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Calaveras County Enters Illicit Drug Trade for Economic Salvation

Some people say California has already legalized marijuana and Proposition 64 gives it a chance to be regulated. Pandora’s box has been opened.  We can and will put it back, by following federal law and adhering to international treaties.

California never learned how to regulate medical marijuana, so it will not learn anything new 20 years later.   Calaveras County serves as a great example.  Now a group is working to ban commercial grows Calaveras County this fall.  Please support them. Here’s why:

Abuse of Humans and the Environment

On September 14, two women were arrested for holding four men captive to work on a marijuana plantation near West Point in Calaveras County.   The men had escaped violence in Mexico, only to be forced at gun point to work on a marijuana plantation. When discovered in late July, a chain of events began and several law enforcement agencies eradicated 23,245 marijuana plants on private and public lands.  The Federal Bureau of Land Management led the way.

Calaveras County had a devastating fire that burned 71,000 acres and destroyed 860 houses and other buildings.  In seeking economic salvation, the County commissioners voted 4 to 1 to sell licenses for cultivating “medical marijuana”.  They ultimately sold 200 permits for an annual fee of $5,000, bringing in $1 million in revenues.  By imposing a $2 per square foot annual levy on outdoor commercial grows, and $5 per square foot on indoor grows, the County hopes to bring in $4 million in new tax revenue.

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A camper left behind by marijuana growers in Calaveras County.  Read more.

The licenses allow up to 99 plants.  If you do the math, at 1 to 5 lbs per plant in outdoor cultivation, that equates to 118,000 to almost 600,000 joints.  Some indoor grows in Oregon are getting in excess of 10 lbs per plant, with plants the size of orange trees. All of this is being grown under the guise of medicine in a  “medical marijuana” market that has long since been saturated.

Should Prop 64 pass, and every resident allowed to grow 6 plants, and enforcement will be simply impossible.  Just read the testimonies of those who are suffering from the crime and selfishness of marijuana growers. Let’s Save Calaveras County.

Crime and More Crime

A year ago, a 72-year-old woman was arrested for shooting and killing her son because “he was going to rape her.”  They lived together on a marijuana farm in West Point, Calaveras County.  Also in 2015, three people were shot and killed trying to steal marijuana from a local pot farm. Ironically, the Sheriff and California Highway Patrol are ramping up to provide better protection for the growers during harvest season, including extensive use of a helicopter.  In contrast, it is almost impossible to get anyone to enforce state or federal laws to protect the public from the drug.

Human trafficking is all over California’s marijuana trade.  In San Francisco, Asian gangs bring in young, underage laborers living in crowded grow houses surrounded by the stench.

In Lake County, two marijuana growers used a 15-year old girl for labor and sex, chaining her ankle to a box to keep her from escaping.  The men are expected to plead guilty for “illegally growing marijuana and using a minor in a drug operation,” while the sexual and human trafficking charges are dismissed.  Are these the people the ACLU claims are non-violent drug offenders while trying to get them out of jail?

Cosmopolitan Magazine and Reveal recently published exposés of the secretive sexual exploitation that is woven into very profitable marijuana industry of the Emerald Triangle (Humboldt, Trinity and Mendocino Counties).

Economic Salvation is Really the Downfall

Calaveras isn’t unique in turning to pot to solve their economic problems.  Examples include Desert Hot Springs who is planning on 3 million square feet of indoor cultivation; Adelanto, a desert town in Southern California with no other obvious forms of salvation; and Coalinga, a little town in the San Joaquin valley converting a prison to a pot farm. All these towns are oblivious the harmful impacts of marijuana on humans, or the fact that social costs will exceed income by 10 times, or that they have violated federal law and their most fundamental responsibility, to protect the people.marijuanaisthedevil

In populated areas throughout the state, the stench (i.e. skunk-like smell) is causing serious air pollution problems. It triggers asthma in children or make conditions worse.  People can’t open their windows at night, and if they complain their lives are threatened. The pesticides used threaten the health of anyone within 1 to 1.5 miles, and have been linked to serious illnesses, including harms to babies in utero. The net result is the quality of life is adversely affected, real estate values are diminished and it is all to produce a problem with known harms to the brains of our youth.

