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Jul. 22, 2017

Opinion

Opinion

Sheriff to supes “marijuana has to be reeled in” (opinion)

Jim Shields looks at developments in the county's enforcement of its new cannabis ordinance.

Thoughts on the Bypass, Trees, and Values (letter to the editor)

A statement by Madge Strong to the Willits City Council on Wednesday, reprinted as a letter to the editor.
Shown above is a sprawling chain of hoop greenhouses within two miles of downtown Laytonville. The structures contain thousands, of marijuana plants. There is a proliferation of such greenhouses throughout the north county area. The question is: How can it possibly be legal to grow that many plants under new state marijuana laws and Mendocino County pot ordinances? (photo/caption provided by Shields).

Mendocino County’s Reefer Madness (opinion)

Laytonville's Jim Shields looks at the county's cannabis enforcement.
a cannabis plant

Playing by the rules: cannabis taxes and fees (opinion)

Jim Shields from the Observer looks at the costs of compliance.

Times are changing, water in Laytonville (op-ed)

An op-ed piece written by Jim Shields concerning water in Laytonville.