Fact check: Yes on Measure B ad claims

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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 “ALLOWS FAMILY FARMS TO CONTINUE TO FARM. Many respected farms have been working in commercial cannabis in Plumas for decades, staying mindful and working within local and state regulations.”

Fact check: False

First, growers have never legally worked in commercial cannabis in Plumas County. As “caregivers” since 1996 per Prop. 215, they worked in nonprofit medical cannabis collectives/cooperatives. Legal commercial cannabis in Plumas doesn’t exist and never has.

Second, using wordplay to engender pastoral visions of Plumas families toiling on cannabis farms is not accurate; caregivers supplying patients and then selling the vast majority of their crops to dispensaries out of county is. They simply exploited a loophole in the law.

Third, Plumas growers were never legal “caregivers” under state law. Caregivers are defined as follows: “… the individual designated by the person exempted under this act [Prop. 215] who has consistently assumed responsibility for the housing, health or safety of that person.”

Ad claim: Measure B “REQUIRES STRICT REGULATORY OVERSIGHT FROM OVER HALF A DOZEN STATE AGENCIES.”

Fact check: Technically true, practically false

Definitely false for “priority resident” growers. It’s true that Measure B requires licensees to be subject to state and local regulation. However, the measure contradicts itself by exempting priority resident cultivators and other licensees from environmental oversight (CEQA).

In practical terms, the idea that Measure B growers will be monitored by any state regulatory agency is fantasy. There aren’t any roving water board SWAT teams watching anyone in Plumas. Same goes for the IRS and any other agency Measure B backers want to list.

Ad claim: Measure B “RESPECTS THE RIGHTS OF NEIGHBORS.”

Fact check: False

Does B respect the rights of neighbors by exempting priority resident growers from the county’s special use permit process? The process that ensures neighbors’ rights to challenge neighboring grows.

Under B, none of us can say a word about a priority resident grower’s huge pot farm near our properties.
This is respect?

Measure B backers also claim their ordinance prohibits cultivation in residential areas. This is absolutely untrue. B expressly permits cultivation in rural residential areas and in all suburban-zoned areas. Suburban—as in suburbs where families live in houses.

More Yes on Measure B ad fact-checking to come.

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