Pubdate: Thu, 21 Feb 2013
Source: Chico News & Review, The (CA)
Copyright: 2013 Chico Community Publishing, Inc.
Author: Kelly Meagher


There have been a number of bizarre hearings over medical marijuana, 
and the Feb. 12 Board of Supervisors meeting was no different. 
Usually, the strange behavior and wild claims come from the pro-pot 
folks. This time, that behavior came from two elected officials.

One, a supervisor, claimed that he had talked to many people who were 
afraid to speak out due to fear of evil-neighbor growers. He even 
included an anonymous letter from a family in his motion to kill the 
pot law. In over 30 years of [attending] public hearings, I have 
never seen a motion with an anonymous letter included. (His motion 
died for lack of support.)

Excuse me, these people are afraid? We are the ones who go to jail, 
have our bank accounts confiscated, our property seized, and our 
children taken from us.

Not to be outdone, another elected official said the reason we won 
was because the wording on the ballot was confusing. The 
aforementioned supervisor agreed wholeheartedly. Insulting the 
intelligence of the voters is never a good thing, especially by 
elected officials.

We are not afraid; we gathered thousands of signatures to force an 
election that we won last June. I don't know how the supervisors will 
vote on Feb. 26, but I do know two things. One is that we must end 
this needless and unwinnable war on drugs. The other is that we have 
history and the people on our side.

Kelly Meagher

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