Pubdate: Mon, 30 May 2016
Source: Chico Enterprise-Record (CA)
Copyright: 2016 Chico Enterprise-Record
Note: Letters from newspaper's circulation area receive publishing priority
Author: Denice A. Lessard


The dishonest depiction of "the majority of cannabis farmers as 
criminals" by the Farm Bureau and the yes on G campaign flier is 
appalling. Their claims are unsupported by facts and insulting to 
businesses and the largely legislate businesses and taxpaying property owners.

Public safety is compromised by the meth, pill and heroin crisis. 
Public safety is compromised by cartels operating in our county. But, 
it is also compromised when scarce law enforcement resources are 
directed to civil code enforcement instead of targeting dangerous 
criminals. Smell is not a public safety issue.

In fact, there is no revenue in pursuing the more critical, deadly 
epidemic and cartel enterprises. It is duplicitous of the Board of 
Supervisors to strive to collect $1.4 million in fines, yet declare 
Measure A is not a projected revenue stream for the county. Certainly it is.

Measure H weakens the rights of all property owners, eliminating 
judicial oversight of civil code collections and adjudication. It is 
unnecessary and duplicates a current ban on farming plants deemed 
illegal under federal law already covered by Farm Bureau regulations.

These underhanded tactics deceive voters who look to elected 
officials for factual and honest opinions.

- - Denice A. Lessard, Chico
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