A lot there including…
- our own Hezekiah Allen as a “third-generation cannabis farmer” (did not know this – he has represented himself as a “consultant”.)
- Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom using his liberal cred saying this is about making changes to avoid a corporate takeover
“Corporate interests would rewrite the state’s rules “and they will try to write you out,” Newsom told a crowd of 200 at a public forum in Garberville during his late May trip. “We cannot let that happen.”
CCVH isabout a corporate takeover. It’s about money in the form of Weed Inc. finding it’s way to power. It’s what changed our local land use document – one that was all but finalized by democratically elected officials and then changed when Weed Inc. and other powerful allies did not like the results.
This is Weed Inc. getting the ear of liberal (ish) leaders and finding a way to write laws to institutionalize a product with very real and explicit primary and secondary effects on our society.
Politicians, even Democrats, are dependent on money and there is a bunch of money in weed.
I don’t see how this works for the benefit of the public generally, unless the costs are properly taxed. Who knows, if properly taxed, where there is enough money left over after the increased enforcement needed for regulation and enforcement for things like providing increased schooling for children of growers, increased roads and services for the transportation and water necessary for growers, increased monitoring of back-country rivers for sedimentation and pesticide usage for growers, and all the increased second hand effects related to Weed which regular walks around Cooper’s Gulch here in Eureka should help you to comprehend.
But given the current context of our political discussion where libertarianism is our society’s default utopia we know our weakly liberal leaders from the Northcoast will not have the ability to put in the necessary teeth or tax rates that this product will require to make up for what it will cost our society.
If you have any doubt, just look at what the context of Eureka’s budget. It’s where we are headed. No taxes as those with money are find with Reagan era marginal tax rates and an economy based on a mind-altering drug. This does not end well – especially if one is concerned about, say, trees, salmon, our climate, things other than how bills will be paid this week and if we can walk to the market without confronting decline, poverty or violence.
Democratic leaders, you seem to be heading on the wrong direction on this important topic. Representatives of Senator McGuire, Assemblyman Wood and Congressman Huffman, enjoy yourself at the Humboldt Democrat’s Chicken by the Sea Today. Just know that what Humboldt needs from you is leadership and sometimes doing the right thing isn’t always following what your constituents with the most money and/or those who have found a way to bend your ear are telling you. Sometimes, its others – here is one. This is from local hero (and Democrat) who has given more than any parent ever should be asked – Richard Leamon. This is his full letter from the editor from one of the Time-Standards last week
Children must be protected from pot
I attended the Garberbille marijuana meeting last Friday. Many of our elected officials were there after having attended a closed meeting in the morning. The afternoon was an open meeting for the public, and the room was completely full. Our congressman, Jared Huffman, opened a public microphone and many growers began to make statements and give their views. After about 10 speakers in favor of marijuana, I was able to express concern about how children would be protected. We know some high school and middle school students smoke marijuana. We know that “edibles” in the form of brownies and other sweet treats are sometimes consumed by small children.
Our schools no longer have drug programs because the money went away. Police officers used to be trained in drug education, but not anymore. Our Fortuna High School used to have a drug counselor, but when money became tight, that position was eliminated. Often, our children only know what they hear from their friends.
California has a population of almost 39 million people and a large part are children under the age of 21. We must protect our youngest and most vulnerable citizens who are not mature enough to handle the effects of marijuana. Protecting our children from harmful effects of marijuana must be actively and directly faced. I live in Fortuna and hope we can have a public forum on this issue.
– Richard Leamon, Fortuna