I strongly urge all Siskiyou County voters to vote yes June 7 on
Measures T and U. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of
your vote on these measures.
The county is being overrun by people moving from down south
with the purpose of purchasing lots in rural neighborhoods for
the sole intent of growing marijuana.
They are not following existing county ordinances. They have no
wells, no approved livable structure and no septic whatsoever.
They just camp on the property leaving behind trash and waste,
bring in wild dogs and use illegal pesticides.
We have retirees and young families in the county who purchased
a small lot in rural neighborhoods to enjoy the beauties of the
county. These areas are not zoned for mass farming or industry.
These folks have to deal each day with the smell from these
numerous lots around them growing 100 plants or more.
Measures T and U have two intents. One, to protect the rights of
those complying with California’s Proposition 215 Laws, which
says that citizens have a right to grow medical marijuana. It
was the intent of the voters that those suffering from cancer
and other ailments can benefit from medical marijuana usage.
Secondly, we confirm under Measures T and U that Proposition 215
was never intended that residents living in rural neighborhoods
would be overrun by large unregulated marijuana production.
Frustratingly, existing ordinances which most people respected
only have small fines when compared to the incredible profit
these growers are making. They just pay the fine and keep
harming their neighbors’ standard of living.
Even medical marijuana users’ intent on following the rules are
upset about these flagrant violations. I have a constituent who
illegally smoked marijuana in the 1980s for cancer. This person
is very upset that these large marijuana industry grows are
harming her once peaceful neighborhood.
In short, Measure T puts teeth behind enforcement moving us past
small fines to actually allowing us to pull the plants, (the
large profit) much earlier. Measure U ensures that grows must be
limited to 12 plants per property and must be grown indoors in a
structure outside of the residence in order to reduce strong
odors in the neighborhood.
With a Yes vote on Measures T and U, the county will continue to
respect medical marijuana users while also being able to enforce
land-use laws respecting the private property rights of
homeowners in these rural neighborhoods.
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