Sheri Fogarty: Open letter to the Board of Supervisors
My husband and I are both very dismayed at the recent decision by the Board of Supervisors to ban the outdoor growing of cannabis.
Part of why we moved to Nevada County was because of all the family farms and local agriculture. We buy most of our food locally, from our community farmers and it’s a part of the Nevada County heritage.
If we needed cannabis or hemp, we would also want to be supporting local farmers. I don’t think they should be banned because of the difficulties with illegal growers. This ban will not stop illegal growing, but only hurt the legal farmers.
Cannabis is slowly becoming legal all across the U.S., and it’s legal in California for medical use. We’ve been very happy to see that the state is going to register and collect taxes from growers. We need this local business and our economy needs this money.
We are an agricultural community and cannabis (and hopefully soon hemp) brings a lot of money into our local economy. You are hurting local farmers with this outdoor cultivation ban! We need to support small local farmers and also the economy of Nevada County.
The Board of Supervisors should reverse this decision. It’s very short sighted and will only hurt the economy of Nevada County.
This is a legal crop and if someone owns property that’s Ag, or R-Ag, they have a right to grow anything they want or raise whatever animals they want. There are smells associated with agriculture and when we bought our house we had to sign to agree that there might be smells and sounds from neighbors’ properties – that’s part of living in an agricultural community.
As far as the argument about high school students, it is each parent’s responsibility to educate and enforce policies on their own children. Are you going to close all of our wonderful wineries because teenagers have been caught drinking? It makes no sense.
Either the board needs to reconsider and change this decision — the current poll in The Union shows more than 60 percent of us do not agree with your decision — we need to change our representation on the board.
Patrick and Sheri Fogarty live in Grass Valley.
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