Marijuana by the numbers

By Deb Murphy

Both the Inyo County Board of Supervisors and the Bishop City Council intend to use precinct voting results to help guide future zoning or ordinances for both medical and commercial marijuana operations.

A voter breakdown by area provided by the Registrar of Voters indicates pot is acceptable nearly county-wide.

The biggest winner of the three advisory measures on the November 8 ballot was the tax proposal: 5-percent on commercial operations, both growers and dispensaries. Measure I passed 60 to 40 percent county-wide. The voters in Early Pond were the only group that voted against everything cannabis, including the tax which failed by one vote.

In general, medical marijuana operations did better than their commercial counterparts.

Starting at the north end of the County, medical and commercial operations were approved. Laws broke the trend voting down both Measure G (medical) and H (commercial).

The “yes” votes carried through Bishop city limits and into the McLaren/Manor area and reservation precincts but fell short in West Bishop by a significant margin.

Wilkerson was okay with medical but only by two votes. Commercial went down by 22 votes. While the two tracks north of Big Pine voted yes on both G and H, by less than 20 votes; Measure H lost by 11 votes in Big Pine proper.

Big Pine was the last bastion of hesitation over commercial marijuana. Measure H passed by significant margins from Independence to the Shoshone/Tecopa precincts. The percentages were tight in Olancha and the widest in the Shoshone/Tecopa area with both measures passing 4 to 1.

The County Board of Supervisors will turn Measure I into an official ordinance at its Tuesday meeting as an 11 a.m. time-certain agenda item.

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5 Responses to Marijuana by the numbers

  1. Low Inyo December 12, 2016 at 2:11 pm #

    Pedro…..problems with your suggestions…..I’m allergic to brownies….along with peanuts and chocolate….and I already drink only decaf….like I say,if you think I’m wrong about what I said above…notice the old-time everyday pot smokers….if you do,you WILL see what I mean..

  2. Low Inyo December 8, 2016 at 3:59 pm #

    Kyle…..Those that I know that “puff,puff,pass” everyday,if they are 40 years old,they look 60…if they’re in their 50’s,they look and act 70…weed,along with every other drug known to man,whether it be pot,meth,acid,coke,alcohol,etc.,it’s a young man’s game…kinda like baseball…and about the same type of age limit to it….once you get into your late 30’s-early 40’s,time to lay down the ball and glove in baseball….and time to lay down the bong with marijuana and other drugs….cause if you don’t,your gonna age quickly…and unhealthy..those big bong-hits take their toll on the lungs the same as a 2 pack-a-day smoker from cigarettes or a quarter gram of meth user a day up the nose…..look around and see,even in little ole’ Owens Valley.

    • Pedro December 11, 2016 at 8:31 pm #

      Loaded Inyo,

      Get a vaporizer, better yet some brownies, and chill out. Maybe switch to decaf.

  3. Kyle Crowle December 6, 2016 at 6:11 am #

    Hey Trouble, some Medical Marijuana will cure your affliction of “dissmania” that is a terrible disease and burden to carry, Trust me, I know, I Puff..puff..pass every day, and Wake n Bake every day, it really is the Fountain of youth…

  4. Trouble December 3, 2016 at 12:21 pm #

    I am confused and some what dismayed as to why our County Supervisors put this issues on the ballet? And I don’t smoke pot anymore.


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