The Cannabis Dilemma. I read with great interest the pro and con arguments posed by Prapanna Smith and Bill McManus with respect to cannabis growing in Calaveras County. It is indeed a dilemma which if unsolved, will lead to further deterioration in Calaveras County’s growth and livability. On the pro side, there is much to be said about allowing growth to continue. The main benefit is the improvement of tax income to Calaveras County which is sorely needed. However, as Mr. McManus points out, there are some serious issues: Environmental, livability and legal. Those issues should be heeded.It seems to me there is a middle ground: effective regulation. Effective regulation should rest on sound principles that have been found to work in other grow areas in California, e.g., Humboldt and Mendocino counties. We should tailor what has worked in other counties to ours so that we can develop an effective solution. If we ban the cannabis growth altogether, we will lack the funds to hire additional sheriff officers to patrol and weed out (pun intended) illegal grows that contribute to the issues raised by Mr. McManus. These additional tax revenues will not only allow us to increase the number of patrolmen hired by the Sheriff, but increase the general fund that will allow Calaveras County to grow in such a manner that its livability is increased as well. Let’s not throw out the baby with the bathwater. Only the bathwater needs to be drained. Effective regulation will provide a solution to the issues raised by Mr. McManus, which should be heeded.