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Pot predicament

The article on the growing of medical marijuana in the April 3 edition of The Union states that a marijuana plant can produce up to two pounds of marijuana. The district attorney’s proposal allows a legitimate grower to have six mature plants or 12 immature plants but no more than 8 ounces of dry marijuana. How will 2 pounds times six plants become only 8 ounces of dry goods? Someone needs an adding machine.

This regulation raises more questions than it answers, such as what is a “mature” or “immature” plant. And what happens on the day of harvesting? Is that considered “dry”? How can one be in compliance one day and not the next?

These proposed rules are unclear on their face and therefore are subject to constitutional challenge. Laws must give people clear notice of what the violation is. Can the county afford this type of potentially protracted legal battle?

Restricting amounts will chill legitimate users from getting or growing what they need and will not accomplish the intended purpose of reaching the “major commercial operations.” They will always be here because there is a market for the product.

Melanie K. Wellner

Grass Valley

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