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Personal Outdoor Cannabis Cultivation

From: domainremoved <Mark>
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2017 00:29:36 -0800

Dear Menlo Park City Council Members,

I am writing to you about the upcoming vote on extending the moratorium on
personal outdoor cannabis cultivation. Unfortunately, I will not be able
to attend the November 14 meeting.

Please do not lump together commercial cannabis businesses into the same
category as personal outdoor cultivation. These are very distinct items
and should be treated as such. I am only arguing against a moratorium on
personal outdoor cultivation for a number of reasons.

One is that the medical marijuana laws still permit patients to grow
outdoors. This
 will create confusion especially by police and possibly neighbors about
whether an outdoor garden is legal or not, making enforcement difficult and
error prone.

Not allowing outdoor growing will force some people to move growing
indoors. Indoor growing is dangerous and a cause of many electrical
fires, not to mention a waste of electrical resources in a city that is
trying to be green and has goals for 100% renewable power. The dangers of
indoor growing outweigh the potential dangers of outdoor growing.

Outdoor growing is limited as it can only occur during particular seasons,
whereas indoor growing is 24 hours a day all year long.

Personal outdoor growing already has a number of restrictions such as being
out of public view and in locked spaces. These are reasonable restrictions
for allowing this activity.

It will be hard for you to make a case that there is urgent public danger
by extending the moratorium, especially considering the possibility of more
dangerous indoor growing, thus subjecting the ordinance to possible legal
challenges. The Town of Portola Valley recently found this to be true and
decided not to extend their moratorium.

People like to grow their own cannabis for the same reasons as those who
grow their own vegetables or grapes: being able to select your own
varieties, knowing your product is organic and not tainted, being
self-reliant, saving money, saving energy.

32 years ago I moved to Menlo Park and I recall going to Keplers and
finding many books on marijuana growing, and thinking this was a liberal
and progressive city.

The citizens of Menlo Park voted for legal marijuana and the right to grow
it outdoors. Please let them do it.

Mark Lottor
Cathy Place
Menlo Park
Received on Wed Nov 08 2017 - 00:34:33 PST

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