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Posted by: News_Desk on 02/27/2017 01:35 PM Updated by: News_Desk on 02/27/2017 01:35 PM
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The Cannabis Growing Issue ~ A Letter To The Editor ~ By Albert Segalla

Calaveras County, CA...Dear Editor, This is concerning the cannabis growing issue. Perhaps we are making this issue more complicated than necessary. Isn't cannabis growing a unique land use?

If so, the general plan and zoning code should provide for locations which do not adversely affect neighbors. The BOS could form a balanced committee under the Planning Director to propose General Plan wording which could be passed by a public measure or General Plan update.

No need for Sheriff involvement, unless there is a violation of the civil or criminal codes. Asking law enforcement to administer regulations has not worked very well.

Time for a fresh approach. Yes?.

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This is all going to be moot...
Posted on: 2017-02-27 13:43:10   By: Anonymous
  Edited By: thepinetree
On: 2017-02-27 17:40:33

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    Researchers Share Economic Impact Data On Calaveras Cannabis
    Posted on: 2017-02-28 05:39:47   By: Anonymous
    Researchers Share Economic Impact Data On Calaveras Cannabis

    Tori James, MML News Reporter
    San Andreas, CA — While a majority of the Calaveras County supervisors and numerous locals favor lowering the boom on commercial cannabis cultivation in their backyards a study released last week on its local economic impact conservatively estimated its 2016 production value at $252 million.

    The report placed the industry’s total economic impact somewhere around $340 million, considering the ripple effects from increased spending in retail establishments and general spending in the community that occurred as a result.

    Published by the University of the Pacific, Center for Business and Policy Research in Stockton, it was co-authored by Dr. Jeff Michael and Dr. Thomas Pogue, respectively the center’s executive director and associate director. The pair spent about a year researching the industry for another report in which they modeled scenarios and various industry enterprises that might be legally permitted within the Sacramento area in order to project the potential of commercial cannabis there.

    The Calaveras report was commissioned by Ebbetts Pass Lumber Company owner Jason Hauer, an alumni, who saw the initial study and his own profits soar as commercial growers established their operations.

    A ‘Snapshot’ Attempt

    In an interview with Clarke Broadcasting Michael describes the study as a model-based estimate that attempts to capture a snapshot of 2016 cannabis cultivation industry activity in Calaveras.

    The numbers are based on research he and Pogue had already done on growing operations and then adjusted, using data shared by several registered commercial growers and additional interviews and others. It excludes non-registered and personal/caregiver grows as well as sales through the county’s three legal medical marijuana dispensaries. It does not look at public costs of enforcement or expenditures of revenues.

    “I think it is a reasonable estimate, not a precise tally from tax records, but building up to the best of our ability with the information that is there,” Michael explains. “We were conservative in a number of ways. We did not consider the canopy size and simply use multipliers based on best practices, for example.” Of current practices he remarks, “Locally, the growers are not getting the kind of yields and output seen from legal growers in Washington and Colorado. Most commercial grows registered under mixed light [usage] but very few are yet using that production technology, so we really dialed down our estimates, based on our interviews…but still came out with the high value output.”

    Describing the economic impact of Calaveras cannabis as larger by multiples over other county agricultural industry commodities and higher than estimates of hospitality industry sales, Michael estimates that the 700-plus registered commercial marijuana grows in 2016 represented between 15 and 20 percent of the county’s economy. He also states that it was responsible for creating 2,600 year-round equivalent jobs. So, for good or for ill, he says, “[The commercial cultivation industry] is significant, and that is why people have felt the impact both economically as well as culturally in the county.”

    Surging Taxable Sales A Sign Of The Times?

    Among related observations Michael points to are taxable sales within the county, which last year surged ahead of neighboring counties such as Amador. “That makes sense as that it is a result of, if you have had a significant increase of economic activity. Of course, it will be different between different merchants, as the hardware and lumber outlet in Arnold saw a large increase in sales.” In an interesting aside, Michael shares it was similarly hardware and materials suppliers that helped finance his center’s Sacramento research.

    Adding another anecdotal reference that could reflect an influx of activity in Calaveras last year, Michael mentions that when U-Haul Corporation published its annual list of top one-way U-Haul drop offs, Angels Camp cracked the Top 20 for small communities across the country.

    As the state moves forward towards the establishment of “track and trace” structuring and commercial grows, with the passage of Prop 64, will additionally serve legal recreational users, Michael projects that there will be fewer commercial growers and operations will move away from outdoor one-harvest growing towards more efficient year-round greenhouse technologies. He further maintains that areas like Calaveras with relative proximity to urban areas like the Bay Area and Sacramento will have an ability to thrive because they can more easily truck in their legally grown yields for processing and development into other products.

    Potential For A Strong Legal Industry?

    Could a strong legal industry in Calaveras inhibit the currently existing illegal one? Michael qualifies his response. “If the resources for enforcement are there and the presence of the industry helps generate it,” he states. “That is the goal and the target…Prop 64 proponents want the illegal industry out.”

    As for Humboldt County, a poster child for ban supporters, Michael says it is unlikely that market will become legal anytime soon. “The scale of operations is so huge already…we expect most of their crop to be sold illegally until more of the country moves towards legalizing it,” he opines. However he notes strides towards legitimization such as a state task force already busily seeking solutions to the industry’s cash and banking issues.

    As commercial cannabis continues to establish itself, both as an agricultural commodity and state-regulated industry, Michael states,”Things could look a lot different moving forward…they could change quickly.”

