[This November Nevada County voters will decide whether to adopt a new and revised marijuana ordnance or keep the existing one. The marijuana cultivation issue continues to generate more heat than light. Here is one comparative analysis that was published in the September edition of The Nugget, the monthly newsletter of Nevada County Republican Women Federated. Its author Jo Ann Rebane is 2nd VP and Legislative Chair of the NCRWF. (She also happens to be my wife.)
The piece includes a downloadable pdf of a spreadsheet that compares by attribute the current ordnance with the ballot’s Measure S. I have also included that spreadsheet below the text. Readers may wish to consider and share a third column that contains their druthers for a new ordnance. gjr]
Jo Ann Rebane
For a moment, set aside these facts: that Marijuana is listed by the Federal Controlled Substances Act as a Schedule 1 Drug which has a high potential for abuse; that, according to Dr. Mitchell S. Rosenthal founder of Phoenix House, substance abuse treatment and prevention center, “…pot damages the heart and lungs, increases the incidence of anxiety, depression and schizophrenia…”; that marijuana does lasting damage to the brains of adolescents and it impairs learning, memory and judgment according to Dr. Nora Volkow’s research at Northwestern University; that Colorado and Washington states have legalized recreational use of marijuana; that California voters in 1996 approved Prop 215 allowing marijuana cultivation for medical purposes only; and that cities and counties may adopt and enforce ordinances consistent with the state’s health and safety code.
What we do need to focus on right here in Nevada County is Measure S on the November ballot. According to Nevada County Supervisor Richard Anderson, proponents of Measure S want voters to replace a liberal ordinance with a more liberal ordinance. The current medical marijuana cultivation ordinance, adopted in May 2012 specifies where, how, and how much medical marijuana may be cultivated in unincorporated residential and agricultural areas of the county. The current ordinance has enforcement, appeal and abatement provisions, and provides the community a means to alleviate nuisance marijuana “grows” and encourages those who legitimately grow it for their personal medical use to be good neighbors.