Like it or not, we’re in a real battle here. The fight to keep commercial cannabis out of Plumas County is a struggle and a slog. Our opponents mean business because they think their livelihoods are at stake. There’s some serious money to be made in this Green Rush, and they know it.
It’s this simple: One side has everything to gain, and the other has everything to lose. We either vote NO on Measure B and protect our county from the dangers of commercial cannabis or we vote yes and open the Pandora’s Box and let out all the problems Calaveras and Humboldt and others are now struggling to control.
Our Plumas neighbors who are growers want to get in on the Green Rush and profit from it. We want to keep commercial cannabis activity out of Plumas because we can’t bear losing what makes our county worth living in—its natural beauty, clean air and water, safety and healthy wildlife.
Money can make any fight nasty. It can pit Plumas neighbor against neighbor, landowner against landowner, one side’s Webmaster against the other side’s Webmaster. It can turn the most critical issue of our county into an uber-polarizing, they-said, they-wrote cesspool of distorted online posts, real and feigned outrage, and general ugliness between fellow residents.
But let’s remember that we’re neighbors and will be long after this divisive issue is settled. Our children will attend the same schools, we’ll see each other at the same grocery stores, pump gas next to one another, eat lunch in the same restaurants, maybe even watch our children play together in Little League.
Let’s treat one another with respect and resist playing dirty political games. Let’s fight clean. That way we can say what we mean and mean what we say online without fear of the other side misrepresenting our words and using them against us.
Prop. 64 is the law of the land. Recreational marijuana is legal, and medical marijuana can be helpful. We stand with our pro-grow fellow Plumas residents in affirming both. Our fight is not with Prop. 64; it’s with those who want commercial cannabis activity in Plumas County in the form of Measure B.
We may be in a battle, but we’re not at war. Let’s fight cleanly—with character and courtesy.