I don't object to the use of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes. I do object to a pot farm within 5 miles of my home or a dispensary closer than 26 miles.
There are many issues involved with commercial marijuana growing farms that are located near people's homes. The proposal to change the hemp farm in St. Johns to a pot farm has me concerned. I have been researching how pot farms operate and how it affects people living around it in states commercial growing has been legalized. Following are my issues regarding the pot farm:
• Health of Residents within proximity. Many of us already have year-around allergies-asthma. The additional pollen, air pollution (don't quote me the insufficient government guidelines, my allergies don't recognize them), and dust in the air could not be good for people with health issues.
• A common complaint in areas with pot farms, and a source of nausea, is the smell of the plants. Having the smell of skunks spraying around your house is sickening.
• Also, and very important, it will affect people growing their own medicinal plants that can't afford dispensary prices. Current laws will not allow people to grow their own marijuana if a Dispensary is within 25 miles. What will prevent the owners from putting a dispensary in the area?
• Property Values in the area. I'm sure no one will want to buy a home located near a skunk smell emitting, noisy, farm that has security concerns. Our property values will plummet.
• The farm will produce an increase of heavy truck and vehicle traffic in the Mountain View area that will create more air and sound pollution.
• Taxing our natural resources. They will need to use a lot of water. Will they be drawing down our irrigation or well water/water table? Will it affect our city water pressure?
• Electrical usage. With power plants shutting down, will this create brown outs? Putting aside the use of electricity, there is the light pollution of having 24/7 lamps and fans (noise pollution) on.
• City resources. We will need increased police presence in the community. The fire department will have to provide sufficient hydrants and access to extinguish fires if the acres of plants ignite. The road department will need to redo the roads used with proper topping to handle the increased weight and number of vehicles using the roads. Waste disposal is a concern.
Is it just hot houses or open air farming; can they expand; build a dispensary? Should we rezone the area? This is too close to houses for pot and who's paying for it?