Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Yes and No
I don't want to attract a lot of unwanted google search attention, so forgive me if I seem a bit cryptic in the text here. I'm trying to avoid the more obvious search terms. Many of you will already be aware that this county has a massive agricultural reputation for something other than grapes for wine. Contrary to laws on the national level, California has a small allowance for growing an herbal "remedy" that has an extremely high market value. A few years ago, this county experimented with passing a local law that more than quadrupled the allowed volume that the state permitted. Next week, the voters will decide whether or not to change that number back to the state allowed number. This is extremely contentious, and astronomical numbers of dollars are involved for some folks. Having something be simultaneously legal and illegal is a goldmine for whoever delivers that product. As straw polls go, I think what is now proposed will pass. I could find plenty of Yeses, and very few Noes to photograph. I suppose there are obvious reasons for that, but I think the writing is on the wall. Or not.