Pubdate: Thu, 16 Oct 2014
Source: Chico Enterprise-Record (CA)
Copyright: 2014 Chico Enterprise-Record
Note: Letters from newspaper's circulation area receive publishing priority
Author: Dianna Wright


I have a voter education problem. Will you help me? Commercial pot 
grows are a Butte County problem, not just a rural problem. The 
impacts are far-reaching: DUI drivers, crime, environmental damage to 
water, wildlife, terrain, etc.

Voters will decide the fate of many property owners in rural Butte 
County. For we will not live a life of fear and dread - the cost of 
being neighbors to commercial pot grows. Losing yes on A, no on B 
will mean selling out to commercial pot growers.

Guns and violence are guaranteed if stable families abandon rural 
Butte County. Know that pot is the only crop requiring lethal force 
for protection. Neighborhood blight will prevail. Pot will grow 100 
feet from other homes and only 800 feet from school bus stops. Nasty 
odors and dogs, which can't be contained, will escape from 8-foot 
perimeter fences. Your water will be polluted and wildlife will 
disappear, as there is no federal or state oversight. Meanwhile, 
commercial pot grows will put your family in harm's way.

Measure A alows "patient access." Commercial pot growers know this, 
but are greedy. They assume they can outsmart folks vulnerable to the 
influence of money. Clearly, they believe you, the voter, are for sale.

I believe voters are smart, independent thinkers who cannot be 
bought. Don't let intellectual elitists sell you out.

A is OK, B is bad. Protect patient access and the children of Butte County.

- - Dianna Wright, Butte Valley
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