California County Tries To Ban Pot Farms
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California County Tries To Ban Pot Farms
Posted by CN Staff on April 24, 2014 at 06:30:04 PT
By Sharon Bernstein
Source: Reuters
California -- Citing marijuana fields springing up next to high schools and in abandoned barns, Sacramento County supervisors are set to declare pot gardens a public nuisance in the latest move by a local government to rein in California's cannabis industry.U.S. states are increasingly moving to drop curbs on marijuana following landmark voter initiatives in Colorado and Washington state in 2012 that legalized the drug for recreational use.
But in California, where medical marijuana is legal but recreational use is not, state laws are hazy on who is allowed to grow and sell the drug, leading to a chaotic and largely unregulated marketplace of street-corner pot dispensaries, illegal cannabis farms and inappropriate prescribing by unethical doctors.Cities and counties have struggled to impose order on an piecemeal basis as the state wrestles with developing a regulatory framework for the thriving if messy medical marijuana industry."A huge number of complaints were received last year from residents with regard to outdoor marijuana cultivation," said Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan, who introduced the measure to ban marijuana gardens as a public nuisance. "Many were close to schools, group homes and other sensitive uses."The fields can also be dangerous, as owners use weapons and dogs to guard their investments. Ten slayings currently under prosecution in the county have been linked to attempted marijuana theft, she said.On Tuesday, the board unanimously signaled its intent to approve MacGlashan's ordinance, which will be up for a final vote on May 13.The board postponed a decision on banning indoor cultivation of marijuana to study whether an all-out prohibition would infringe on the rights of medical cannabis patients to grow plants for their own use.Sacramento County's plan would apply to unincorporated areas outside of the city of Sacramento, many of which have large lots and a semi-rural feel.Two state bills to regulate the cultivation, selling and prescribing of medical pot are working their way through the legislature, but differences remain on whether health officials or the alcoholic beverage control department should oversee rules on cultivating and distributing the drug.Reporting by Sharon Bernstein; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Steve OrlofskySource: Reuters (Wire)Author: Sharon BernsteinPublished: April 23, 2014Copyright: 2014 Thomson ReutersCannabisNews  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #2 posted by Swazi-x on April 24, 2014 at 14:12:27 PT
More Blather
Cities and counties have not tried to regulate cannabis - the majority are trying ban dispensaries and as much as possible, ban cultivation altogether using these same tired exaggerations and lies. California medical cannabis is very much under siege from local officials more interested in imposing their personal world views on those they rule than actually helping them.Many have banned dispensaries entirely, and once that's done they start working on banning cultivation entirely. Each time they use "public nuisance" as the offense, when the real public nuisance is an elected official who acts against the best interest of the citizens.Not only does the banning of dispensaries hurt those in need of this herb (and I'm no friend of these often greedy retail outlets), the substantial taxes from these businesses are lost and that cash goes back into the black market instead.Either these local yokels are on the take from corporations that benefit from re-criminalizing cannabis, or, more likely, they're in bed with local law enforcement panicked that they'll have to lay off some friends if they lose the sweet federal cannabis interdiction funding. It's a big part of every local sheriff's and police's income and helps drive the increasing militarization of local police. What they're trying to do is keep their police buddies rolling in cash to buy armored vehicles and automatic weapons, and none of those last-century dicknuts pulling the strings care how it hurts real citizens. None of us have the money to help them get re-elected, but members of the law enforcement unions, prison guard unions, on and on most certainly do.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on April 24, 2014 at 10:38:08 PT
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