Supervisor Dan Miller challenges cannabis growers to participate in more fundraising efforts

The race for District 3 supervisor is underway even though only one candidate has announced. (Other than The Union’s columnist/”journalist” George Boardman, many people expect Hilary Hodge to enter the race).

In a column in The Union, incumbent Dan Miller writes: “I am often approached by business owners who inquire, ‘Why don’t the cannabis growers participate in fundraising efforts?’ Frankly, I have no answer for them.

“It is often mentioned the cannabis industry brings in boatloads of money to our county. Where is it? Since the growers do not pay taxes yet, this challenge provides an opportunity for them to participate in a jumpstart of goodwill.

“I ask them to consider some of the following: Contribute to Hospitality House or the Salvation Army. I know Habitat for Humanity needs help, and also the Interfaith Food Ministry.

To be sure, cannabis growers do support local businesses — some of them “in spades.” In fact, their contribution is significant — and we’d suffer economically without it.

And some individual cannabis users are big local donors, thought not in “the name of cannabis.” (Dan should have acknowledged this more and had more of an “answer” for the naysayers).

But Dan raises a good point. Our small business, for example, makes a lot of local donations for its size, ranging from donations to arts and culture to a monthly contribution to feed families at the Interfaith Food Ministry. It is part of the culture of our towns, and it’s enjoyable.

As cannabis becomes legal, it would be good for the growers to make some high-profile, long-term donations. Having said that, the non-cannabis crowd, including “good old boys,” needs to reach out and invite them into the tent. We still are a “cliquish” town.

About jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.
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5 Responses to Supervisor Dan Miller challenges cannabis growers to participate in more fundraising efforts

  1. Chip Wilder says:

    I need some Indian input about forked tongues. Is this the same Dan Miller who was on board with the local GOP to send out an e mail about Silas Hurd being a “publicity stunt”?
    Sent out by the Nevada County Republican Party (Feb. 2016), reads, in part: “The commercial growers are using an unfortunate child as a publicity stunt to ask the Board of Supervisors to create an exception and allow for outdoor growing of marijuana.” The child mentioned in the campaign email is Silas Hurd, an 11-year old boy diagnosed with a rare and relentless form of epilepsy called Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome.
    And now he wants to challenge the growers participate and step up.
    Must be election cycle coming up-

  2. Judith Lowry says:

    I’m speechless.

  3. Joe Koyote says:

    After the resounding defeat of the Sheriff’s pot initiative, I think the local anti-pot crowd is running a little scared as the next election cycle begins. The fact that Clinton won in formerly Republican Nevada County sends a message. Locally, it was, after all, the cannabis issue that brought people to the polls not Clinton. Conservative candidates who voice the old ‘reefer madness’ status quo could suffer. Miller’s “challenge” is, in my opinion, a feeble attempt to cast shade on the growers and rally the anti-pot troops in anticipation of the next election.

  4. Judith Lowry says:

    Politics aside, and whatever perceived hypocrisy may be in play, the notion of melding the healing communities into one cohesive unit seems better than asking for donations from cannabis farmers for the homeless shelters. There is more of a relationship between the AMA and CBD schools of medicine, so the work could be productive and ground breaking.

    The farmers can “give back” by partnering wth the environmental groups to save the rivers and what’s going to be left of the forests. They will get an education and the community gets an educated and committed stewardship team, watchdogs of the SierraFoothills.

    The testing labs and distributors could join with Sierra Nevada Hospital and enhance, through augmentation into herbal medicine, the way medicine is practiced in our region.
    Such a lucrative partnership could include a research and testing facility at the hospital as well as a hospital dispensary.
    Why not? Hospitals are filled with all kinds of drugs.
    Additionally, Nevada County has a reputation of historically being a bit of a maverick county that tends to pave its own way.
    Why not get some control of the product and focus on the medical applications?
    Recreational use is not going away, and abuse does and will happen. Therefore a recovery center funded by the cannabis industry at Sierra Nevada could serve the population with educational programs and recovery services, again for all kinds of addiction problems.
    Remember that drug abuse is a medical problem that has become an out-of-control law enforcement problem.
    We need to find a way to give our responders a break.
    I would further suggest that a prosperous SNHF could create a treatment facility for children who are dealing with the addiction problems of their parents and deter some of them from seeking dangerous methods of relief as adults.
    It’s a tall order and it’s going to take some tall leaders to fill, but it is an entirely possible vision.

  5. Steve Willer says:

    Do those local businesses who asked Dan that question, what do they expect? Do they expect to see a donation from something like “Mike’s Medical Cannabis Farm” on a donation, like it is from a HVAC company or winery? How do those business people know that some donations aren’t from growers who just donate as a regular citizen?
    I’ve come to know a few growers during the years I’ve been around here, they seem to keep a low profile among the general public, for both legal reasons and fear of rippers. It just doesn’t seem to be the type of business you want to attract attention to. At least that is my impression.

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