County Republican Party passes resolution opposing Measure S |

County Republican Party passes resolution opposing Measure S

The Nevada County Republican Party unanimously passed a resolution opposing Measure S at its July meeting, according to a news release from party officials.

The party concluded that the current marijuana growing ordinance provided sufficient parameters for the growers to produce a medical marijuana crop while still protecting neighboring properties, schools and churches from the overexposure of marijuana growing.

“Measure sponsor Americans for Safe Access originally asked the Board of Supervisors for a setback of 1,000 feet from schools and churches and other community sites. Now this same group is saying that the setback is too restrictive and should only be 600 feet,” said Nevada County Republican Party Chair Deborah Wilder.

“We are not talking about grandma having a couple of plants that would fit onto a window sill; we are talking about commercial growers who cultivate plants 3-4 feet in diameter and 15-20 feet high.”

Currently marijuana growth is restricted to a certain number of square footage based on the size of the property. The new ordinance would have no limit of the amount of property used for cultivation, the release states, but limit cultivation to a number of plants.

“When you are talking about having 18-24 marijuana ‘sequoias’ on your neighbor’s property, that interferes directly with the quiet enjoyment on my own property,” Wilder stated. “These plants put out extremely strong odors, the growers typically use extra strong fertilizers and frequently place poisons on or near the plants, killing wildlife and contaminating soil and ground water. The most dangerous change in the Measure S ordinance is the elimination of legal enforcements of the ordinance and penalties.

“I am a big supporter of individual property rights, and Measure S does not do that. Instead, it expands the rights of growers to the detriment of neighboring properties, churches and schools.”

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