...and Mendocino County Sends Even A Stronger Message 1/30/98

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(The following is reprinted courtesy of Dale Gieringer, California NORML.)

Ukiah, CA, Jan. 28, 1998 -- In a historic meeting, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors not only put itself firmly on record in support of the Ukiah medicinal Cannabis Buyers' Club, but also became the first county in California to call on Congress to conduct hearings on the legalization of marijuana.

The board voted 5-0 for a resolution by Sup. Charles Peterson asking the sheriff and district attorney to observe "the letter, spirit, and intent" of Prop. 215, and expressing support for the Ukiah club, one of six clubs named in a federal lawsuit aimed at closing California's medical cannabis dispensaries.

The board then went on to give unanimous backing to a motion by Supervisor John Pinches, asking Congressman Frank Riggs to call for congressional hearings on legalizing marijuana. Rep. Riggs, who is running for the U.S. Senate, had previously, privately indicated to a group of Laytonville residents that he would call for such hearings if asked to do so by the Board of Supervisors. In a letter to Riggs the board wrote, "Due to the millions of dollars spent on eradication efforts against marijuana, this board is urging your support to move forward and seek a congressional hearing on the issues surrounding legalization of marijuana." Pinches, a conservative Republican and candidate for the State Senate, strongly attacked the war on pot. "We're spending millions and millions on building more prisons to keep that system going. If we keep on going for another 10 years, how many more dollars will be wasted, and what's the price going to be?" he asked, "All Californians and Americans have to come to sanity on this issue."

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