DO YOU WANT TO STOP THE ROLLING BANS IN CALIFORNIA FOR THE MOMENT? THEN LISTEN UP!
(First, let me say that I did not discover this information on my own. My unnamed and quite beloved growing buddy in Butte discovered it and left it to a few of us to explain the intricacies to all of our family.)
I will write a more eloquent and witty story later, but right now the more important thing to do is get the raw information out.
So Monsanto got their panties in a wad a couple years ago when a couple California counties decided to ban GMO crops. What was their solution? Use the legislature to deny people of their right to the Initiative of course!
Basically they stuck a rider in an already shitty bill named AB 2470 that does not let a local agency apply regulations to a seed, plant or crop without first receiving the approval of the Secretary of Agriculture.
In essence, it’s intended to block a voter-backed initiative that bans GMO’s. #UnconstitutionalMuch?
Here’s the actual wording:
“SEC. 4. Section 52334 is added to the Food and Agricultural Code, to read:
52334. Notwithstanding any other law, on and after January 1, 2015, a city, county, or district, including a charter city or county, shall not adopt or enforce an ordinance that regulates plants, crops, or seeds without the consent of the secretary. An ordinance enacted before January 1, 2015, shall be considered part of the comprehensive program of the department and shall be enforceable.”
Well, that kind of cinches it up then right? I mean, cannabis is a plant, crop and seed, so really, all the local municipalities have to go get permission from the Secretary of Agriculture before they can enact any ordinance regarding cannabis at all, let alone a ban.
Think they just hand out those approvals cheap and easy? Nope–they are going to have to show that their regulations are legally and biologically appropriate: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/docs/4700-et-al-73014.pdf
If you smell a whole new flurry of lawsuits based on environmental law, etc, you are correct!!
Soo, long story short, take this document to the attorney in charge of your local ban (City Attorney, County Council, etc.) https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB2470 (Section 52334 in particular.)
Ask them if they have sought approval from the Secretary of Agriculture yet for this ordinance.
Let them know they need to do that first or they are flat-out breaking the law.
I would like to dedicate this message in gratitude to the greedy fuckhead corporate lawyers at Monsanto’s office in Hell.