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Dirty Marijuana Politics In Santa Monica: Letter To The Editor

Posted Sep. 24, 2012, 5:38 am

Letter To The Editor

Dear Editor,

I learned Friday that Santa Monica intends to enact an ordinance to ban outright medical marijuana (MMJ) dispensaries. The dirty, backroom politics involved here are boldfaced and shameful.

For a City that purports to uphold the rights of MMJ patients, the hypocrisy here is stunning. Recently, the City Council dropped a proposal to ban smoking within apartments for its supposed concern for patients. On the other hand, the City is fighting tooth-and-nail to squash a MMJ health and safety testing lab within the City. This is all within a City where a "Lowest Law Enforcement Priority Policy" relative to recreational marijuana use has been enacted; though only by a ballot measure by the residents themselves. Santa Monicans had to go over City Hall's head to enact that measure.

Worse, since the legalization of MMJ in California, City Hall has claimed that it has no ban on dispensaries. As recently as a couple of months ago, it testified so in its fight with the testing lab. Now, suddenly, the City now aims to ban dispensaries. Apparently, City Hall is fine with recreational pot smoking, but loathes a patient's right to test their medication or to get it locally.

On October 2 when the dispensary ban proposal is heard at the Council meeting all Santa Monicans should be watching. Then, come November, the hypocrites should be given the boot!

A concerned resident of Santa Monica,

Fiona Gonsier

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Sep. 24, 2012, 1:36:54 pm

Manny Angelo said...

What is truly amazing, based on the comments on this article, is that there are still folks in SAMO who believe that our local government actually gives a sh*t about what the citizenry thinks!

Sep. 24, 2012, 1:51:54 pm

Anon O'Moose said...

I'd have no problem with a dispensary next door. I don't smoke, but I know many cancer patients it has helped. The drugs doled out by the pharmaceutical companies often have side effects worse than the disease, or they don't work. Patients should not have to feel like they are criminals. And just wait until the big pharma companies get the ok for marijuana...it will be sold over the counter at Rite Aid.

Sep. 24, 2012, 5:52:49 am

SM Citizen said...

It's in the best interest of the City of Santa Monica and its residents that marijuana be kept away. Possession and use are still illegal under federal law and MMJ is often a thinly-veiled front for pot dealing

Sep. 24, 2012, 8:37:10 am

Keep Santa Monica safe said...

Would you like a pot 'dispensary' next to your apartment or house? I thought not.

Sep. 24, 2012, 8:42:00 am

Already safe in SM said...

I would much rather have a dispensary next door than another corporate eatery or lame, expensive boutique. Anyway, the original letter's point still stands: SM city council is subverting the will of the voters!

Sep. 24, 2012, 1:55:57 pm

Next Gen said...

Perhaps I've been too niaeve. I thought Santa Monica was a liberal, progressive city that HONORED the idea of democracy and the public vote. Wow. Are they really trying to subvert the voters through bureaucracy and red tape? To all you self-righteous folks out there ready to dole out judgment on folks who use medical marijuana...it's all find and good to wave your morality around....until YOU are the one who needs the medical marijuana. *For the record--I don't use it, but those who need it should certainly have access to it...especially of the voters approved it.

Sep. 24, 2012, 2:34:23 pm

It failed in LA said...

The city of LA allowed in dispensaries, and it turned into a disaster of organized crime and rampant dealing of recreational drugs to healthy teenagers; LA has been trying to shut them down ever since. Now they are being chased out of LA they are trying to sneak dispensaries in here. It failed in LA and that should be all you need to know.

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