Ian Ileson: Board of Supervisors ignore pleas from Sierra County Patients

By: Ian Ileson April 28, 2016 – After months of meetings, the Sierra County Board of Supervisors voted in Ordinance 1071—the new medical marijuana cultivation code—despite wide ranging protests from county residents. Having witnessed this injustice firsthand, I’ve taken the liberty of compiling letters to the Board that were made public so that the community at large can see the …

Robyn Caywood | On Measure W, there is a “middle path”

By: Robyn Caywood, Grass Valley April 25, 2016 – My family has a rich history in the alcohol and tobacco industries. My moonshiner grandparents opened one of the first legal bars in Apalachia Kentucky after Prohibition. Prohibition caused a thriving black market that my family benefitted from. And I grew up hearing stories of explosions in the woods, gunfights, and …

Ray Oliver: Measure W & Ordinance 2405

April 11, 2016 – Never before has a Nevada County Board of Supervisors initiated a ballot measure asking voters to approve provisions of a land use ordinance it had already adopted and put in force, and which would continue to be enforced whether the Measure passed or failed. After researching local ballot measures going back to 1976, and a search …

Mary Carol: It’s All About The Money

By:  Mary Carol April 8, 2016 – “It’s all about the money,” Sheriff Keith Royal has stated numerous times while defending his ban on outdoor medical marijuana gardens. Supervisor Dan Miller said the exact same thing at a public forum, Tuesday night. Well, I agree. It could be “all about the money.” While Royal and Miller were referring to what …

Pamela Biery: A Future Vision for Nevada County

By: Pamela Biery, Grass Valley   Thank you, Sheriff Royal for your concern and asking citizens to think of the future they wish to see for Nevada County. After watching a number of rural towns and communities decline when they closed their minds and eyes to the future, I have some definite impressions of what I would like to see …

Loraine Webb: Protecting and understanding small farm cannabis cultivation

By: Loraine Webb, Nevada City NEVADA CITY, Calif. March 10, 2016 – There is a need for clarification as to outdoor cultivation of medical cannabis, and Forrest Hurd’s statement that the cannabis strain that can help his son can only be grown in Nevada County. This is my understanding… When I spoke with him, he let me know that Silas’ …

Adora McNeil: I fought for our Country, and my brother and sister veterans of Nevada County need their prescription medical marijuana to be “safe and affordable”

PENN VALLEY, Calif. March 7, 2016 – Dear Supervisor Weston, I respectfully request that removal of Measure W be placed on the agenda of the next BOS meeting for discussion. I am a disabled woman veteran, authorized by federal law to participate in a State approved Medical Marijuana Program under Public Law No: 114-113, Section (Sec. 246). I am a …

Ray Oliver: Carbon footprint of indoor cannabis cultivation

By: Ray Oliver, North San Juan March 7, 2016 – When the Board of Supervisors required that all cannabis be cultivated indoors, they deliberately neglected to address the environmental and fiscal impacts associated with indoor cultivation.

Beate Moore: Our Journey with Medical Cannabis

March 1, 2016 – My husband was diagnosed with Stage 4 primary liver cancer in April 2012 at the local hospital. We were sent home with hospice and he was on morphine and other opiates to control his pain. He had a really hard time with nausea and when two friends brought us cannabis oil, I gave it to him …