Ron Green continues to bring up the point that Measure N forces many medical marijuana patients to grow their medicine indoors.
He cites increased power costs as one of the problems and has mentioned “thousands of dollars” in past letters yet 1,200 watts is the same amount of power required to run two or three plasma TVs, which is clearly not excessive.
Ron Green and the local chapter of the Sierra Club are concerned with high humidity associated with indoor grows, causing mold and mildew growth within the home.
Yet almost everyone I know grows some sort of plants in their home and I have never heard or seen problems with humidity or mold growth.
Why should a few marijuana plants grown for personal use be any different?
If the whole house is turned into a greenhouse to grow marijuana I can understand humidity problems, but that would be a for profit grow, not for personal medical use.
In addition, I would imagine that growing indoors would actually benefit a patient in that instead of being limited to one crop a year, the plants could be grown year round resulting in a more consistent supply of medicine.
Ron Green also loves to call Measure N a “draconian” ordinance as if Lake County is being unreasonable and is way out of whack with the rest of the state.
What Ron Green and the anti-N folks don’t want the rest of us to know is that there are already over 35 cities/towns and four counties that have ordinances banning outdoor cultivation of marijuana.
Furthermore, there are a few that ban indoor and outdoor cultivation of marijuana.
Two of the cities with bans are right next door to us, Ukiah and Willits.
Ukiah initially had an ordinance that allowed outdoor cultivation, but after a few years of the same issues that we have been experiencing here in Lake County, they had to do an about face and ban the outdoor growing of marijuana.
I urge everyone to think about it. If a couple of cities in Mendocino County were forced to ban outdoor cultivation within their boundaries because of the problems associated with grows, why should we think Lake County will be any different?
Vote yes on Measure N.
Dave Rosenthal lives in Middletown, Calif.