Measure A

Measure A - June 2018 Election, Sierra County CA



Official County Link:
Resolution 2018-007 - Measure related to imposing a prohibition on commercial marijuana cultivation, commercial marijuana processing, and marijuana dispensaries within Sierra County.

A “Yes” vote on Measure A is a vote to adopt the failed policy of prohibition.

Vote ‘No’ to advise the county to develop sensible and enforceable marijuana regulations aligned with California State law and Sierra County values.

Proper regulation of cannabis is what California has been lacking for many years.

Vote No on Measure A to:

- Support the clear delineation of lawful from unlawful operators, empowering law enforcement to be more accurate and effective in efforts to reduce criminal behavior and enhance public safety.  Allow for cannabis businesses to pay fees and taxes shifting the cost of enforcement off of taxpayers.

- Require best management practices as mandated by state and local regulatory agencies to monitor, protect and preserve the local environment and natural resources.

- Recognize the scientific research showing the proven medical benefits of cannabis, with the intent to make local access to medical cannabis safer and more affordable for patients in Sierra County

-Create legitimate jobs. Legalizing and regulating marijuana will bring the nation's largest cash crop under the rule of law, creating jobs and economic opportunities instead of the illicit market.

-Save money. Scarce law enforcement resources that could be better used to ensure public safety would be preserved while reducing corrections and court costs. State and local governments would acquire significant new sources of tax revenue from regulating marijuana sales.

The majority of growers ask for regulations, which would allow the County to impose environmental and public safety regulations and address problems associated with odor. Unregulated cannabis cultivation must come to an end in Sierra County.

Sierra County medical marijuana patients and supporters respectfully ask that our County allow existing providers to operate as cottage and specialty businesses.

A “No” vote for Measure A is a vote for laws that  work.

National prohibition of alcohol was undertaken to reduce crime, solve social problems, reduce the tax burden created by prisons, and improve health. The results of that experiment clearly indicate that it was a miserable failure on all counts. The evidence affirms sound economic theory, which predicts that prohibition is doomed to failure.

The lessons of Prohibition remain important today.

California mandates that permitted commercial marijuana cultivation undergo inspections and adhere to strict regulations for the use of water and pesticides, making it the most sustainable and environmentally friendly crop. All licensed operators will be enrolled in the State Water Control Board’s cannabis cultivation program. Cultivation sites can be limited in size and to only pre-existing cultivators to halt any influx of new operations. To regulate growers does not create an increase, but rather a reduction in activity.

Banning permitted cannabis gardens will not protect the environment and wildlife. Yuba County enacted a ban and has declared a state of emergency, unable to deal with the black-market operators. They will have no access to the state funding raised through licensing fees to assist in enforcement because they chose not to permit. Cannabis cultivation of any scope is only a misdemeanor infraction so there is no legal deterrent to illicit activity without putting local land-use regulations in place.

Prohibition does nothing to address the nuisances associated with unregulated activity. An unenforceable or corruptly enforced law is a bad law; Sierra County deserves better.