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James Butler: Nevada County supervisors know not what they do

Board of Supervisors know not what they do

Boo to the Board of Supervisors’ vote of 4 to 1 prohibiting outdoor marijuana grows, all in spite of the standing room only Rood Center and vast majority of speakers opposing the Sheriff’s recommendation.

It seems to me, in my 40 years of residency in Nevada County, the board rubber stamps every Agenda-21 mandate that comes down the pipe. Who do they represent, us or them?

Those whose reasons for the ban, the pungent smell, water theft and wildlife concerns are totally absurd. Myself, I like the pungent smell during the end of the summer.

Water theft? From who? NID? The Yuba River? If the bureaucrats could put a tax on it or a meter, that would be OK? Pot growers aren’t flooding their fields like rice growers do. Drip systems and grow bags contain efficient use of water from growers’ own wells.

Also, Mr. Davies, CEO of Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce forgets where his paycheck comes from — us taxpayers/growers. He “doesn’t want to see Nevada County become a marijuana county.” The ban would see millions leave the local economy, just like the gold dredge ban.

Only a handful supported Royal’s ordinance. Nevada County used to be a gold mining county, until the environmentalists and liberals ran roughshod over us. They banned smoking in bars, banned burn barrels, banned plastic bags, banned gold dredging, implementing unconstitutional Agenda 21 building department mandates. Shut down mines, mills, foundries, factories, railroads, violating private property rights, responsible for lost jobs and poverty.

James L. Butler


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