The official title of Measure B, which will be on your November ballot, is the Medicinal and Adult Use of Cannabis Ordinance. You’d assume from that name that California never passed Prop. 64. Oddly lacking in its title is anything whatsoever about growing marijuana commercially, yet that is exactly what this measure is about.
Like virtually all initiatives, Measure B represents the agenda of those who wrote it, in this case a group of marijuana growers who have been producing crops locally in quantities that exceed the amount of medical marijuana that could ever be used by local patients. Where did the excess go? Exported out of county at a profit—for the growers, not for the county.
Measure B proponents speak nobly of helping wounded veterans, the ill, and the elderly by turning Plumas County into meadows of marijuana, but this is less about aiding medical marijuana patients than it is about making money—at the expense of the rest of us.
Measure B folks suggest that licensing fees and taxes will easily offset the county’s additional costs to administer and enforce their ordinance, but in a report to the Board of Supervisors, department heads expressed skepticism that revenue would be sufficient to cover anticipated costs.
Measure B gives a select few of the county’s residents priority in obtaining a license to grow commercially, yet its supporters pooh-pooh the notion that lawsuits will follow. But the Constitution’s equal protection clause virtually guarantees that Plumas will be sued by non-priority residents interested in cashing in here. It’s we the taxpayers who would be stuck with the cost of defending these suits, not the growers.
Like the old adage says, “Follow the money.” Then vote no on Measure B.