Pubdate: Thu, 09 Jan 2014
Source: Chico News & Review, The (CA)
Copyright: 2014 Chico Community Publishing, Inc.
Author: John Allen


Re "Chronic issues" (Newslines, by Howard Hardee, Dec. 12):

Watching the Butte County Board of Supervisors meeting of Dec. 10, 
2013, I was reminded why government at a national and state level is 
so inefficient. The issue was the regulation of marijuana. The board 
previously tried a strict ordinance, which was overturned by a vote 
of the people. So, the panel put the antis and pros together with the 
sheriff and the district attorney and came up with an ordinance that 
lasted one year.

I watched the attempt to make the ordinance stricter; four board 
members voted in favor of it. The other supervisor, Larry Wahl, 
appeared to be angry he couldn't get his way [to outlaw growing 
marijuana], and publicly chastised the other four. Now I cannot 
remember him ever voting before to keep the rules more liberal nor 
can I remember him out campaigning to defeat the "Let granny grow initiative."

Mr. Wahl, we need more common sense and less disruption. We the 
people need more action and less campaigning. In the end, you 
actually voted to keep things as they are-less restrictive.

John Allen

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