Speech to Text for Josephine County Citizens Divided by Marijuana Ordinance
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"watching out for you, thiphine county are passionately divided about a proposed marijuana ordinance and today, they're making their voices heard." "we've put our heart and soul into our property. it's a gorgeous place. but it's lost everything, almost everything it meant to us just through the stress of having to deal with all that's around us." charn-lynn is making her voice heard at today's land use public hearing. she explains how much her family farm has been impacted by grows that now surround it. she says rural residential areas need to be saved. but others like dan loughran see the issue very differently. "i'm a small rural residential farmer. i have a lavender farm. if it is in my daughter's names, they may want to change a crop. they may not want to grow lavender. they may want some day to grow cannabis. but to be banned from doing a single crop, it's prohibitionist in position." and his main complaint about the ordinance? ... "the set backs. 150 foot set backs. take that all the way around a rural residential 5 acre piece of property, that's almost an acre off of each side of the property which is the set backs, that's huge." christopher hall predicts what the end result would be. "what this ordinance is going to do is that its going to keep them from being able to use their land as farmers for cannabis and there are going to be just a few dozen non conforming use, pre existing uses that will get that preference." so he's fighting. "as a hemp grower, i'm not growing cannabis. i am here for the people of josephine county, the illinois valley and in specific the families that have traditionally been able to make a modest and decent income fron cannabis." still, non-growers are caught in the crossfire. "we've lived there are entire lives. i was born and raised where i am now and me and my husband have been there for 45 years. i love where i live." "this change will continue to be debated for months to come, and will likely even end up in court. in josephine county, mike duffy, newswatch 12." there was