I was saddened by the Board of Supervisors' discussion on Oct. 8 regarding cannabis. To grow or not to grow was the question. It started with 12 plants and ended with zero tolerance.
Fresno native Michael Green told the board, "The reason you're having a problem with cannabis gardens is because you don't allow for safe access dispensaries."
Fresno County, with all its agricultural property, could be on the forefront of the legalization movement that's roaring across our country and even into our nation's capital. SB 566, the California Industrial Hemp Act, passed on Sept. 25. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Oct. 17 that he will head the ACLU's new panel studying marijuana legalization in California and work toward drafting a 2016 measure. "This is about real people," states Newsom. "This is the right thing to do."
Supervisor Andreas Borgeas used an "old axiom from a different part of the world" stating that "Your personal liberties end at my neck." Instead, why don't we use our Constitution and allow we the people the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?
There are responsible approaches to cannabis regulations. Implementing such responsible regulations would be the right thing to do!