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Gone to pot

By From page A5 | June 25, 2014

EDITOR:

As we head into what will probably be a frightening fire season and can use every drop of water, here is a thought: Let’s divert a little less water from real farmers and start taking it back from the thousands upon thousands of illegal marijuana operations wreaking havoc in California. A 100-pot plant farm can easily use up to 10,000 gallons of water a month. (Yes, 10,000 gallons.)

So be outraged if your water bill goes up this summer, or you are fined for watering your lawn. As houses continue to drop out of escrow because of spiraling fire insurance rates and as houses drop out of escrow because of marijuana being grown (as will be my case if I decide to sell), it follows that if my property value is being decreased and/or I cannot sell my home, shouldn’t I be paying less property tax to reflect the decreased value? Or no taxes if my property is actually worth zero?

Much like the marijuana traffickers, I guess I will pay no taxes. (Wow, this is starting to sound good.)

So this summer, don’t be too outraged driving by a waterpark for kids or a swimming pool for kids. Be outraged at the millions upon millions of gallons of stolen water and the destruction of neighborhoods and forests.

Marijuana farms? No chance. Are we all high? Nope. Just some of us.

STEVE JAMESON
Garden Valley

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