Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Willits Council votes to repeal Measure G
Pretty interesting. Three stories...
At a special meeting, the Willits City Council voted to send a letter to the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors urging them to place a measure on the June 2008 ballot to repeal Measure G and in support of the recently passed county ordinance restricting marijuana cultivation.
Few members of the public attended the Thursday, December 20 evening meeting and only Vice Mayor Larry Stranske, Councilman Greg Kanne and Councilwoman Tami Jorgensen were present representing the council. The vote was unanimous.
The meeting notice was posted at Willits City Hall on Wednesday and met the minimum notification requirements of the Brown Act. The special meeting was considered necessary to allow Willits to provide input to the County Board of Supervisors prior to its meeting on January 8.
One member of the public spoke in opposition to the proposed council action, one spoke in support and one attempted to discuss another matter but was silenced when he refused to stick to the topic.
Measure G passed in 2000 with 58.5 percent of the votes. The measure basically instructed county government to ignore marijuana use by anyone growing or using less than 25 plants whether for medical or recreational use. About 71 percent of the county registered voters cast ballots in the 2000 election... Read the whole story
By Linda Williams/TWN Staff Writer
Article Launched: 12/26/2007 10:50:44 AM PST
☛ 'Pot docs' issuing 'Get Out of Jail Free' cards
...While most think of cancer and AIDS when hearing of medical marijuana, in recent years most marijuana recommendations have been issued for far less serious illnesses by a small cadre of "pot docs." Medical marijuana recommendations seem to be evolving into Get Out of Jail Free cards rather than treatment for serious medical conditions....
☛ Medical marijuana cards
There are 17,710 valid medical marijuana cards issued for patients and primary caregivers in California, according to the California Department of Health Care Services as of November 21, 2007. The cards are administered through each county's public health department.
As of June 2007, there were 562 valid patient-only Mendocino County marijuana cards and an additional 198 primary caregiver county cards, according to the Mendocino Department of Public Health.
I'm just wondering what this all means. It looks like the 215 scammers are about to ruin it for all the legitimate "medical users." But that's if you still believe that that was what 215 was all about. Most of the people I see with 215 cards are young healthy college students. But people are tired of grow houses, fires, and the criminal element, tired of people using 215 to grow and then sell, making huge untaxed incomes.
So what is the solution? Bandaid approaches, trying to fix what is wrong with 215? Or legalization/decriminalization? And is that really a solutions, or are there unimagined consequences?
Humboldt got a 99 plant limit, with a 100 sq ft caveat - how did that transfer into whole house grows, xeroxed 215 cards, and the situations where 5 215 cards tacked on the wall push past all those limits?
With what's happening in Arcata, and now this in Mendocino - I'm just wondering.
Looks like Oregon has a six mature plants and up to 24 ounces of usable marijuana limit, and "a well thought out policy - seems to address just about anything & everything CA never thought of. The government website says Oregon is often contacted by other states wanting to use the OMMA as a model." ht: RS