Drug legalizers say the War on Drugs has failed, and that legalization is the answer.  For sure, greed and money in politics gets in the way. It’s a war that can never be won entirely, but surrender isn’t an option.  From 1978 to 1992, marijuana and other drug use by youth was cut in half.  Because of today’s greed and the influence of money on our politicians, marijuana use has gone from 7 to 13% over the past 8 years, and 129 Americans dying of drug overdose every day.

Marijuana and other drugs inflict more death, social destruction and economic cost on this nation than all events in modern history.  If we care about our youth, public health, safety and our natural resources, it is time to demand of our leaders at all levels that they focus once again on serving the people and fulfilling their oath of office.  That includes Calaveras County.   Vote No on Prop 64.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR ….

ROGER MORGAN Chairman/Founder, Take Back America Campaign, 

20 year anti-drug activist dealing with drug prevention at the local, state and national level.  (www.tbac.us)Formerly Chairman and Executive Director of the Coalition for A Drug-Free California. Owner/CEO of Steelheart International LLC, engaged in international business development and has been an entrepreneur and businessman in California for 35 years.  He was Founding Chairman of the Coronado SAFE Foundation in 1997, a non-profit dealing with drug prevention; prior Board Member of the San Diego Prevention Coalition; member of the National Coalition for Student Drug Testing; and Special Advisor to the Golden Rule Society in Coronado.

Here’s the Problem When Neighbor’s Marijuana is Next Door

My Neighbor’s Marijuana Weeds Runneth Over

A neighbor’s marijuana prompts this person to warn our readers. A number of our readers share their testimonies about the impact of marijuana on quality of life.  This blog about a neighbor is our third testimony about the marijuana lifestyle and how it affects others.  Read My Hopes for a Peaceful Retirement and   Living the Pot Lifestyle.

I live right next door to a marijuana grow and even though the county has a law banning the grow of marijuana for any reason, law enforcement won’t enforce it for several reasons.  Money/lack of resources isn’t one of them.   I cannot allow my grandchildren to come over anymore.  I’ve reported the issue to the irrigation district, the sheriff and the Board of Supervisors.  

It’s been almost two months and nothing has been done.  The plants are at least two feet above the 10-foot fence they installed that we share.   I am literally 30 feet away from the outside plants. Because there’s a loud electrical buzzing, there’s probably an indoor grow as well.

Law Enforcement’s Hands are Tied

Here’s what law enforcement wrote back to me about my neighbor’s marijuana:

“It’s not about money…We can’t get the Feds to prosecute because the Obama Administration has told the US Attorneys not to prosecute MJ cases.  No local prosecution because of Prop 215 and  our Attorney General who has added mud to water over prosecution.   Yes, the Board of Supervisors has taken a position based upon land use, not criminality and that is handled administratively through the county.  What you describe is not a land use issue.  Bottom line, we’re quickly getting out of the eradication business and we’ll see what happens with Proposition 64 on November the 8th.”

Because no one is enforcing the law, marijuana grows are allowed to continue unchecked.

Pesticide Risks from a Neighbor’s Marijuana

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Once people look deeper, they discover a great deal of problems with legalization of marijuana. (even before legalization) Know more = Vote No!

It exposes those living around them to toxic chemicals including pesticides linked to autism and other serious irreversible neurological damage.  Common pesticides used on marijuana are Avid, Phosmat, Diazinon, Organophosphate –pesticides which were used to make Agent Orange during Vietnam.

Pesticide drift is a serious problem, even when pesticides are used responsibly. We all know the goal of marijuana growers is not the responsible use of pesticides.  Pesticides can drift for miles in residential areas. I have watched my organic tomatoes die and my potted flowers wither. I can smell the chemicals from the grow and the fumes come through my air conditioner. I’m very concerned that my entire yard and my house could be contaminated with pesticides that cause nerve damage.

Think about what your neighbor can get away with if this is legal in the entire state. The only way to stop your neighbor’s marijuana is to Vote No on 64.

A Reader’s Letters on Prop 64 to the Los Angeles Times

A reader shared with us two letters on Prop. 64, the Adult Legalization of Marijuana Act sent to the Los Angeles Times.  She said, “It isn’t yet a legal substance, yet I realize that I have constantly smelled very strong marijuana fumes in my yard for about the last month.”  Those who remember the smog  Los Angeles suffered from in the past cannot believe that the state is willing to embrace a return to such a major environmental disaster again.

