As regular readers know, The Union’s weekly columnist George Boardman struggles with the details in his reporting — or the major points for that matter.
It happened again this week. In his column on Monday Boardman wrote: “While nobody in a position of authority has ever made an attempt to quantify the amount of money pot generates in Nevada County, a Cornell University graduate student spent two years studying its impact on the county.
The student, Sara Keene, estimated last January that pot’s economic impact could range from an average of $416 million to $2.5 billion annually. ‘The (marijuana) industry contributes a lot to the local economy,’ she said. ‘The county should be having more of a dialogue.'”
But according to The Union’s own reporting of Keene’s study on January 17, 2015, City Editor Liz Kellar wrote: “The numbers averaging the total value of pot production from 2008-2013 are startling in black and white — from a low average of $416 million to a high average of nearly $2.5 billion. Of course, Keene notes, those averages represent several years when the amount of marijuana seized was very high.
“But even when Keene averaged the years when only smaller-scale seizures took place, the figures are still staggering — from a low average of $106 million to a high of $640 million being generated by marijuana in this county, between 2008 and 2013.”
After working for smaller newspapers, George went into p.r. In this case, in inflating the estimates, he’s doing some p.r. for the Sheriff! LOL. BTW, does Brian Hamilton or Jim Hemig read George’s columns before they are published? Podunk.