Several supporters have asked for more information to explain why they’re voting NO on Measure B. Here’s a helpful fact check that counters the claims B proponents use in their paper ads and sales pitches.
Ad claim: Measure B “ENHANCES OUR LOCAL ECONOMY AND EXISTING BUSINESSES. Jobs will be made. When you buy local, it circulates more money locally, stimulating the workforce, quality of life, and improves the overall socioeconomic status of our communities.”
Fact check: Technically possible, practically doubtful.
Yes, by creating a new industry and jobs, taxes and revenue normally follow. Creating a new, federally-illegal industry is not normal. New industries that stimulate local economies typically are legal nationally.
Why? To create jobs and stimulate Plumas’ economy legally, new B commercial cannabis business owners must hire employees who can pay national, state and local income taxes. This requires legality from the Feds.
How can a newly-licensed grower fill out a W-2 form for a job that’s nationally illegal? And if growers aren’t reporting salaries or hourly wages for employees, how can the state and county cash in from income tax revenue on cash-only businesses?
And there’s this: Measure B backers tout the virtues of buying local, but they spent 75 percent of their political action committee money out of county for yard signs and mailers. So much for enhancing our local economy and helping Plumas small businesses.
Ad claim: Measure B “ENSURES CITIZENS CAN OBTAIN MEDICAL CANNABIS. Local access is imperative. The closest state licensed cannabis retailer is Sacramento, too far for most to travel, and mailing is illegal.”
Fact check: True.
The nearest licensed cannabis retailer is in Sacramento. True about the illegality of mailing medicine. Absurd is the word for the claim that without Measure B, Plumas patients would have to travel out of county to get their medicine.
This is perhaps the most self-serving and nonsensical claim Measure B backers have been pushing for months. The reality is that patients are growing all the medicine they need and then some. They’re also getting it from any number of neighbors who can share up to one ounce as often as they like per Prop. 64.
The truth is that patients do not need Measure B to get their medicine. Growers who wrote B and those who back it need voters like you to believe patients need their commercial cannabis measure. If it were true, why do many Plumas patients stand with us against Measure B?
More Yes on Measure B newspaper ad fact-checking to come.