Statement from Inyo County Supervisor Mark Tillemans

Press Release

Mark Tillemans

Chairman, Inyo County Board of Supervisors

In light of increasing rumors circulating in our community regarding upcoming commercial cannabis policy decisions, I plan to provide a full detailed report at the next Board of Supervisor’s meeting of October 17th during the Board reports portion of the agenda.

Inyo Supervisor Mark Tillemans

I do not have any legal conflict of interest relating to any Board decisions, but I do understand that because of my interest in developing a commercial cannabis business there is a perceived conflict of interest.

Out of respect for the public and the decision-making process of the Board of Supervisors, I will be recusing myself from any Board decisions related to commercial cannabis policies.

Some of the facts I’d like to convey now and get into more detail at Tuesday’s meeting are:

  • My support of cannabis’ medicinal values and the importance of investing in research and development of the plant as a viable medicine and a safe option to opioid use
  • Transparent absence of any legal conflict of interest to date and moving forward
  • The economic boom that’s on the horizon and the worldwide interest groups in our micro-climate
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Bishop Local
Bishop Local
4 years ago

He looks high in the picture!

Allen Berrey
Allen Berrey
4 years ago

Worse than a Brown Act violation, this “Board report” by Mr. Tillemans, in which he will explain his plans for his private, commercial marijuana-growing business in Inyo County, is a gift of public funds, prohibited by the California Constitution, by which Supervisor Tillemans is governed and which he swore to… Read more »

sugarmags
sugarmags
4 years ago
Reply to  Allen Berrey

Seems like a ‘damned if I do, damned if I don’t’ situation. He’s attempting to tackle this issue publicly in attempt to avoid suspicion of his actions, if he didn’t do this then people would accuse him of trying to sweep it under the rug. Personally, I’d like to hear… Read more »

Allen Berrey
Allen Berrey
4 years ago
Reply to  sugarmags

With respect, sugarmags, I think you are missing my point and creating a false Hobson’s Choice for Mr. Tillemans: It isn’t the content of Mr. Tilleman’s message to which I object. I object to the forum in which Mr. Tillemans is choosing to convey that message. I do not think… Read more »

Philip Anaya
Philip Anaya
4 years ago
Reply to  Allen Berrey

Sorry Mr. Berrey, It is probably lawful and probably required to make a statement to recuse yourself in this situation . Not having the benefit of legal training and experience and whether or not I have a preference to pain management, I do appreciate a transparent disclosure .

Allen Berrey
Allen Berrey
4 years ago
Reply to  Philip Anaya

Thank you Mr. Anaya. However, the basis of my objection was that it appeared from the press release that Supervisor Tillemans was going to do much more than simply recuse himself at the Board meeting. Indeed, as promised by that press release, at the Board meeting Mr. Tillemans went on… Read more »

Almost Native
Almost Native
4 years ago

Thank you Mr.Borrow, can I add our local DA and Police dept.?They use our justice system in the same way to cover each others tracks?
How dare we criticize their actions!

Edward R. Burrow
Edward R. Burrow
4 years ago

Two points: First, this will be a Brown Act violation. This topic is and therefore should be a separate agenda item, not presented under the nebulous “Board reports” section of the Board’s meeting. Second, Supervisor Tillemans should have disclosed his intent to grow marijuana commercially a long time ago –… Read more »

Pedro
Pedro
4 years ago

E.R.B.

How do you know when he first had interest or “intent”? Curious.

Edward R. Burrow
Edward R. Burrow
4 years ago
Reply to  Pedro

Two reasons: First, because the temporal proximity of Supervisor Tillemans’ votes in favor of resolutions allowing commercial marijuana production in Inyo County (note that when Establishment money is involved “marijuana” becomes “cannabis”) and his subsequent announcement of his intent to engage in that commercial activity creates a rebuttable presumption that… Read more »

Bishop Rocks
Bishop Rocks
4 years ago

The County hasn’t adopted any ordinances or resolutions as they relate to commercial marijuana yet. In fact, I think they start considering it early next month. There was a vote of the public to allow for commercial marijuana in Inyo County in the last election cycle.

He Who Stands in the Shadows
He Who Stands in the Shadows
4 years ago
Reply to  Bishop Rocks

The Board of Supervisors – including Mr. Tillemans – crafted the resolutions that the public voted on in regards to commercial cannabis in Inyo County and thus directed policy in that regard. Were these not County resolutions? Or do you think, Mr. Rocks,that the public just got together and voted… Read more »

Bishop Rocks
Bishop Rocks
4 years ago
Reply to  Bishop Rocks

@shadows: 1. It’s Mrs. Rocks. 2. The exact text of the ballot measures is included below. They aren’t resolutions or policy. It was an advisory vote for the public to weigh in on whether or the County should craft resolutions, which have been developed by a panel of staff, based… Read more »

He Who Stands in the Shadows
He Who Stands in the Shadows
4 years ago
Reply to  Bishop Rocks

Thank you Mrs. Rocks (and I bet you do) for clarifying the legislative history of this matter to date; I take your point. But did the Board not have to at least review that public/staff input and ultimately approve the wording of the advisory measures before they could be placed… Read more »