Patricia Jackson writes: “Here is what I submitted in reaction to a story ‘Tough New Climate Limits’ which ran on Friday, September 9, 2016:

I question whether these new tough climate laws will achieve their full potential if marijuana is legalized.  I already find myself closing my car windows and running my air conditioning substantially more often than in prior years because of the overpowering smell of marijuana. People who smoke pot in their cars seem to almost always open their windows for some reason.

Both my front and back yard are constantly filled with the smell of marijuana both in the earliest morning when I walk out to pick out my copy of my just-delivered LA Times as well as into the evening when I go out into my backyard.  On a recent 3-day weekend while painting high up on a ladder I had to wear a respirator mask at all times because the wind carried the at times chokingly-powerful smell of marijuana from someone near by who was on a morning-to-night marijuana bender.

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Once people look deeper, they discover a great deal of problems with legalization of marijuana. Know more = Vote No!

One of your first stories on the legalization of marijuana featured a marijuana distributor standing in a state park. I thought the point of state and national parks was to create a nature experience. The legalization of marijuana will rob many people of the right to clean air and will disproportionately affect people living in apartments and people who cannot speak up for themselves for a variety of reasons. I’d like to know who is liable if I am overcome by fumes and sustain an injury. Unlike all the other places where marijuana has been legalized, Los Angeles has often record-low amounts of rain to clear the air, a host of dying mature trees and air that already contains a high amount of particulate matter.

It baffles me that the legalization of marijuana is even being considered in a way that gives a free hand to marijuana smokers about where they smoke. I’d also like to see a story about how often childrens’ sports teams in public parks (soccer, basketball, swimming, etc) experience marijuana fumes during their workouts. My experience was that every time I picked up my children from the park I smelled strong marijuana fumes.Please, please take the time to make clear that by legalizing marijuana we are abdicating our right to clean air.

The second letter is to Robin Abcarian, who is writing a series on marijuana legalization

I have been reading your series on the presumed legalization of marijuana and am baffled at the lack of discussion of the effect on clean air.  There are no restrictions on where marijuana may be used, the restrictions are on where it is sold.  I can tell you from overwhelming personal experience that the powerful effects of the wind in dispersing marijuana fumes from the most powerful brands of pot are not being considered at all.  This means that pot may not be consumed physically next to school but in areas adjoining and the smell wafts over to the school. Or, what happened to me: I discovered while high up on a ladder to paint that marijuana odors travel at different rates on the wind.  The fumes were far more powerful up high than they were at ground level.

The unrestricted ability to smoke some of the really potent, smelly marijuana means that the so-called selling point protections are meaningless because they fail to take into account how children and vulnerable adults could be impacted by powerful marijuana fumes. I am also interested in knowing what protections exist for people who are neighbors of heavy users and/or who live in apartments.

I currently smell marijuana when I step out into my yard around 6-7am and into the evening. I have completely lost the ability to know with any degree of certainty that I will be able to breathe in and get clean, un-marijuana-soiled air. I voted for legalization the last time, but I most certainly won’t this time because my experience has been that fumes from the types of brands of marijuana now available substantially reduce my quality of life in reducing my guaranteed access to un-marijuana-laced air.

I recently noticed just how polluted the air outside and in my home had become when I went to a dental office and was astounded at how refreshingly odor-free the air was.  The dentist’s office was always a place previously where I was acutely aware of odors. Recent land-mark California clean air legislation could be completely undermined by the additional need for air conditioners, fans, and other technologies to block the smell of marijuana.If the marijuana industry is so profitable, they should be setting up and publicizing odor-free zones instead of sending people to side streets to smoke their pot (and yes, my street has filled that function for pot dispensaries). If you are dispensing it, people should be using the really smelly stuff somewhere where not everyone else is forced to participate.

Sick and tired of strong pot fumes all the time,

Patricia Jackson

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Marijuana Stinks. Vote no on 64.

Yuba County Voters Should Say No A & B

By Roger Morgan, Take Back America Campaign rogermorgan339@gmail.com, Follow on Facebook/Twitter

Two propositions are on the June 7 ballot. They reflect county board discussions from last year. Watch the video below to learn more.

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