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  Humboldt County Supervisors Support Prop. 19
Posted by CN Staff on October 20, 2010 at 08:29:49 PT
By Donna Tam, The Times-Standard 
Source: Times-Standard  

cannabis California -- The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday to support Proposition 19, despite some members' hesitation over the measure to legalize marijuana.

Although 3rd District Supervisor Mark Lovelace had originally recommended the board take a “no position,” 4th District Supervisor Bonnie Neely said she supported Proposition 19 and she thinks the board should as well because of marijuana's ties to Humboldt's economy and public safety.

Neely said while it's true that Proposition 19 does not have all its regulations ironed out, not many propositions do. She said it would be an opportunity for officials to bring people from various groups together to figure out regulation.

”This is our economic future to some extent and we shouldn't ignore that,” Neely said. “We should embrace it and regulate it at the local level.”

Lovelace had said even after his extensive research, he could not come up with a suggested position because of the county's history with the marijuana industry.

”Despite having spent more time on this initiative then others, I ultimately felt like there's just not enough there,” he said.

Lovelace also brought up legislation from Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, that would create regulations and build on Proposition 19, if it is passed.

The board ended up voting 4-1 to support it, with 1st District Supervisor Jimmy Smith abstaining.

Smith said he still had hesitations about placing the burden of regulations on local jurisdictions.

”Maybe this will be a step, but my reluctance to do this is based on infrastructure -- we don't have the resources to do that,” he said.

Syreeta Lux, chair of the Humboldt Medical Marijuana Advisory Panel (HuMMAP) urged the board to support the proposition during public comment.

”I really appreciate this discussion. I think it represents where every voter stands on Prop. 19 right now -- not knowing what will happen and what it will do for us,” she said, adding that it would help the local economy move forward.

”We're sorry that it will fall into your laps, but we want to help you with that,” Lux said.

The board also had a discussion about Lovelace's recommendations regarding the other ballot measures, propositions 20, 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26, despite one member of the public's concern.

Fifth District Supervisor Jill Duffy said while she appreciated the discussion on the ballot measures, she thinks it should have happened earlier considering the high number of county residents that vote by mail.

The elections office estimates that about 46 percent of the county electorate will vote by mail in November.

McKinleyville resident David Elsebush said he did not think it was appropriate for Lovelace to be promoting his opinion of the ballots, and asked for the item to be pulled from the agenda.

County Counsel Wendy Chaitin said California law allows the board to support or oppose a ballot measure, as long as the board does not use county funds to campaign for a measure.

On The Web:

http://www.ag.ca.gov/initiatives/

http://www.lao.ca.gov/laoapp/ballot_source/Propositions.aspx

Source: Times-Standard (Eureka, CA)
Author: Donna Tam, The Times-Standard
Published: October 20, 2010
Copyright: 2010 MediaNews Group, Inc.
Contact: editor@times-standard.com
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on October 20, 2010 at 08:57:22 PT
This is huge!
State govt against the Feds!

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