California County Bans Outdoor Medical Marijuana Grows

Supporters of Lake County’s ban claim that outdoor cannabis farming in the region are polluting local forests and drying up area rivers. “People are coming in, denuding the hillsides, damming the creeks and mixing in fertilizers that are not allowed in the U.S. into our watersheds,” Denise Rushing , a Lake County supervisor who said she supported the ban, told The Associated Press. But outdoor growing advocates claimed that the restrictions conflate legal growing with illegal — and that the ban could force people who would otherwise legally grow their own medical cannabis to grow illegally. CABICC campaign manager Daniel McLean told the Lake County Record Bee that the supervisors’ ordinance is “ineffective, discriminatory and very difficult to properly enforce.” The group is working on its own local ordinance to qualify for the November ballot; they say it will more effectively regulate medical marijuana growing in the region. Also on The Huffington Post 27 Reasons Why U.S. Shouldn’t Lead War On Drugs of Only 7 percent of Americans think the United States is winning the war on drugs, and few Americans are interested in throwing down more money to try to win, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll released in 2012.
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