Jonathan Collier: No on 64 from a cannabis advocate’s perspective

October 12, 2016 – As Chair of the Nevada County Chapter of the California Growers Association, I must be very clear that as an organization we stand neutral with strong concerns in regard to the Adult Use Marijuana Act (AUMA). However it’s these concerns that make me personally opposed to Proposition 64. On the surface it seems I should support …

Ryan Stoa: From wine to weed: Keeping the marijuana farm small and local

August 20, 2016 – In November, voters in as many as 12 states will see a marijuana legalization initiative on their ballots. Marijuana is already legal for recreational use in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Washington, D.C. Another 25 states have legalized medical marijuana. The era of marijuana prohibition is rapidly coming to a close. Unfortunately, lawmakers lack easy answers …

Mia Gleason: Grower’s Representatives Show Patience, Cooperation

By: Mia Gleason NEVADA CITY, Calif. July 26, 2016 – The negotiators for the cannabis farmers have demonstrated an incredible amount of patience and cooperation. I’m sure that anyone who understood the details of the proposed ordinance, and the process of how it came to be, would come to the same conclusion, regardless of their bias on the issue. If you …

Ray Oliver: Interim Ordinance Continues to Ban Outdoor Cultivation

By Ray Oliver July 25, 2016 – The Board of Supervisors’ is not honoring the will of the voters who voted to repeal the ban on outdoor cannabis cultivation. The proposed interim ordinance purports to honor the will of the voters by allowing outdoor cultivation on agriculturally zoned parcels greater than 5 acres. In fact, the interim ordinance continues to …

Loraine Webb: Reasonable regulation and permits for cannabis needed

By: Loraine Webb NEVADA CITY, Calif. July 25, 2016 – Dear neighbors, I have lived in beloved Nevada County since 1980, a mere grain in the sands of time, especially in comparison to the long-timers who welcomed me so kindly when I arrived here with my 5-year-old son. Many of those old ones are gone and those few that remain are …

Op-Ed | Scott V. Young: Supervisors, please honor your promise

By: Scott V. Young July 21, 2016 – Dear Supervisor Beason, I am a voter in your district, a public high school teacher, a rural land owner interested in rural land quality and preservation, a father of 5 kids between the ages of 14 and 23, and a 17 year resident of this county. I voted no on Measure W, …

Adora McNeil: A Veteran’s Plea to the Nevada County BOS

By: Adora McNeil, Penn Valley Dear Board of Supervisors, I am a disabled US woman veteran, authorized by federal law to participate in my State approved Medical Marijuana Program. I am writing this Statement to urge your reconsideration of the County’s Article 5. Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance. I implore you to heed our CA Constitutional requirement of impartial, non-partisan consideration for …

ASA: Time for a fundamental shift

By: ASA Nevada County July 5, 2016 – ASA believes it is time for a fundamental shift in our approach to regulating medical cannabis production in Nevada County and apparently, the voters have agreed with a resounding majority. By reframing the conversation from eradication/ban to compliance/permits, we can find reasonable regulations that will better protect the health and wellbeing of …