[Last night the various factions of the local MMJ stakeholders held a townhall gathering in the historic Nevada Theater. It was moderated by Pascale Fusshoeller of Yubanet.com and broadcast live on KVMR. Jo Ann and I were in attendance in the packed hall. The on onstage panel of five made lengthy opening statements after which they answered questions from the audience. I personally laud the efforts that our MMJ proponents are making to understand the comprehensive MMJ vs RMJ issue and work with the Nevada County Board of Supervisors to arrive at an acceptable ordinance that defines the kind of permissible MMJ grows and the distribution of the product.
One of the panelists was Ms Patricia Smith president of the local chapter of Americans for Safe Access and a longtime contributor to these pages. She has kindly submitted the following piece covering last night’s proceedings to inform RR readers of the progress toward the new ordinance. gjr]
The Town Hall meeting at the Nevada Theatre was convened to showcase the differences between the approaches that the Stakeholders have recommended from those that the County have proposed in their Interim Ordinance. To listen to the entire discussion, log onto KVMR at http://archive.kvmr.org. Scroll to June 18th, 6:00pm.
All five Stakeholder members of the Advocacy side were on the panel, none of the County's representatives agreed to appear. I can understand them not wanting to go into the "lion's den," but they should have the courage of their convictions to defend their proposals to the public.
At issue is how the County will respond to the vote of the people. So far, they are still behaving as if they know what is best for the citizens of Nevada County. Making decisions for the County is exactly what the Supervisors were elected to do, however, they forfeited that right when, through their own arrogance, they insisted on putting Measure W on the ballot to cement the ban into law.