Town Fights Back Against Large-Scale Pot Growers
Neighbors weary of industrial-scale grow houses
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 3, 2012 1:04 PM CDT
This Arcata Police Department photo shows the inside of a marijuana grow house.   (AP Photo/Arcata Police Department)

(Newser) – Happily isolated on California's remote Humboldt County coast, Arcata has long made room in its heart for marijuana. But the mellow days are coming to an end. Even Arcata residents who support legalization of marijuana have become fed up with high-volume indoor growing operations that take over much-needed housing and take advantage of the state's loosely written medical marijuana law.

The neighbors of these clandestine pot farms complain of the skunk-like stink of cannabis, fire hazards, rising rents, vicious guard dogs, caches of guns, illegal pesticides, and late-night visits from shady characters. Now City Council is fighting back: Measure I on next week's ballot would impose a 45% electricity tax on households, with minor exceptions, that use three times the amount of power a typical family home does. If it passes, it would be the first measure of its kind in the nation aimed at marijuana growers.

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Nov 10, 2012 7:07 AM CST
Nov 5, 2012 11:52 AM CST
total idiots...the growers will just buy generators...then the neighbors will be inhaling gas/diesel fumes along with the skunk scent
Nov 5, 2012 8:06 AM CST
Good, then maybe these inovative growers will be motivated enough to come up with a new energy source that will produce cheap electricity. In the mean while they'll switch to solar panels and wind generators in the yard and on the roof. And the next town hall meeting will be about limiting them. This is what you can expect if it's legalized. The upside is that Mexico will have to switch to other drugs for export since the market will be flooded with super bud.