Pubdate: Sat, 06 Aug 2011 Source: Bakersfield Californian, The (CA) Copyright: 2011 The Bakersfield Californian Contact: http://www.bakersfield.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/36 Author: Darrel Dahms DON'T OUTLAW POT; REGULATE IT I've just finished reading the latest sensational headline in the Aug. 5 Californian about a marijuana grow being taken down, with a front-page blurb noting that it was near a high school. It has been pointed out previously that these grows have high fences and are secure against outsiders getting in or even seeing what's behind the fence. Do you think the growers were standing on the corner like hot dog vendors at a ballpark, pushing their pot to the schoolkids walking by? At a recent Kern County Board of Supervisors meeting, a comment was made that a good deal of pot found around the country was grown in California. My first thought: Would the gentleman who made that comment rather see it coming out of Mexico? It's time to rethink what's really going on here. Let's enforce the laws we have. We seriously need to form a group, including law enforcement, to draw up regulations and rules for growers, collectives and patients. That's going to be the best way to ensure what is smoked or eaten is safe and properly tested. Simply shutting it all down is just going to drive people back underground. I'd bet the cartels are paying a lobbyist to push for tighter restrictions that they won't have to follow. Kern County supervisors: Show us some real leadership, think outside the box and find a way to represent all of your constituents. DARREL DAHMS Bakersfield - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.