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Marijuana Issue

Of the five members of the then Board of Supervisors, I was the only dissenting vote for the acceptance of the emergency ordinance,  due to what I perceived to be the inability for local enforcement by our law enforcement and code enforcement resources.

Unexpectedly, the marijuana cultivation issue got out of hand immediately with a record number of cultivation applications (exceeding 700) turned in to our planning department within days. Since that time, Calaveras County has been playing second fiddle to any type of selective accurate enforcement, and has suffered not only economically,  but effectively has reduced the County’s ability to conduct day to day business to the various departments within the County.

After a new board had been seated with 4 of the 5 seats replaced, and by ballot measures in the November election of 2016, we now have a marijuana cultivation ban currently in place. My personal position on marijuana cultivation has been and will be one of prohibition other than medical marijuana allowed by state law. But my personal position must be set aside and I must deal with the current issues.

A priority at this time is whether or not a ban can be effectively enforced with the present financial stream. More importantly, if a regulated ordinance were to be enacted, a major concern will also be the financing stream to provide effective enforcement.

During the last 12 months I have attempted to bring this very important issue to the ballot for a vote of the people in the attempt to have their voices heard. There may have been a time where 5 members of the Board of Supervisors could have made effective decisions regarding this issue but I feel that that time has passed. This issue must be decided by the people via ballot for the good and welfare of the county and the people that reside there.

Committee to Elect Michael Oliveira FPPC#1400869
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