Op/Ed by a Concerned Mason County Citizen: Your Input Sought on Pot Farm Moratorium

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ATTENTION VOTERS & CONCERNED CITIZENS!

DO YOU KNOW that current Mason County zoning laws permit commercial Marijuana Producer/Processor operations in your rural residential neighborhood?

DO YOU KNOW that the money from Marijuana operations goes straight to the State & not to the benefit of Mason County?

DO YOU KNOW that while State law requires these to be 1,000 ft away from public spaces, the County permits Prod./Proc. operations to be just 100 ft away from your home/child’s school bus stop?

DO YOU KNOW that WA Liquor Control Board official reports (liq.wa.gov) also warn:

• “Due to the high monetary value placed upon marijuana, areas can experience a number of home invasion robberies, thefts & murders related to marijuana cultivation.”
• “Marijuana plants produce a distinctive odor that is often detectable far beyond property boundaries. This strong, distinctive odor can interfere with neighboring owners use & enjoyment of their property. In addition, this odor…may alert malefactors to the location where marijuana is grown, creating the risk of burglary & robbery at the location.”
• “Water use & fertilizer runoff to streams or groundwater is also a concern…Only soils in high state of fertility produce good crops of hemp. In particular, we recommend adequate application of nitrogen & phosphorus, practices that put streams & groundwater at risk of pollution.”

DO YOU KNOW that Mason County has a record of not requiring any environmental impact tests or water/runoff tests for these operations, providing almost no oversight to how it will affect your neighborhood?

DO YOU KNOW this is NOT a fight against Marijuana, I-502 or business, but a plea for our County Officials to properly zone for this industry & still protect county citizens & property?

DO YOU KNOW that your presence at the Tuesday, July 22 at 6:30 PM Commissioners Meeting will inform your elected officials on how to vote? Attend & demand a change to Zoning Laws & keep these out of your RURAL RESIDENTIAL neighborhood!

Concerned Mason County Citizen

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