Please note: The Citizens Group For A Responsible Cannabis Ordinance (CGRCO) does not want to restrict anyone’s right to consume marijuana, either for medical or recreational use, nor do we wish to prohibit anyone from growing up to six plants. Rather, we are working to prohibit commercial cannabis activity in Plumas County.
I have favored the legalization of marijuana since I was in high school. In 1996, I voted in favor of the Compassionate Use Act, which legalized the medical use of marijuana. In 2016, I voted in favor of Prop. 64, which allows recreational marijuana use.
However, Prop 64 is now ushering in to California large-scale commercial cannabis activity—something most of us who voted in favor of Prop. 64 did not understand or approve. After reviewing the 2016 Voter’s Guide, I realize now that it fails to discuss the commercial cannabis activity component of Prop. 64. The voter’s guide contains the following legal activities and restrictions:
Proposition 64 Legalizes Non-medical Marijuana Activities, With Restrictions
- Smoking marijuana in a private home or at a business licensed for on-site marijuana consumption.
- Possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and up to 8 grams of concentrated marijuana (such as hash).
- Growing up to six plants and keeping the marijuana produced by the plants within a private home.
- Giving away to other adults up to 28.5 grams of marijuana NS UP RO 8 GRAMS of concentrated marijuana.
- While driving a car, in any public place, anywhere smoking tobacco is prohibited.
- On the grounds of a school, day care center, or youth center while children are present.
- Growing in an area that is unlocked or visible from a public place.
- Providing marijuana to minors under the age of 21 for non-medical use.
The Argument In Favor of Proposition 64 in the voter information guide states the following:
California Medical Association supports Prop. 64 because it incorporates best practices from states that already legalized adult marijuana use, and adheres closely to the recommendations of California’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy, which included law enforcement and public health experts.
How Prop. 64 Works:
- Under this law, adults 21+ will be allowed to possess small amounts of nonmedical marijuana, and to grow small amounts at home for personal use. Sale of nonmedical marijuana will be legal only at highly regulated, licensed marijuana businesses, and only adults 21+ will be permitted to enter. Bars will not sell marijuana, nor will liquor stores or grocery stores.
- Drug dealers don’t ask for proof of age and today can sell marijuana laced with dangerous drugs and chemicals. 64 includes toughest-in-the-nation protections for children, requiring purchasers to be 21, banning advertising directed to children, and requiring clear labeling and independent product testing to ensure safety. Prop. 64 prohibits marijuana businesses next to schools.
Yes for Prop. 64; Yes for commercial cannabis?
I voted for legal recreational use and the growing of six plants per residence. I did not know I was voting for the possibility of commercial cannabis in Plumas County.
We who voted for Prop. 64 were sold a bill of goods by its proponents. We thought we were voting to decriminalize marijuana consumption and to allow folks to grow a little pot. We also thought we were voting to allow citizens to decide for themselves how to live their own lives as long as they did not negatively impact others.
Prop. 64 has opened the floodgates to commercial cannabis activity. In Plumas County, we now have many illegal large cannabis grows and unwanted commercial cannabis activity. In Sierra Valley, there is a commercial site with several thousand plants, 24/7 armed security guards, and drones flying for security. Had I known then what I know now…?
Out of proportion
All societal problems increase proportionally to scale. My neighbors consuming marijuana or growing a few plants would likely have limited negative impact on the quality of my life or on the lives of my neighbors. Those same cannabis neighbors growing hundreds or thousands of plants in large, ugly hoop houses will invite “bad actors” and cause environmental damage. This will negatively impact the quality and fabric of not just my life, but also the lives of all my neighbors.
Those of us who have chosen to make Plumas County our home have established our lives, families, and citizenship long before the issue of commercial cannabis activity arose. As a small, rural community, why would we knowingly choose to allow and/or support any activity with the potential to negatively impact neighbors and the community we all love and cherish?
This is why the CGRCO is working to stop commercial cannabis activity in Plumas County. We want to do so while ensuring our friends and neighbors can enjoy the personal provisions Prop. 64 allows.