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Re: “Opt Out Afoot

You can disrespectfully call it a soap opera, Mr Jeremy Dickman, but if you had to pay $20,000 to redrill a well that had run dry on your property because the neighbors sucked it dry with their pot farm, I wonder how you would feel. As you may not know, because you do not seem to be a farmer, the pot growers do not want to use irrigation water because it is too dirty for their use and it only runs 6 months out of the year and they want to grow year round, and it is very expensive to truck in water for these very big and thirsty plants. So they use groundwater, often illegally.

And if you could not sell your property and had to take a significant price cut on it because no young family with children wants to buy it, I wonder what you would do. Contrary to your article, it is not retired folks that buy our rural 5, 10, 20 acre lots but young people who want to raise their kids on the land, with 4H or chickens or horses, that have the energy to work the land. Now these families risk to live near a farm with security gates and cameras, armed guards, that let the pasture dry up and go to weeds while they grow pot in greenhouses on concrete slabs in pot, as far away from nature as they can get. And if seasonal pickers roam the neighborhood that get paid in cash and look at your equipment standing on your land, I wonder how you would feel.
And you misinform the public by saying that an opt out costs the taxpayers money, the opposite is true. Policing the pot grows is what costs so much money (the Sheriff is against them). There is only 50% compliance, as you may be aware, and many busts of illegal activities on the Deschutes County grows have already occurred. Several well known Bend pot grows and their owners have been in the news with these, as well as many illegal ones, as about 75% of sales occur on the black market and generate no tax income, as it is expensive to buy these products in the pot shops.

The farm bureau members are biased, almost all of them grow pot, so that is not a good source of information. Because of this, most of our local farmers want nothing to do with them.

Also, rural Deschutes County voted against Marijuana, so again you misinform your readers. And it passed only by a slight margin in the rest of the County.
You are correct in saying that we need to spend money on Mental Health due to this. As a matter of fact, we already do. COCC had to hire a counselor to deal with the falling grades and lack in competitiveness and attendance noted by students due to recreational Marijuana, the same is true in our local High Schools, ask any coach or principal. Plus, dont forget the cost to the public from hospital admissions for hyperemesis and psychosis caused by recreational marijuana. If you dont know what that means, you may want to look it up. Another health note needs to be made on poisonings. The pesticides and herbicides on these plants are 100% unregulated and many growers use them in abundance, because mildew, plant diseases, aphids etc love warm humid brightly lit environments with fast growing plants such as pot greenhouses. Because of this, California had to pull 25% of tested products off the shelves.
We currently have a 6 1/2 year oversupply of pot in Oregon already, so not producing any more will actually help current growers and protect potential new growers from loosing their money. The wholesale price dropped by half last year alone. And as members of the farm bureau that own pot shops and farms in the area can tell you, over half the pot growers in Oregon already went out of business last year.
So, it is actually cheaper for the taxpayers to opt out. It is better for the rural community. It does not mean that supply will be an issue. It means, as an adult, you need to learn from your mistakes and act on them.
A rural resident of Deschutes County

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Posted by Su on 08/16/2019 at 12:17 PM

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There is no THC in it! That is 100% true. I ate this kind of CBD as well as many other types of CBD products and took dozens of drug tests and never failed one!

Posted by Treva on 08/16/2019 at 6:26 PM

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