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