Thanks to Kym Kemp for an unbiased account of the conference held in Ukiah April 24, "Life After Legalization: Marijuana Enters the Mainstream". Although you went to great lengths to describe the union organizer who accompanied Richard Lee, proponent of the Tax Cannabis 2010 ballot initiative, your reporter said nothing about the initiative itself, which would legalize possession of one ounce and cultivation of 25 sq feet. As a modest beginning, if passed, it would take years for 58 counties and hundreds of municipalities to incorporate regulation of marijuana into local ordinances. This should ameliorate many concerns of local growers who fear losing their way of life to corporate take-overs.
Ukiah Chamber of Commerce President-CEO, Bert Mosier, pressed for a "conversation" on a "realistic business approach" to marijuana entering the mainstream, which is already in process and could become an economic reality if passed in November.
Mr Mosier is to be commended for taking a public and principled position on potential legalization. The integrity of his position was underscored by the results of the 2008 Chamber of Commerce survey of its membership on Mendo's Measure B, which he said came back "dead even", causing the Chamber to remain neutral on the ballot measure.
Tim Blake of Area 101 spoke of the need to "embrace the future" through "inclusive transparent growers' collectives and mutual benefit associations as an alternative to the profit mode".
This is the beginning of a vital conversation that has now taken root in the psyche of our community and only needs watering to flower. pt for mmmab
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Dec 12, 2013
vol XXIV issue 50
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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