Andy Fusso

Government is charged with regulating businesses to benefit the community and the economy. Mt. Shasta’s cannabis ordinances of course must employ good zoning to balance the impact of this and indeed every other industry.

While there is great demand and support for sensible, legal cannabis and evidenced by the overwhelming approval of Mt. Shasta an California voters, clearly the most appropriate place for this industry to benefit our area is zoned agricultural by the county. The city has limited industrial canabis activities, and it is not the city’s fault that the county has been short sighted, fighting this lost cause.

People want the city of Mt. Shasta to thoughtfully taking on these opportunities, as the impoverished county has unfortunately passed on. Proposition 64 waas passed to enable sensible regulation, which the city has been working hard to develop.

Looking at the facts, as seen from the city’s professional and nuanced presentations, these are highly regulated businesses. We should want a healthy city and while zoning regulations must be sensible, a city which says no to everything risks unintended consequences.

I find myself in full agreement with Sheriff Lopey – there is a big problem with trespass grows! These operate with no regulation, inviting criminal participation, poisoning our forests and watersheds with pesticide use and diversions. These have terrible effects on our wildlife, and opportunities for citizens and visitors to enjoy our public lands.

Cannabis businesses are run by responsible people who want a path to operate locally and be good citizens. If we don’t provide for that, we will absolutely also severely affect the forests and watersheds surrounding the city.

As allowed by the ordinance, these businesses benefit the community. If opponents wish to reduce the attractiveness of the city’s industrial land to this industry, surely they would be lobbying the county to open up other places to move these operations.

Like any city business there should be sensible rules and enforcement, and the city has done an excellent job in balancing opportunities for jobs without harming our environment.

Facilities are locked down and not accessible to children. We must be realistic, and of course monitor the businesses for any real problems. Let’s make sure we do not have a desperate city that will take any corporate handouts that come along. These businesses provide well paid jobs and tax revenue.

I don’t see a reason to be concerned about slightly smaller buffer zones around secured facilities. What harms children is when they see adults saying things that are simply not true. I am concerned about that.