Council Unanimously Endorses Measure B

Council Unanimously Endorses Measure B
Posted by CN Staff on April 12, 2008 at 08:09:50 PT
By Linda Williams, TWN Staff Writer
Source: Willits News
California -- With a room full of Measure B supporters, the Willits City Council listened to about 20 "Yes on B" proponents and one "No on B" speaker before unanimously endorsing the measure that would repeal Measure G and limit the number of medical marijuana plants an individual can grow from 25 to six.The sole "No on B" supporter was thanked by the council for having the courage to speak.
Councilmen Jere Melo from Fort Bragg and Benj Thomas from Ukiah both spoke, urging the Willits council to support "B." Fort Bragg has already endorsed the measure by a 4-1 vote and the Ukiah council will vote on the issue at its next meeting. "While Measure B won't fix the marijuana problem in the county it won't turn it into a police state either," says Thomas. He also said passage of "B" would let the country and the world know the era of tolerance in Mendocino County is changing but if it was defeated, a different message would go forth--reinforcing the county's reputation as a haven for rampant marijuana growth. A number of speakers urged voters to come out in large numbers to pass "B" and send a clear message. Dr. Bruce Andich, chief of staff at Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital, spoke of his personal support for the measure, because he does not like what has been happening with the drugs and violence in the community. Recently the Ukiah Valley Medical Center medical staff voted nearly unanimously in favor of "B" and Howard Hospital was now polling its medical staff members for their views.Retired Willits teacher Jeannie King spoke of the big changes she saw with the youth of the community following the original passage of Measure G. She spoke of how quickly the ambitions of students in her class shifted. She had 10 boys in the 10th-grade charged with writing an essay, nine spoke of how they "can't wait to get their medical marijuana card so they could pay bills and go on trips." King described another student she was helping to get all the course credits needed to graduate who was pulled out of school to help her mom trim weed, risking her graduation. She spoke of how many college kids from Willits return to the county during trim season to earn money for college expenses. Councilwoman Tammy Jorgensen described a recent incident while she was substitute teaching in a Willits freshman science class and asked an inattentive student what he was going to do when he grew up. She was very disturbed when he responded, seemingly surprised anyone would need to ask, "That's easy, I'm going to grow dope." Councilman Larry Stranske described the vote as a "No brainer." As an educator, he saw what it has done to a number of young people in the community. He says he watched bright kids starting high school who went downhill due to drugs by their senior year. Mayor Holly Madrigal said it was appropriate for cities to take a leadership role in issues of this type. She acknowledged voting for Measure G originally, being young and idealistic. "I knew 25 plants was ridiculous," she says.Madrigal also said she believes pot should be legalized and described the current medical marijuana card system as a farce.Madrigal talked about ongoing discussions she has with friends, about growing up in Willits, going away to college, returning home and getting a legitimate job; knowing they can't make as much money as a pot grower and how it has become commonplace to break the law.She was brought to tears as she spoke of hearing on the radio about a childhood friend's arrest for a large grow involving weapons and a chase and learning the friend's children were now in the custody of Child Protective Services. The vote, when taken, was anticlimactic.Source: Willits News (CA)Author: Linda Williams, TWN Staff WriterPublished: April 11, 2008Copyright: 2008 The Willits News Contact: editorial willitsnews.comWebsite: Articles: Allman Not Taking Stand on Measure B B Proponents, Opponents Organizing Sheriff: No Stance On Pot Vote
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Comment #4 posted by ekim on April 12, 2008 at 20:26:04 PT
 think of how many of these things could be Hemp 
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Comment #3 posted by ekim on April 12, 2008 at 20:20:40 PT
lets see no where in the USA can any student be taught about Cannabis -- let alone Hemp -- that's to forbid the total teaching of this age old plant that has helped humans as far back as the first recorded markings ever made.Larry the very fact that no teaching was allowed and the people find out what others are doing with Cannabis should not surprise you -- your kids are bright be glad of that --when all others have chosen to keep there eyes shut yours do not, be glad they and there parents and others are saving the plant from total annihilation-- what does it say about your understanding of what is facing the generation and the next --when all signs point to the fact that we as people will have to grow more plants to save the earth the use of sun power and the fastest growing will be in great demand.Mayor Holly don't stop believing --the city that saves this plant gives hope to the rest of the people -- Saturday night live -- gnarls barkley
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on April 12, 2008 at 10:01:22 PT
420 Full Moon 
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Comment #1 posted by museman on April 12, 2008 at 09:11:51 PT
the only sane statement here
is this one;"Madrigal also said she believes pot should be legalized and described the current medical marijuana card system as a farce."In that unlikely event, all the paranoid prohibitionist scare-tactic propaganda mentioned in this article becomes moot.This is just more of the status quo trying to get their fingers in the pie, and to limit freedom. What else is it?Their fear isn't about anything that they mention it's really about fear of the un-endowed getting economic power, thus threatening their strangle hold on reality.Wouldn't want those hippies to have what they got!
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