Sunday, April 20, 2008

Ukiah is still about marijuana

The county is only 80% of normal and may enact mandatory water restrictions as early as May. But it isn't that important.

The school district has sent lay-off notices to 70 teachers in Ukiah. Even with the protest, it has hardly gone noticed.

Jobs are flying out of the county and Ukiah is worried that it is going to be the victim of a box store economy. Hardly a whisper in the community.

Nope, all the hype in Mendocino County is a measure to limit the growth of marijuana, not eliminate it, limit it. In 2000, the voters of Mendocino County passed Measure G, an initiative that attempted to decriminalize the cultivation of marijuana. Basically, it said this:

The Ordinance will:
(A) Instruct the County government to support all efforts toward the decriminalization of marijuana.
(B) Instruct the County Sheriff and District Attorney to make marijuana enforcement their lowest priority with respect to other crimes.
(C) Establish a maximum limit of plants and weight for cultivation and possession of marijuana for personal use in Mendocino County, and prohibit the expenditure of public funds for enforcement of marijuana laws against cultivators and users in possession of quantities below that limit.
(D) Remove the fear of prosecution and the stigma of criminality from people who harmlessly cultivate and/or use marijuana for personal medical or recreational purposes.
(E) Extend police protection to those growing or possessing marijuana for personal use.
(F) Provide for the continued enforcement of marijuana laws against those who cultivate, transport and possess marijuana for sale.
The Board of Supervisors shall use its budgetary authority to ensure that the Sheriff’s Office makes no arrests and issues no citations for violations of the above State Health and Safety Code Sections in any single case involving twenty-five (25) or fewer adult flowering female marijuana plant or the equivalent in dried marijuana.

Basically the police have had their hands tied in dealing with marijuana crimes, which by the
way, have gone up dramatically since Measure G passed. Home invasions, gun related crimes, assaults dealing with drugs, all have gone up. Students constantly complain about the problems with drug dealing in neighborhoods and the stench of skunky week with October and the harvest rolls around. Many in Redwood Valley say that they can't even leave their house because the smell is so overpowering.

Now there is Measure B, an initiative that is on the June ballot and will repeal Measure G, sending the marijuana law back to the Prop 215 state mandate; 6 plants or 8oz of processed weed. The proponents of Measure B came to their senses that Mendocino County has quickly become a magnet for drug dealers and in terms of schools, basically legitimized the illegal drug trade. The opponents of Measure B insist that they need at least 25 plants (you get 25 per family member with a Medical Marijuana card) to take care of whatever ailment afflicts them. The so called "compassionate use" crowd seems to think that they should take care of not only their medical needs, but also the "needs" of all those in the county that would love to get high for any reason (ie kids, the homeless, the mentally ill, and whomever else they can poison). Basically, most "compassionate users" are drug dealers.

Thankfully we now have a county sheriff and district attorney that actually have the health and security of the county in mind. Both stated in a recent town meeting that Measure G created a suction of outside marijuana growers that have destroyed the environment and dramatically increased crime. Local law enforcement supports Measure B. Local doctors support Measure B. Most teachers support Measure B. Hell, K.C. Meadows supports Measure B.

Oh yeah, and 86% of all the money for the "No on Measure B" campaign is coming from out-of-the-county marijuana advocates. So much for "all politics is local".

Coming from a school teacher and a person that wants to see smart growth and success for the city of Ukiah, vote YES on Measure B.
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