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Posted by: thepinetree on 01/05/2018 12:27 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 01/05/2018 12:27 PM
Expires: 01/01/2023 12:00 AM
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Is Cannabis Evil? ~ By Al Segalla

Copperopolis, CA...If it is, then a ban seems to make sense, even if we would violate the Constitution with its protection of the individual rights to Life, Liberty and Property. On the other hand, considering our experience with the ban on alcohol, whereby it was discovered that booze was not evil or bad, but could be abused with bad consequences to the participants and society, it seems cannabis is also not evil or bad - no more than alcohol or smoking. There can be bad consequences with irresponsible use of all three.





The purpose of regulation should only be to protect public safety. The war on alcohol was a horrible disaster as is the war on drugs today. 

Who would want to reason with a self righteous lady with fire in her eyes and a hatchet in her hand?  Fortunately, alcohol prohibition was enacted by constitutional amendment and, after its horrible destruction to our society was obvious, was repealed the same way. 

Another thing we learned about prohibition is that black markets are created by government, because the black market is responding to a ban by government of something wanted by the people. Black markets attract crime because only self defense is available to fight thieves, etc.

Black markets can also be created by regulations intended to suppress an industry rather than protect public safety. This obviously is happening now.

In Calaveras County, we have a past history of cannabis "grey market" because the farmers were not suppressed, and according to the late Sheriff Gary Kuntz, law enforcement would protect the rights of the farmers on private land. They still have the problem of being excluded from banking requiring cash only.

The Calaveras County emergency ordinance, passed in reaction to an increased influx of cannabis farmers, was a mixed blessing because the growers who were successful in getting permits were in a position of competition and opposition to those who were not registered. The Cannabis tax, promoted by the industry and approved by Calaveras voters, was used by the County for law enforcement and code enforcement to suppress those in the black market.
We also have had transient irresponsible growers who would trespass and pollute. We have laws to address this – they need to be enforced. Suppressing the market makes the situation worse because it expands the black market with its crime. It’s like trying to put out fire with gasoline.

So what now?  Maybe we need less government involvement and allow our normal land use planning process work as it has for other industries. This could mean allowing the emergency ordinance to expire, returning the money taken and allowing State regulations on cannabis to prevail. In the event of zoning changes, existing use would be grandfathered in. If the County is responsible, it will not attempt to control the growers. On the other hand If it continues policies of suppression, the black market will prevail – with its inducement to increased crime. Due to the new increased regulation from the state, a return to the grey market may not be likely.

The cannabis stigma will likely disappear when the federal drug war is repealed, or cannabis is removed from the false dangerous federal drug listing, as recommended originally by the Shafer Commission and currently by H.R.1635.
Perhaps then, we can enjoy peace and prosperity again.


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pot is yummy.
Posted on: 2018-01-05 12:34:39   By: Anonymous
 


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    Re: pot is yummy.
    Posted on: 2018-01-05 14:44:15   By: Anonymous
     
    Al good piece and all true. Hopefully, the BoS will look, learn and listen to the family's and growers who have abided by the current rules in good faith

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      Re: pot is yummy.
      Posted on: 2018-01-05 20:26:31   By: Anonymous
       
      Well it's evil, wicked, mean and nasty
      And it will ruin our fair country
      It will hook you Sue and Johnny
      All will pay that disagree with me

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        Re: pot is yummy.
        Posted on: 2018-01-06 09:47:24   By: Anonymous
         
        Misinformation, that Sam and ans Joe are feeding to the nation, about the ones who didn'y count, counted them out for exposing all their false quotations

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-01-05 12:43:26   By: Anonymous
 
OK Al, we are all inspired by your rhetoric. Now, take a nap

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-01-05 12:49:48   By: Anonymous
 
Oh hell, I mostly agree with Al and will now have to reconsider my opinion.

The one point I disagree on is that I would not grandfather existing land use were pot is grown. All legal pot growing is too new Calaveras to deserve grandfathering, and there is no question that for many people having pot grown nearby is obnoxious in the extreme. So marijuana zoning needs to be put in place and everyone needs to abide by the decision; no grandfathering. Growing should be allowed only where the stench does not affect residential areas.

I leave it to those with experience to opine on whether a few individual use plants can be grown in residential areas without affecting neighboring properties.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-01-05 13:58:21   By: Anonymous
     
    Who let you out , is it a day pass?

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-01-05 14:57:43   By: Anonymous
     
    I agree with you on not grandfathering in current grows, approved or not. The Urgency Ordinance was not well thought out and has many flaws that need to be addressed if commercial growing is to be allowed and to thrive. Where the farming should be allowed is definitely one of the big issues, as is background checks on everyone working on the farms and a program to re-check on the farms during the year until they have proved themselves as being responsible and law abiding.

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      Posted on: 2018-01-05 15:14:05   By: Anonymous
       
      Agree. Farms need to be run as tightly regulated businesses, not hippy-dippy communes. Background checks, serious fencing and other security, properly kept and audited books, properly kept and audited production records. Marijuana is basically a pharmaceutical and farms should be regulated as tightly as any other pharmaceutical manufacturer in the US. And that is VERY tight.

