Hub City Hemp: ‘Just Say, No’ to dope dispensaries
Compton will become Cannabis Alley and a dope smoker’s paradise if City follows through with marijuana dispensaries The City of Compton’s craving for marijuana dispensaries equates to an addict’s chronic, self-destructive need for a “drugged stupor.”
Compton will become Cannabis Alley and a dope smoker’s paradise if City follows through with marijuana dispensaries
The City of Compton’s craving for marijuana dispensaries equates to an addict’s chronic, self-destructive need for a “drugged stupor.” This is simply borne of bad judgment and reckless governance. Compton needs these dispensaries like a 30-year dope fiend needs a truckload of hemp.
Cities and municipalities adjoining and surrounding Compton — Carson, Long Beach, Cerritos, Gardena, Lakewood, Manhattan Beach, Norwalk, Torrance, and Palos Verdes, have all said “No” to marijuana dispensaries.
Additional cities like Pomona, Whittier, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Thousand Oaks, Burbank, Newport Beach, and Mayor Aja Brown’s own hometown of Pasadena — 241 cities and counties, in all, have either approved some type of cannabis ban or have one pending according to Marijuana Business Times.
So, then, why does Brown want to dump the dope in Compton? Why the one city with one of the highest rates for street mayhem in the nation wants to turn itself into a “Hub City Hemp” supermarket, defies good sense in my opinion. Universal cannabis dispensaries, here? What’s the real reason? Money? Greed?
A drug supermarket is exactly what Compton will become — a Weed Whistle Stop, Dope Dead-end, a Hemp Hamlet, just the kind of free enterprise to encourage more trouble and violence. Compton is the one city that can ill-afford to hang a shingle for dope.
We understand people with chronic illnesses and disease gain comfort from smoking marijuana for their pain and discomfort . But I’m afraid medical marijuana dispensaries and Compton will, in the long run, only make for a tragic, regrettable partnership.
It will give Compton’s nickname , “Hub,” new meaning — “Hub of Hemp.” Smokers from miles around will descend on Compton like a smoker’s emporium, the same way middle-class college students descend on South L.A. to “cop” their “crack” cocaine, and heroin in the din of night. This is not speculation — it’s a fact!
One exponent of the dispensaries wrote, proponents of hemp houses “even those sitting on the dais [at Compton City Council meetings], are only trying to buy time to finesse the public into some level of approval of marijuana versus a total ban. Expect Compton residents to be lured with stories of how citizens are being deprived of participation in the industry, how much money and taxes could be made locally, how reformed drug felons in the industry now need jobs, and how those with an actual real medical necessity will be deprived.”
The city would be making a deal with the devil. Compton doesn’t need tainted money. It would be like mixing gasoline with C4 explosive with an extended fuse. An explosion might not occur right away — but an explosion is coming.
Let us not forget that the smoking age has been raised from 18 to 21. Non-compliant teens will become even larger targets of racial profiling and subject to fines or jail. We all know marijuana is a popular recreational drug among the young set. Medical marijuana dispensaries won’t only be dispensing to the medically needy, but will spur a “cottage industry” of phony Compassionate Use Cards rendered by untrustworthy, non-reputable clinics. The cost of the card for new patients is $59; renewals are only $45. The only official documents needed in California to obtain a card is a California driver’s license or a California ID — too easy for corruptive influences, who also would be permitted to grow and cultivate marijuana. Prior medical documentation to qualify is not needed.
The council, local churches, law enforcement, and residents should come together as a coalition to decry medical marijuana dispensaries. Pastors should lead the way to ban dispensaries as a moral imperative. These enterprises in Compton are plain and simply a bad idea, regardless of the potential tax base. No amount of money is worth the loss of even one life to violence, which would curse the city to an even greater degree. There has already been one fatality in Compton associated with these dispensaries.
Two-hundred forty-one cities have officially said “No!” If Compton proceeds with this very obvious harbinger of evil to come, our elective leadership is in cahoots with denizens and are leading the city down a darkened path.
Am I stoking fear? Absolutely, if it will prevent further mayhem in Compton spare the loss of more lives.