Pubdate: Sun, 22 May 2016
Source: Chico Enterprise-Record (CA)
Copyright: 2016 Chico Enterprise-Record
Note: Letters from newspaper's circulation area receive publishing priority
Author: Alex Green


Republicans and conservatives claim to hold dear the Constitution, 
yet totally abandon it in their crusade against medical marijuana in 
Butte County.

Measure H is a direct violation of the Constitution in several key 
ways. First, it removes due process, one of the strongest 
cornerstones of our country's legal system. Second, various Fourth 
Amendment violations occurred in 2015 at the hands of Butte County 
sheriff and code enforcement, including bypassing gates and 
trespassing on private property without a warrant. These stories 
don't make the news, but if you experienced or heard of them, they 
would sound more like a gestapo police state than a free America.

Regardless of your views on medical marijuana, a true Republican and 
conservative values the Constitution first and foremost. Laws similar 
to Measure A and H have been deemed illegal and excessive in other 
California courts (Fresno). Several other counties have been sued 
millions of dollars for Fourth Amendment violations.

The Board of Supervisors and Measure A supporters have adopted 
tactics and mindsets that more closely mirror the irrational gun 
control lobby than true Republicans and conservatives. We wasted over 
a million dollars last year when that money could have gone to 
schools, roads or to fight the massive meth and heroin problem in this county.

Private property rights, the right to due process and the right to be 
free from unreasonable search and seizure are key components of our 
Constitution and must be defended at all costs. Vote no on measure G and H.

- - Alex Green, Oroville
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