    Should Calaveras decide to sway in support commercial marijuana cultivation, which at this point is uncertain, Michael plans continuing his industry study from other angles. “I would like to look at some of the fiscal and tax revenue issues,” he states. “They are important…in thinking about enforcement resources and best possible outcomes…that provide for the county’s needs…and…a healthy industry of legitimate operators.”

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      Re: Researchers Share Economic Impact Data On Calaveras Cannabis
      Posted on: 2017-03-02 18:26:23   By: Anonymous
      It's sad that most people do not understand the true long term effects of allowing this recreational drug to be grown in this county. First and foremost UCD also did a very good comparative study on the negative effects of recreational use of alcohol vs. pot. In that study in every area of social and economic areas the impact of pot had a higher level of negative impact. Why don't you share the whole story from both sides. The truth is the pot industry (drug pushers) are just trying to strong arm their way into this county by taking advantage of a nice wholesome community. As mentioned by another comment, crime is on the increase, homelessness is on the rise, our parks are not as friendly as they use to be, the list goes on. The economic gains are only going to be lost in cost of law enforcement and code enforcement. Property values drop when a pot farm is next door. The odor is unmistakable and most people don't like it. What is real sad is that the pot industry is just fueling another drug for people to waste their money on and another way to deaden themselves. Check the stats on gateway drugs, pot is one of them. If the county goes for this industry then why not allow adult book stores everywhere, or how about prostitution, you could make an argument that it to could produce additional revenues for the county. I pray the pot industry and the drug pushers lose this battle. Most of us want our county back, we don't need your false information. I'll finish with Ebbetts Pass Lumber is only pushing all this propaganda because they want to be growers and or processing for themselves, so it will of course be a bias report. I personally have moved all my construction business to Calaveras Lumber to boycott their agenda.

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        Re: Researchers Share Economic Impact Data On Calaveras Cannabis
        Posted on: 2017-03-13 17:11:07   By: Anonymous
        Trump is President. Deal with it. The pot is legal in California. Deal with it. It is already here in Calaveras, has been for a long time, always will. Deal with it. And if you think "banning it" is the best way to deal with it, please explain how. Not one person has said how it is possible. Seriously, can someone please explain how eradicating 20% of our economy and throwing away tens of millions of tax dollars is the best way to deal with the pot?

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Re: Duh, I wish I could spell, but I be a hillbilly.
Posted on: 2017-02-27 14:57:16   By: Anonymous

Does anyone know what pedle or cannibis means? It seems another home grown alcoholic is ranting, rambling or babbling......again.

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    Re: Duh, I wish I could spell, but I be a hillbilly.
    Posted on: 2017-02-27 15:09:15   By: Anonymous
    I agree with you, but that "Redneck"-quip was a little racist.

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Posted on: 2017-02-27 15:05:55   By: Anonymous
"Try it on a plate, You'll enjoy it more"

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Ban commercial marijuana
Posted on: 2017-02-27 18:53:37   By: Anonymous
For more information please visit www.BanCommercialCultivation.come. Thank you.

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Ban commercial marijuana
Posted on: 2017-02-27 18:54:24   By: Anonymous
For more information please visit Thank you.

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    Re: Ban commercial marijuana
    Posted on: 2017-02-27 20:05:27   By: Anonymous
    Lets all chip in and buy Al a new suit.

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      Re: Ban commercial marijuana
      Posted on: 2017-02-28 00:09:06   By: Anonymous
      You seem very upset about whatever we were talking about, I forgot, but if I were you I'd go see a Dr. and get a Therapy pet, like a pig, of dog...and take it in small restaurants, and public eating places..

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        Re: Ban commercial marijuana
        Posted on: 2017-02-28 05:47:28   By: Anonymous
        I'd kind of like that idea, maybe a therapy gal who I could pet and pet until she trembles and I think it just rained...or I wouldn't mind a Philly Cheese Steak sandwich. Doesn't that sound just yummy? Both are edible, just one screams, the poor cow.

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    Re: Ban commercial marijuana
    Posted on: 2017-02-28 05:40:40   By: Anonymous
    I just visited the site. Do you have address of where these growers where I quoted...... "Violations at some purportedly organic grows include unlawful chemical releases, illegal use, storage, and disposal of hazardous materials and hazardous waste including fungicides, herbicides, pesticides, rodenticides, and use of some chemicals so toxic, they've been banned for years in the U.S. Growers are diverting our streams ".....I'd like to hear of these violations and the addresses, if this actually did happen, then I would vote for a ban, but if it did not happen then I will be disappointed in anyone that has tried to fabricate a story to sway my vote. Pleas speak up here with the details, or I will not support a ban. I do know for a fact that commercial growing has brought in even more criminals to our already crime filled county, and it's getting worse every year.
    By the way, you now do not need a medical marijuana license to grow 6 plants for personal use

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      Re: Ban commercial marijuana
      Posted on: 2017-02-28 07:54:29   By: Anonymous
      LSD works better.

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      Re: Ban commercial marijuana
      Posted on: 2017-05-06 21:25:25   By: Anonymous
      Good try. Please stop fishing.

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Sheriff Involvement
Posted on: 2017-02-28 08:54:44   By: Anonymous
Nice to have a fresh idea.
Actually, law enforcement is primarily involved with getting rid of the illegal grows and secondarily involved the registration approval process (e.g., measuring plot size, background checks, approval/disapproval of application based on background check results).
I don't know that there would be much relief to the county under this proposal. Planning would still need to be involved. We'd still want code compliance, water quality, building dept, etc. involved.

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