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City officials condemn Prop 64 in Compton, Lynwood

Policymakers from Compton, Lynwood, Compton School District condemn Prop 64; ‘Drugs have done enough damage’ COMPTON — Calling it a threat to public safety, a group of southeast area elected officials and community leaders came together in

Policymakers from Compton, Lynwood, Compton School District condemn Prop 64; ‘Drugs have done enough damage’

COMPTON — Calling it a threat to public safety, a group of southeast area elected officials and community leaders came together in solidarity to condemn Prop 64, the marijuana legalization initiative, Tuesday at a news conference in Compton.

The effort was spearheaded by Smart Approaches to Marijuana, known as SAM Action, a national group co-founded by former Massachusetts Congressman Patrick Kennedy.

Policymakers from Compton and Lynwood, the Compton Unified School District (CUSD), and others lined up to condemn the measure saying drugs have already done enough damage to their respective communities.

“Drugs are already a problem in our community,” said Satra Zurita, president of the CUSD Board of Trustees. “Prop 64 can only make that worse. We are engineering a significant turnaround in the Compton School District and quite frankly legalized marijuana could impede our progress.”

“Those dispensaries are nothing more than modern-day dope houses,” said Janna Zurita, who represents the 1st District on the Compton City Council.

“If everybody is high, nobody is work-ready. We need to make sure that our youth [are] ready to apply to well-paid jobs, but the first step in any application is to pass a drug test.”

Tana McCoy, who represents the 3rd District in Compton, said enforcement of laws and regulations regarding the marijuana dispensaries is what concerns her the most.

“(Prop) 64 will not limit children’s access to drugs. We already have kids having access to illegal contraband in the first place but this proposition will open infinite possibilities for kids to buy marijuana.”

According to Satra Zurita from Compton Unified, there are as many as 21 dispensaries open for business in the Compton area, some within 600 feet of schools. The District has demanded the city enforce regulations to keep the dispensaries far from schools but in the last several months more dispensaries have opened.

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2 COMMENTS
  • John Thomas October 30, 2016

    This is nothing but a prohibition propaganda stunt. As the article states,

    >>>”The effort was spearheaded by Smart Approaches to Marijuana, known as SAM.”

    This is the prohibition propaganda group that is secretly funded (probably by the pharmaceutical industry) and run by ex Drug Czar employee Kevin Sabet.

    The fact is, polls show most Coloradans are happy with marijuana legalization. – It has reduced crime, not raised teen use, brought huge new tax revenues and increased property values.

    The corrupt prohibitionists are, understandably, desperate to stop marijuana legalization. This election will be their Waterloo. – It’s clear Sabet did this so he can say Colorado regrets their legalization with all the “problems” they are having.

    We’ll be seeing more publicity stunts like this for the next nine days.

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