Plumas & Prop. 64

A recent letter writer to the Feather River Bulletin charges that Plumas County is actively working to subvert the vote of the citizens here by establishing a moratorium on the growing of commercial cannabis. The following is the actual language used in the Official Voter Information Guide for the Prop. 64 Marijuana Legalization Initiative Statute:

“Legalizes marijuana under state law, for use by adults 21 or older. Imposes state taxes on sales and cultivation. Provides for industry licensing and establishes standards for marijuana products. Allows local regulation and taxation. Fiscal Impact: Additional tax revenues ranging from high hundreds of millions of dollars to over $1 billion annually, mostly dedicated to specific purposes. Reduced criminal justice costs of tens of millions of dollars annually.”

Right to restrict

Nowhere in the ballet initiative does it state that you will be allowed to grow marijuana as a commercial product anywhere you would like. The State of California left land use issues to the discretion of the individual counties.

Plumas County has wisely put on the brakes to the explosive proliferation of unlawful commercial growers that is occurring. Commercial growers from both within and outside of our county are flooding real estate offices with purchases of land that would be suitable for marijuana grow. And if the land has a water source, all the better. At the BOS-appointed working group meetings, lawyers representing outside investors attended and spoke in favor of the liberal cannabis ordinance that was being written and promoted.

If you voted no on Prop. 64, were you just thinking about the use of marijuana and not the ramifications of what would happen if the ballot measure passed? If you voted yes for the legalization of recreational marijuana, were you also thinking about the possibility of commercial growers starting up all over Plumas and changing the landscape of our beautiful county?

No mandate

Here in Plumas County, Prop. 64 passed by a very narrow margin of 52% to 48%. This is hardly a mandate for commercial growers to cultivate more than six plants wherever they like.

Recreational Marijuana use by adults over the age of 21 will become legal in Plumas County on January 1, 2018. We do not seek to overturn or prevent responsible adult use of marijuana. The voters of the State of California spoke in November 2016, Prop. 64 passed, and we respect their vote.

The Concerned Citizens for a Responsible Cannabis Ordinance (CGRCO) put together an ordinance restricting marijuana grows. We submitted our ordinance to the Board of Supervisors, and they voted to forward it to the Planning Commission. Our ordinance, by design, is very strict. We ask that you stay in touch with your supervisor, and let him or her know that you support restrictions on commercial growing in Plumas.

Kathy Felker
Citizen Member of the Concerned Citizens for a Responsible Cannabis Ordinance

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