PRESS RELEASE: MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS BETRAYS VOTERS AND COMPROMISES PUBLIC SAFETY

Mendocino Heritage Initiative of 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Sarah

MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS BETRAYS VOTERS AND COMPROMISES PUBLIC SAFETY

Ukiah, CA: September 20, 2016 – With the November election only 50 days away, a 3-0 vote by the Board of Supervisors against Measure AF disenfranchised over 4,000 Mendocino voters today, leaving cannabis regulation in further limbo. Supervisor Woodhouse was not present, and Supervisor Hamburg recused himself from the vote.

Emboldened by a fringe minority, Supervisor John McCowen repeated fictional claims by the NO on AF campaign before moving to deny the citizen-led initiative support.

“Measure AF was presented as a blueprint for moving forward with policy that our Board has not been able to deliver. We have been begging for regulation for years, and now the State has rolled out a comprehensive  program. Mendocino is behind. The Board violated the public trust by putting their own policies before one that was drafted by the community, for the community,” said Tim Blake, proponent of the Yes on AF campaign.

Measure AF seeks an immediate end to the black market cannabis trade that contributes to deforestation and environmental destruction, and threatens public safety.

Board Chair Supervisor Gjerde admitted the vulnerability of the Board’s own ordinance before casting his vote, stating that their ordinance (still in development) could be targeted by lawsuits, such as the one filed this past summer against the County’s Urgency Ordinance by members of the Mendocino Blacktail Deer Association who have reincarnated as the No on AF campaign. Lawsuits would result in endless delays and drain the county’s operating budget and put already stressed reserves at further risk.

Delays and regulatory traps have been the norm in Mendocino’s cannabis history. “Just look at the outcome of the Supervisor’s ill-fated Measure B,” says AF proponent Jude Thilman. “Eight years ago, best intentions left the county liable for NOT being in compliance with state law; their actions were ruled unconstitutional. AF not only brings Mendocino County into compliance with current state law, it goes several steps further to ensure that public safety is paramount.”

Today, our Supervisors abandoned their responsibility to county residents by delaying the best and most cost-effective path forward for regulating cannabis to ensure public safety. The Board remains so focused on getting their own policy passed that they are betraying the will of the voters. The people of Mendocino County will have their chance to VOTE YES on AF and support comprehensive regulation on November 8th despite the board’s actions today.

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For more information on YES ON AF, Mendocino Heritage Initiative please visit www.YesOnAF.com.

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