Granny Can't Grow Pot In South O.C. Community Garden
The senior-living community of Laguna Woods in South Orange County has been a must-stop location for Republicans raising money and running for office. It's a conservative enclave in a conservative part of a traditionally red county. But sprouts of green have been cropping up as some of its residents have embraced medical marijuana.
One in particular has been growing the kine stuff in a community garden. But no longer. The Orange County Register reports this week that Golden Rain Foundation Board, which controls the Woods' community gardens, banned the practice in a unanimous vote.
However -- and this is a big however -- residents can still cultivate personal sticky in their own home gardens and on balconies.
The foundation board thought that growing it out in the open in community gardens could attract a criminal element. The Orange County Sheriff's Department had said, for its part, that it would not target anyone with a doctor's note who was growing bud in the garden.
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"People think it brings the wrong kind of people," Lonnie Painter, the community garden's sole green thumb told the Register. The foundation "is convincing those people it's a matter of security and it's not."
Last year residents of the community -- average age 78 -- formed its first medical marijuana collective. Now that's a green state of mind.
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