Pubdate: Thu, 05 Mar 2015
Source: Chico News & Review, The (CA)
Copyright: 2015 Chico Community Publishing, Inc.
Author: Robert Catalano


I have read quite a few letters in this newspaper from those who 
refer to Measure A as "intimidation" and "bullying" from both the 
Butte County Board of Supervisors and Sheriff's Office, preventing 
sick people from getting their medicine.

First, if someone wants to grow their own medicine, Measure A allows 
them to do so. Second, Measure A was passed by about three-fifths of 
the voters in Butte County. It wasn't forced onto anyone; opponents 
had their opportunity to vote. Third, I went to a few of the public 
hearings concerning growing restrictions and the only "bullying" and 
"threatening" words I heard came from growers and their proponents 
telling the supervisors they would defeat or take legal action 
against any rules the supes put forth.

Measure A is now law because of democratic principles. What it 
doesn't do is allow people who need marijuana as medicine to be 
preyed upon by growers who give them 2-3 pounds of their medicine for 
the chance to raise and sell 8-10 times more for the growers' own profit.

By the way, I support the legalization of marijuana. I don't support 
an underground economy that takes advantage of the ill and evades 
paying taxes within the disguise of humanitarianism.

Robert Catalano

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