Pubdate: Sat, 25 Jan 2014
Source: Chico Enterprise-Record (CA)
Copyright: 2014 Francine Richardson
Note: Letters from newspaper's circulation area receive publishing priority
Author: Francine Richardson


Personally, I don't smoke the stuff, but having lived in the Oroville
foothills for over 13 years now, I can tell you crime will be
absolutely rampant if these new medical marijuana growing restrictions
are passed.

As it stands, there's safety in "cooperatives," where several patients
grow on one parcel. I know people who have been beaten up for their
plants, and if they limit the number of plants to the extent they are
discussing, these "pot bandits" will just get nastier and bolder,
hopping fences to get what they can, by whatever means necessary.
Older people who seem to find relief from the medicinal properties of
marijuana, for ailments such as arthritis, cancer, etc., will be the
easiest targets for what can be some very vicious robberies. Some may
not even be able to cultivate their own marijuana.

It was very quiet last year in this area, but if they pass these
restrictions that will leave everybody to "fend for themselves," as it
were, people are going to get hurt, I just know it.

The folks who are advocates for these new laws clearly don't have to
worry about the fallout that will occur in the areas where the
problems are going to hit the hardest. Please consider what will be
the result of what they are proposing.

- - Francine Richardson, Oroville 
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