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  Mendocino Pot Repeal Narrowly Passes
Posted by CN Staff on June 04, 2008 at 08:55:28 PT
By Mike Geniella, The Press Democrat 
Source: Press Democrat 

cannabis Ukiah, CA -- Mendocino County voters by a narrow margin approved a measure that repeals local marijuana standards that had earned the county a national reputation as a haven for commercial growers.

The vote for Measure B was 52 percent to 48 percent, a race that narrowed late into the night when precincts from rural areas were counted.

The divisive election campaign was marked by high-profile, local criminal cases, including the marijuana possession arrests of the daughter of a former congressman and a local high school teacher.

In a new case that further underscored public concerns, sheriff’s deputies said Monday a Willits-area man could face criminal charges for destroying 37 towering fir trees in a public preserve so he could provide more light for his marijuana garden.

The repeal represents a sharp shift in public sentiment in a county where marijuana long has been tolerated. Since the influx of young outsiders to Mendocino County beginning in the late 1960s, marijuana has been part of the local scene.

How much is too much has been a topic of sometimes heated local debate since.

Critics of the attitude of tolerance toward marijuana-growing say some growers are principal suppliers to medical marijuana dispensaries statewide.

The controversial operations emerged after state voters in 1996 passed Proposition 215, which decriminalized marijuana for medical use but failed to impose specific standards.

State legislation set a standard of six mature plants per person but also allowed counties to set their own guidelines.

The more restrictive state guidelines, which Measure B imposes, recently were ruled unconstitutional by a state appellate court.

In the meantime, Proposition 215 has spawned a surge in marijuana production across the state and especially in rural counties, such as Mendocino. Locally, the underground cash crop is valued at $500 million or more a year.

Eight years ago, county voters by an overwhelming 58-42 percent margin agreed to what was then the nation’s most liberal marijuana policies.

Source: Press Democrat, The (Santa Rosa, CA)
Author: Mike Geniella, The Press Democrat
Published: Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Copyright: 2008 The Press Democrat

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Comment #6 posted by FoM on June 04, 2008 at 18:49:16 PT
Please let us know the outcome then.

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Comment #5 posted by duzt on June 04, 2008 at 18:21:39 PT
not over yet
although everybody here has reported B as passing, there are still over 11,000 votes left to count and less than 900 votes difference between the yes and no votes. No idea why we even vote sometimes. They count half the votes and declare a winner.

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Comment #4 posted by FoM on June 04, 2008 at 15:02:04 PT
Storm Crow
It all goes over my head.

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Comment #3 posted by Storm Crow on June 04, 2008 at 14:47:49 PT
Does this vote even matter.....
In light of the recent court ruling on the "limits"?

From what I understand, the ruling basically says the "limits" were unconstitutional, so those "limits" were abolished. To me, it looks like they in the odd position of busily repealing something that no longer exists! I wonder how long it will take them to figure this out?

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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on June 04, 2008 at 10:48:35 PT
CN BC: Police Raid Innocent Family
CN BC: Police Raid Innocent Family

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Comment #1 posted by museman on June 04, 2008 at 10:12:32 PT
I'd do a recount
Knowing the kind of lying, cheating and, stealing of elections the right-wing corruptors have been busted at lately, 2% is a 'narrow margin' indeed.

Looks to me like the people of Mendicino got caught napping while their 'leaders' spent their tax dollars on propaganda and campaign finance to undermine their will.

Have another vote, and get those reluctant voters off their ass.

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