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8/27/2014 8:34:00 AM
Letter: Marijuana farms irksome; affects water use

EDITOR:

There seems to be too many medical marijuana growers in the Chino area.

I have found three other medical marijuana farms within a half-mile of my home. And, there are three more in operation or in process of starting a new facility.

It seems that someone has not told these facilities that we are in a AMA and there are rules governing water usage. My well water level has dropped significantly.

These facilities operate using hydroponic techniques, which all pump water to the plants two times more than normal land use crops. This is because these plants are growing most of the day and night.

In essence, a greenhouse may produce more than an acre of crop simply because the crop has unlimited water and growing light.

We can either smoke pot or have water but not both.

Jeff Durbin

Chino Valley


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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, September 21, 2014
Article comment by: Deb Wells

Asking for Trouble, you sure know how to profile people, you ought to get a job at the FBI. Stereotyping people is hatred. I have sat at the Pizza Parlor and that MJ facility has all kinds of people coming in and out, all shapes and sizes, male and female, young, middle aged and people my age. They all seem to be driving a vehicle. Your name suits you.

Posted: Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Article comment by: @Artis Gilmore

Artis, Have you even been to Chino and looked around?? Unless you are living under a rock the problem is real. Three out of four household members who live across the street from me have medical marijuana cards..THEY ARE ON WELFARE and are under the age of 30...Their friends who join them for their wonderful outdoor parties must also be in "Chronic pain" and appear jobless since nobody ever seems to have a place to be. The house and yard are trashed .. My house has been on the market for 3 years..would YOU care to move in ?? I don't think so!

Posted: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Article comment by: John Red flag

If you are concerned about water usage encourage your community to stop watering a lawn and in turn start landscaping based on plants that are ment for the AZ climate.

Posted: Monday, September 8, 2014
Article comment by: Artis Gilmore

Jeff, you are way off with your complaints about water usage and hydroponic systems. Please read "not actually" and Roger's response to get a better understanding.
The knee-jerk statements by "asking for trouble" are incorrect and fear mongering of the worst degree. They have no place in intelligent conversation, here.


Posted: Friday, September 5, 2014
Article comment by: roger Stock

Jeff, you are correct that a hydroponic system applies more waters to plants than normal growing. Difference that the water is reclaimed & reused in recirculating system.
The AZ Health Dept approved grow sites are bringing jobs and money to Chino.
The Cannabis law difficult for some voter approval not enough for you than perhaps taking a compassionate view that people are getting pain relief from cannabis might help you accept the law.
Our state is taking in millions of $ in fees, hundreds of jobs have been created, our courts are opening up to try serious crimes due to simple cannabis possession charges declining.
Hard working moms and dads are not being arrested and sent to jail on as large of a number due to the fact that our laws have taking compassion on medical cannabis users by making the medicine available to patients through grow facilities such as the ones you mentioned in Chino.
By not jailing cannabis users we are saving large amounts of money as well as opening up jail space for serious criminals rather then filling cells with people who were involved in a victim-less crime of smoking pot..
As for your well levels, be more piratical going after the golf courses in the area that use millions of gallons of water annually to keep grass green.


Posted: Thursday, September 4, 2014
Article comment by: Asking For Trouble

The problem with it being grown and sold here is deeper then water issues. We have a ton of crime and drug use here already and this "Jump on the growing bandwagon " is ridiculous. ..Sit at the pizza place next to the pot shop and you'll see your totally functional neighbor, the welfare receiving unemployed 30 year old with" back pain" and your generally lazy white trash customers in and out ..They look perfectly capable of earning a living and taking an Advil like the rest of us...So comforting that they smoke their dope and then DRIVE around our town. Great use of our tax dollars by providing our welfare recipients with a the easy way to get high..Shame on Chino Valley for allowing it!

Posted: Monday, September 1, 2014
Article comment by: not actually

Jeff,
You may want to do a little more research on greenhouse water use. I think you will find that greenhouses actually use much less water. It is more efficient to water a plant growing in a container than it is pouring water onto the ground or allowing water to flow across the land.
The fact that the greenhouses might be growing pot is a separate issue.




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