Pubdate: Thu, 22 Jan 2015
Source: Chico Enterprise-Record (CA)
Copyright: 2015 Chico Enterprise-Record
Note: Letters from newspaper's circulation area receive publishing priority
Author: Denice Lessard


So now Measure A has passed. What does this mean for patients? The 
entire Board of Supervisors claims to support patients rights to have 
access. But this is just not true.

Collectives have been eliminated. There are no dispensaries in Butte 
County. In some areas you cannot legally grow at all. Large numbers 
of residents live in apartments and trailer parks that do not permit 
cultivation. Landlords actively prohibit "420 growing." You must get 
permission from your neighbors. Most important, don't forget those 
who are unable to grow due to physical disabilities.

There was no consideration of the canopy space necessary to farm a 
marijuana plant that is pest and disease free. Moldy and diseased 
plants result from inadequate growing space and are unhealthy to consume.

It is 80-plus miles one way to find a dispensary. Patients who have 
to use dispensaries will be forced to travel several hours and pay 
for medicine that otherwise was provided free by their cooperatives.

The county failed to disclose it would spend potentially millions of 
your dollars ensuring there is no legal access for most patients to 
medical marijuana in Butte County. Is that really what the voters want?

- - Denice Lessard, Chico
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