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2018-01-05 15:33:36   By: Anonymous
         
        50 Acre minimum Co-location on 100 acre lots or bigger. No exceptions

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2018-01-05 15:56:53   By: Anonymous
         
        If the feds would legalize marijuana, then it would be recognized by the FDA as a pharmaceutical and regulated by them. That would solve a whole bunch of problems because the FDA has rigorous inspections of manufacturing facilities including records and waste disposal. FDA inspectors are like IRS auditors except they really, really like to nit-pick.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-01-05 14:08:38   By: Anonymous
 
freakishly large set of antlers.


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Thank You Al !
Posted on: 2018-01-05 14:10:07   By: Anonymous
 
A thoughtful bit of insight !

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    Re: Thank You Al !
    Posted on: 2018-01-05 15:35:52   By: Anonymous
     
    So many current grows are so ugly, noisy, smell and just plain filthy conditions exist. Come on BOS and planning, show some pride in our community and clean this mess you have allowed up. I agree, if we allow any commercial growing they must be held to a very high standard and should negatively affect their neighbors in any way. Many many bad people in this business, growers, dealers and workers.

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    Re: Thank You Al !
    Posted on: 2018-01-05 15:38:06   By: Anonymous
     
    I hate all these ex-cons and parolees around here that work in this filthy pot business.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-01-05 15:36:37   By: Anonymous
 
I would say that you need to stop playing with yourself and get a LIFE

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-01-05 15:49:15   By: Anonymous
     
    Lots of Dorks !

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2018-01-05 16:32:31   By: Anonymous
       
      In the picture, snapped in the darkness of a Wilton vineyard, Jack Kautz crouches behind a dead buck, smiling broadly as he holds up the animal’s head by its freakishly large set of antlers.

      It was a buck for the record books – with sprawling antlers about an arm’s width apart. If Kautz, 52, had been able to claim it as an official trophy, he could have added it to his long list of accomplishments detailed on the website of his family’s Lodi grape growing business, Ironstone Vineyards.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-01-05 17:14:41   By: Anonymous
 
If, as Jeff Sessions claims, that "Marijuana is only slightly less worse than heroin", How would he compare Alcohol addiction to heroin addiction?
Let's compare loss of life, shattered Families, beaten and abused spouses and children, caused by alcohol to ANY other controlled substance.


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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-01-05 20:29:58   By: Anonymous
     
    Some people call me a junker,
    Say I'm loaded out of my mind
    But I just feel happy
    I feel good all the time

    Some say I use a needle,
    and some say I sniff cocaine
    that's the best damn feeling,
    that I've ever seen

    So its goodbye, goodbye to Whisky
    And so long to Gin
    Just give me my reefer
    I wanna get high again

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Cool...
Posted on: 2018-01-05 22:23:17   By: Anonymous
 
Tell you what, Al-invite all those “farmers” to move their industrial grows right next door to you and your family. We’ll see how you feel about Big Government when the disgusting stench, the constant traffic, the filth, the guns, the migrant workers, the human trafficking, the loss of home value, and the numerous visits from code compliance and the Sheriff’s department begin to aggravate you to the point of madness. You’ll be squawking to the county, the state, and the Feds, and all your bloviating about commerce and regulations and blah blah blah will fall on deaf ears.

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    Re: Cool...
    Posted on: 2018-01-07 05:20:52   By: Anonymous
     
    Well, said. Everyone is for it till it comes right next door to them.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-01-06 09:57:48   By: Anonymous
 
Is Cannabis Evil?
No
There, all done.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-01-06 10:30:41   By: Anonymous
 
I really don't have an issue with a regulated industry and this is a thoughtful, well-written piece. To the other concerns I would add that Sheep Ranch Road from Murphys to Mountain Ranch is a disaster because of the increase in traffic and heavy equipment. Potholes are patched and new ones appear daily. Entire shoulders of the road are collapsing. Some of us wrote to Supervisor Oliviera who never responded (and believe me, our neighborhood watch group will remember that fact in the coming election). I hope some portion of the fees collected will also go toward badly needed road repairs. Sheep Ranch Road, in particular, needs a major resurfacing - not just an occasional visit by couple of workers with shovels and a load of asphalt.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-01-07 10:15:39   By: Anonymous
     
    I agree about the road condition of Sheep Ranch Road. TERRIBLE! . Has Olivera ever been on the Sheep Ranch Road? I bet not on that. So sad.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-01-16 13:52:11   By: Anonymous
 
You'll be a lot more believable when you learn the difference between the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence!

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-01-18 18:10:47   By: Anonymous
     
    ^ Gloop.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-01-20 19:44:36   By: Anonymous
 
Al, if declaring marijuana a schedule 1 drug was unconstitutional, don't you think the growers, with all their millions, and with the billions of dollars George Soros has, who has spent much of it in support of legalizing marijuana here in California, would have filed a lawsuit against the feds by now?

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