Banning marijuana in Compton
No mandate by the people of Compton seeking proliferation of marijuana business within city limits BY CYNTHIA MACON and SUSAN ADAMS Surrounding cities to Compton are earnestly decreeing a ban on marijuana, while greedy factions in Compton,
No mandate by the people of Compton seeking proliferation of marijuana business within city limits
BY CYNTHIA MACON and SUSAN ADAMS
Surrounding cities to Compton are earnestly decreeing a ban on marijuana, while greedy factions in Compton, with little concern for the present rising level of crime or our city’s bloody history and notoriety due to drugs, seek to instead profit and make their fortunes.
There has been no mandate from the people of Compton seeking proliferation of the marijuana business within city boundaries. In truth, a desire to close existing businesses has been the public sentiment. But politicians who urge “progress and change” and inundate citizens with admonishments to reduce murder, crime, stop prostitution and human trafficking, increase law enforcement presence, and save our children, appear to have lost their political bearing.
Their integrity, social consciousness, and community trust seem to have fallen by the wayside as the cross is being set down for the all-mighty dollar sign. The “trickle-up-to-me” theory disguised and re-marketed as the “trickle-down-to-you” theory.
The Cerritos city council voted a complete ban, 5-0; Torrance council, 7-0; and only last week, the Carson council in an emergency vote placed the question on their November ballot for residents to determine. Meanwhile, in Compton, factions are maneuvering surreptitiously, out of the view of the public to embrace the marijuana industry.
One prominent politician allegedly in conjunction with her husband is rumored to be hosting private meetings with some of the elite of Compton — businesses, non-profits, and even churches — recruiting and selling them on establishing marijuana as a mainstay business in Compton, and the glory of reaping revenue and taxes. If this idea is so credible, why are so many other thriving cities across California not rushing to get in on the ground floor? At last count, nearly 60-70 percent of California’s 482 cities were trending towards a complete ban, saying “no” to the phantom glory of increased benefits and taxes.
Nearly the entire South Bay— comprised of bedroom and beach communities — and their city councils are supporting bans to protect against the incursion of crime and malaise of marijuana.
Stake your claim on which city councils and their analysis versus Compton have it right. If Compton fails to act accordingly, it could become a “go to” city for marijuana, veering off course from progress and change.
Only in Compton will those representatives that “stand for nothing, fall for everything.” This is the perfect analogy to describe our City Council if it allows this travesty to occur. If Compton can show no political backbone or will, it will be walked over and used by powerful and forceful proponents of the marijuana industry seeking fortune who see the city as “for sale” and easily manipulated. Fertile ground for corruption.
The marijuana industry needs and seek a place to grow, cultivate, sell, manufacture, distribute, test, and mobilize. Inadequate enforcement of Compton’s existing ordinances banning medical marijuana dispensaries has already only led to more illegal activity. Compton is inadequate at handing out parking tickets, so who will effectively monitor the drug industry?
The City of Long Beach found out enforcement will cost five million, while tax revenue will only bring in three million. Compton would be wide open and Compton land will be worth more with you “not” on it, another salacious assault on dismantling this community for its land. Richland “Farms” and the “Drug Hub” will take on new meaning. Progress and change will be defined by setting the clock backward to a time when drugs once ruled the Compton. How ironic in 2016 with the call out for progress and change.
“Banning Marijuana in Compton” will be published in three parts. Part TwoMarijuana will focus on steps for the community to follow to assure a complete ban of the marijuana business in the City of Compton.
Cynthia Macon and Susan Adams are self-described Daughters of Compton.