I want to encourage the Napa County Board of Supervisors to reconsider their ordinance banning medical marijuana.

This ordinance is draconian and unacceptable. If this ordinance passes as is, I will referendum it. I want to remind you, I led a successful referendum in Vallejo last year.

I encourage you to replace it with an ordinance modeled after Marin County.

Look at the upcoming ballot measures. How many tax increases are coming up on the ballot? Who wants to see their property taxes or sales tax go up again? Not me. Quit kicking the can down the road. It's time we embrace this tremendous revenue source. Don’t miss this opportunity to tax and regulate medical marijuana.

A good ordinance will create millions of dollars in sales tax for our county, and a voter-approved excise tax would bring in even more. It will create productive, remunerative jobs. It will provide safe access, to all natural medicine, for the suffering patients in our community.

James Hinton

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Editor's note: Hinton is a candidate for supervisor in the 2nd District.

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