Pubdate: Mon, 07 Nov 2011
Source: Union, The (Grass Valley, CA)
Copyright: 2011 The Union
Author: Bob Rogers


A recent opinion column stated that if not for the billion-dollar 
marijuana industry in Nevada County, all the stores on Mill Street 
would have to close. The implication that the only money keeping this 
town alive is from illegal activities (federal law) is somewhat 
offensive to me.

I, like many others in this county, work hard to make a living at a 
job that has nothing to do with pot or any other drug. Staying 
financially stable in this economy is a big struggle. The idea of 
growing a natural herb for medicinal purposes to benefit the quality 
of life for those suffering from a devastating illness sounds quite 
spiritual. A noble pursuit, indeed (not to mention making some 
serious money as a bonus).

But the reality of it seems otherwise. I get to sleep at night. I 
don't have keep my dogs chained up in my "garden." My neighbors don't 
give me dirty looks. I don't jump up at every little rustle sure I'm 
being invaded by gun toting "patch pirates" from the city. I need not 
worry about federal agents knocking at my door and dragging me off to 
federal prison.

Thanks, but no thanks. I'll keep struggling.

Bob Rogers

Grass Valley
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