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LOCAL VOICES: No to all drugs in Compton, including marijuana!

All drugs are bad for Compton; the only solution is a drug-free city, not a return to the drug scourge of the 80s By CHRIS PETIT On Jan. 1, 2017 thousands of families across America will sit down

All drugs are bad for Compton; the only solution is a drug-free city, not a return to the drug scourge of the 80s

By CHRIS PETIT

On Jan. 1, 2017 thousands of families across America will sit down for a traditional New Year’s dinner. I can imagine that the table will offer a pork roast, black-eyed peas, and collard greens, each representing the hope of what the new year will bring, namely prosperitY.

But alas another dish will inevitably show up. The infamous chitterlings, aka chitlins.  For the uninitiated, chitlins are the small intestines of a hog. It is a very polarizing dish. In other words, you either love them or hate them. I don’t have a problem with people who eat chitlins. But I will not allow you to prepare, clean or cook them in my house.

4e42b78de9bf8The reason for my moratorium on chitlins is simple. They smell! And if you have ever prepared them in your house you would know that they leave a putrid stench that is hard to get rid of. The smell gets into the air, the carpet, and every other fabric. It takes days to get rid of, at best. Chitlins? Not in my house!

Think of Compton. A community that has been historically decimated by “crack” cocaine, alcohol, and a variety of other drugs. Compton leaders now appear to want to allow some sort of marijuana business in the city. If they are against it, they haven’t been very strong in their objections.

But more to the point, Compton has experienced the same kind of  “bad odor.”  Crack, alcohol, and an outsized reputation for murder has left a stench inside of our city that has proven hard to get rid of. We’ve lost generations of children, marriages have dissolved, homes and lives have been ruined behind all of these things; one of which is considered a “harmless” drug.

In a city like Compton, we don’t have the luxury of making a distinction between good drugs and bad drugs. We’re dealing with the stench we have and we are following our noses… all drugs are bad for Compton. The only solution is a drug- free Compton.

Let the sales and cultivation take place in [another city]. It’s not ideal, but ultimately something beyond our control. When it comes to marijuana businesses of any type; Compton stands up and says — “Not In My House!”

Chris Petit is a Compton homeowner.

 

 

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5 COMMENTS
  • Tomas Carlos November 16, 2016

    Compton is a Charter City. Compton can decide NOT to allow the sell of weed in any form, including hemp drinks that are already sold in several gas stations in the city.

  • galaxycontrol November 16, 2016

    Chris Petit, The state of California has spoken and WE voted yes on legalization. You should be more concerned with liquor stores that are the true nuisance in the city of Compton. I’m sure you enjoy the smell of liquor and urine over the smell of a plant correct ? What’s next, banning different flower types because you dislike the smell ? I say YES to dispensaries in the city. The city just needs to limit them.

  • galaxycontrol November 16, 2016

    Are these idiots running Compton really comparing CRACK to MJ ? The DRUG epidemic was never about MJ it was about CRACK COCAINE ! It’s time to clean house i n Comton and do away with all these old timers that still believe in reefer madness. The city would make so much money on taxing the dispensaries they’d allowed to open in the area. That money could go to fund activities for youths such as a sports complex which Comton does not have. We need to vote on this in Compton and not be told by politicians what we can and can’t consume. Last i checked this is a FREE country and the state has spoken as WE voted YES on MJ legalization. Get rid of liquor stores instead. They are the true disgrace of the city.

  • Robert Ray November 16, 2016

    I agree with Mr. Petit on both chitlins and marijuana. Last night the entire city council did vote to extend a moratorium on marijuana in Compton, but tonight, thanks to the mayor’s invitation, there will be a “townhall” at Dollarhide to ‘discuss’ marijuana, but I am guessing it will be a presentation trying to push the marijuana business. I hope it will be a full house of folks who will also say “not in my house”.

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