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James Butler: Ban on outdoor cultivation another example of tyranny

For those who are on the "ban" bandwagon, are they, "who can't handle the truth?" They rather believe 1930s lies of "marijuana its roots in hell" propaganda, fear tactics, used against the ignorant public — imprisoning millions of harmless people.

Marijuana is a natural plant that anyone can grow in your garden. Ever hear of Alice B. Tokelas cookies in the '70s movie Alice's Restaurant? It makes you smile and laugh a lot especially at the "establishment."

It's a mood enhancer, it's not a gateway drug, nor is it addictive. The only harm I get from "pot" comes from the courts, it's unconstitutional judicial system, violating our private property rights and rights to privacy, v/s a happy pill from big pharma, whose prescriptions over the counter are much more addictive, harmful if not deadly, and approved by the FDA no less, connect the dots. They are the biggest drug dealers in the billions of dollars. Not us mom and pop growers. Big pharma can't tolerate any competition, they feed on government grants "searching" for a cure for cancer and other diseases, when it grows in our backyards. Contrary to all the experts opinions. And "stench" from marijuana flower buds, is an aroma in late summer, folks.

Our sheriff needs a tune up on the Constitution, in his edict to ban all outdoor grows. Where does it say the sheriff can make laws like an activist judges do from the bench? Then the Board of Supervisors rubber stamps it.

(W)hat we are seeing from the county, state and from Washington, D.C, is tyranny, Agenda-21 mandates. ... To have a June ballot initiative is too late in the season to start a grow, even if the ban is thrown out, we need the outdoor ban repealed by April at the latest.

In a recent Other Voices guest column on Feb. 19, by Cynthia Hren, who wrote an excellent article, she quotes the Constitution and the consistent pattern of government infringement trampling our God given rights and liberties (the gold dredge ban) and replacing them with "the new normal" American culture of Progressive (communist) secular world view. The U.S. Constitution was intended to be interpreted by a "fixed biblical standard." Instead now "they who can't handle the truth" are interpreted by the government itself as the Divine Authority rather than God. As a result, what we are seeing from the county, state and from Washington, D.C, is tyranny, Agenda-21 mandates.

To have a June ballot initiative is too late in the season to start a grow, even if the ban is thrown out, we need the outdoor ban repealed by April at the latest.

I have a number of articles I clipped out of The Appeal Democrat (of Marysville) back in the 1980s with a headline that reads "Spraying Weeds Will Not Do It." Where paraquat was sprayed on marijuana crops. Florida "officials" who used to eliminate the crops says was a success. However, we view their "success" as more an exercise in futility and a waste of taxpayer money. Further on I quote, "laws against the use of marijuana are an abridgement of individual freedom — the freedom of a person to do what he (or she) wishes with his own body." But, "while we neither approve or disapprove of the use of marijuana, or liquor, or tobacco, or overeating for that matter — we do believe such a decision is for the individuals to make, not for society to dictate though government," or the sheriff.

The "Welcome to California's Cannabis Country," Other Voices by John Palmer is another excellent article. It's too bad our sheriff and other county officials are so "hard nosed" about cannabis, "which is not responsible for one single death and has been used since ancient times around the world" (the Native Americans were not smoking tobacco in their peace pipes). I further quote Mr. Palmer's article: "marijuana is not evil it is a plant that is valuable for medicinal, herbal, agricultural and industrial purposes." It is not a drug and never has been. It is not dangerous like poison oak, fox-glove and stinging Nettle and Oleander. Like I said, it is not addictive and doesn't lead to any other drug use. Any more than drinking beer does.

"It was made illegal (after prohibition) not based on science but on politics, racism and ignorance. We need to get rid of the laws against its possession and cultivation."

The only thing the outdoor ban will accomplish is make criminals out of us citizens who enjoy simple peaceful living and further exacerbate the local economy. As did the gold dredge ban shut down all the mining supply stores. Know ye.

"When the government fears the people you have liberty. But when the people fears the government you have tyranny."

That's why the tyrannical regimes can't tolerate an armed (Second Amendment) populace, (the gun ban advocates).

James L. Butler lives in Smartsville.