Living near marijuana grow can be unhealthy experience

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  1. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

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    Are the neighbors of large cannabis operations just collateral damage? Here’s what it’s like to live next to the industrial-scale marijuana operation on Cedar Park Road, our mostly residential street just outside Cottage Grove.

    Classified by the state as an “agricultural” crop, cannabis can be grown and processed in Lane County on lots surrounded by rural residential properties -- with many undesirable but not really unexpected effects. Our neighborhood’s core concern is not the legalization of recreational marijuana, but rather the permitted size and proximity to residential neighborhoods of large-scale grows and processing facilities.

    Traffic and noise: We have experienced a huge (six to 10 times) increase in traffic, notably heavy vehicle traffic. Many residents have abandoned their daily walks on this once-safe dead-end street. The facility emits a constant rattle of commercial-scale diesel generators running all day, every day.

    The stench: We have experienced an incredible olfactory assault that shocks even those among us who have lived amid smaller-scale marijuana grows in northern California.

    For months, the intense, skunk-like, eye-watering stench prevented us from opening our windows and doors to cool our houses on summer nights, raising nighttime temperatures to unhealthy levels and causing sleep deprivation and anxiety.

    Involuntary exposure to the concentrated chemicals emitted by the cannabis operations triggered severe headaches, asthma episodes and other respiratory problems in several households on our street. We are greatly concerned about the effects of such chemicals on infants and people with weakened immune systems -- and, frankly, on all of us; we feel like subjects in an ill-conceived experiment on the downwind effects of large-scale marijuana operations.

    For months, the stench forced us to involuntarily limit our outdoor time, for both work (in gardens and orchards, with animals, on various outdoor projects) and play (patios, porches, outdoor dinners, swimming pools, etc.).

    Water: Cannabis requires irrigation water. State law prohibits pumping groundwater for irrigating recreational marijuana unless the property has irrigation water rights. Nevertheless, groundwater gets pumped for large-scale marijuana irrigation without such water rights, drawing down the local water table and affecting water levels in surrounding wells.

    Physical safety: Cannabis may be classified as an agricultural crop, but the security concerns attached to it produce a cartel-like atmosphere with drones, security cameras and armed guards with high-powered rifles with ranges of more than two miles. What the heck is this kind of facility doing in a residential area? Hundreds of people live within two miles of it.

    Intimidation: In addition to these impacts, which are likely to be experienced by neighbors of any large-scale marijuana operation, our neighborhood has been subjected to intimidation, threatened violence, profanity and arrogant bullying.

    Examples include sexual threats to young women; drone flights over neighbors, including children and an 80-year-old stroke victim mowing his lawn; frequent discharge of firearms, typically after a confrontation with a neighbor; neighbors stalked by employees with sidearms strapped to their waist; explosive outbursts of profanity; and verbal demands to get off of our own street.

    While this may not be typical of large-scale marijuana operations, the current Wild West-like atmosphere of light state and local regulation and insufficient staffing in regulatory agencies invites exploitation by greedy opportunists.

    Our neighborhood’s cannabis presence has forced itself to the forefront of our everyday lives and introduced a persistent fear for our health, sanity and physical safety. Many neighbors are so distraught and intimidated that they are planning to move away, leaving behind invested time and resources, memories and plans, and their attachment to a place -- to their homes -- with the dimly perceived goal of somehow starting all over in a place like our street used to be.

    Several actions could be taken at the county and state levels to limit the impacts of large-scale cannabis operations on adjacent neighborhoods.

    Significantly reduce the permitted size of individual grows near residences.

    Limit large-scale operations to sites distant from residences.

    Significantly increase the required setback from property lines.

    Reclassify cannabis as something other than an “agricultural” crop.

    Enforce the water laws.

    We believe that such measures could help protect residential neighborhoods from the impacts we’ve described, would minimize local water-supply issues arising from surreptitious pumping of groundwater, and would slow the influx of exploitative industrial-scale operations.

    We know that other neighborhoods are experiencing impacts like those we have described here, and anyone living within a mile of a property zoned F1, F2, or EFU currently is at risk of doing so. If you wish to share your experiences or concerns, email us at the address below.

    Richard Sedlock, a retired professor, and Jerry Settelmeyer, a retired educator and school board member, live on Cedar Park Road near Cottage Grove. They can be reached at [email protected].

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  2. Naelbis

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    So basically it's a local zoning issue no different than if any other industrial enterprise suddenly popped up next to a residential neighborhood.
     
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  3. OXMYX

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    They voted for it so they deserve whatever they get on the left coast.

    And wind farms are cool, until you build them next to the Kennedy compound.
     
  4. Ramjet38

    Ramjet38 Mentally Frozen

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  5. Dr. Bill

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    Nobody thinks these things through. Even our governor, John Hickenlooper, has said he's had second thoughts about signing marijuana legalization into law. That's saying a lot, for a Democrat.
     
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    Ramjet38 Mentally Frozen

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    I don't think any of these states think this through for any unintended consequences.
     
  7. RenoF250

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    They? So you know all of them did. I am for the legalization of MJ but not this sort of nonsense.
     
  8. Naelbis

    Naelbis

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    Any change to the status quo will bring challenges and consequences. It takes time to study the effects of large social policy changes and deal with minor stuff like zoning issues. Or we could continue to blindly adhere to an already failed policy of prohibition and spend hundreds of billions of dollars on enforcement and incarceration.
     
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    Really?

    That’s your take away from this?
     
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  10. biscuits&gravy

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    Who in the hell votes for a guy named Hickenlooper?
     
  11. Grabbrass

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    +1

    Sure, they voted for it. But like, not in their backyards.
     
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  12. Naelbis

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    Essentially. Almost all complaints listed are no different from any I have seen leveled at heavy industrial parks located close to residential neighborhoods. Any alleged illegal actions (harassment and water violations) should have been (an probably were) reported to police, investigated and found not actionable. I live in an oil boom town and was with the SO when things got really crazy..you should have heard some of the claims made about man camps and the new industrial stuff that was popping up all over before zoning got tightened up (most of it complete fabrication).
     
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    Hog farming in NC is much better :couch:
     
  14. MrGlock21

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    The ones who profit from it, directly, indirectly and 'very indirectly', do think it through, irrespective of any consequences.
     
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    That smell he’s whining about is the smell of money, big money!
    What did he think they were getting when they legalized it? A bunch of small operations ran by free loading hippies? Cause we all know how well that will work out.
    And he’s shocked about guns? Are any of you shocked about someone defending their valuable commodity with a gun, if so your on the wrong forum. The Cry like a little liberal b**** site can be found at MSN or Wapo.
    Really posting some whiny diatribe from a communist college professor.
     
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    In fact, it gets worse.

    CNBC did a whole series on pot growing's collateral damage to communities. It was so successful, I think they went back and did a follow up series.

    People draw parallels to the alcoholic beverage industry but the parallels are illusory.
     
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  17. Bruce M

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    I was going to say it sounds like living next to a pig farm except the pig farm is patrolled by conscripts from the KGB.
     
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    SWFlGuy Lifetime NRA member

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    Get yourselves some flame throwers and get rid of them.
     
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    That would just attract more people.
     
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    Except: It's SKUNK WEED! :laughing:
     
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