Pubdate: Fri, 24 Aug 2012
Source: Chico Enterprise-Record (CA)
Copyright: 2012 Chico Enterprise-Record
Note: Letters from newspaper's circulation area receive publishing priority
Author: Garry Cooper


Supervisors Larry Wahl, Bill Connelly and Kim Yamaguchi have done 
Butte County a huge disservice by trying to jam their new marijuana 
ordinance down the voters' throats.

Obviously this new restrictive ordinance will not be allowed to be 
enacted and will be referended against. The growers will now not only 
referenda against it, but they will draft their own ordinance to be 
passed at the June election that certainly will be more liberal to 
the backyard grower than what would be able to be negotiated with 
them right now, and that ordinance will not be able to be challenged 
or altered by anyone but the voters themselves. This is exactly the 
opposite of what is intended by these supervisors.

Another obvious ramification is that the voters will express their 
disdain at these self-indulgent supervisors who have told the voters 
to put their votes where the sun don't shine by also efficiently 
using their signature gatherers to remove them from their positions - 
especially Wahl, who has done virtually nothing for this county of 
note. Furthermore, great care will be taken in the November elections 
to stop any like-minded candidate from membership on the board.

The rush to adopt this new ordinance is obvious and the voters will 
certainly be slapped in the face once again at Tuesday's meeting when 
it is adopted regardless of the lack of adequate venue, overwhelming 
opposition, and inadequate vetting process.

I would encourage the supervisors to capitalize on this opportunity 
by rethinking their actions.

- - Garry Cooper, Durham
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