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.