriments. Our quality of life will degrade for everyone except a few. The only way to avoid these damaging effects to our community is a no commercial cannabis ordinance.