Gullixson: Do we really want Santa Rosa to become the mecca for marijuana?

The Press Democrat
By Paul Gullixson

I don’t mean to be rude. But who in the world made the decision that Santa Rosa wanted to become the new Amsterdam?

Even Amsterdam doesn’t even want to be Amsterdam — or at least the Amsterdam perceived by hordes of party-minded tourists. Contrary to popular belief, the Dutch never legalized marijuana. They’ve just basically tolerated it for years and only for possession of small amounts (5 grams or less) sold in official “cannabis cafes.” But the government in recent years has been tightening the rules for these cafes, forcing many to shut down. And forget about growing it. It’s illegal. You won’t go to prison but try to grow as few as five plants and you could end up facing heavy fines and eviction.

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