LOCAL VOICES: Council, don’t sellout Compton regarding medical marijuana
Given the city’s violent history, the question of medical marijuana dispensaries is sheer lunacy; should be a no-brainer for the City Council By CYNTHIA MACON and SUSAN ADAMS The City has scheduled a workshop on Sept. 13
Given the city’s violent history, the question of medical marijuana dispensaries is sheer lunacy; should be a no-brainer for the City Council
By CYNTHIA MACON and SUSAN ADAMS
The City has scheduled a workshop on Sept. 13 to discuss the impact of the November 2016 statewide Marijuana Adult Use Initiative on Compton; in question: hemp dispensaries.
Ah, the Compton City Council and the simple request. It is always the opening prelude to a Compton tragedy and Mayor Brown’s sleight-of-hand. Banning marijuana is a priority that merits the rapt attention and input of the local citizenry. No funny business. With Compton’s history of violence steeped in and ravaged by illicit drugs, this should be a no-brainer for the council.
Compton’s closest neighbors have said ‘No!’
So far, 241 cities and counties have either approved some type of cannabis business ban or have one pending according to Marijuana Business Times. An even earlier report stated: “Twenty of the state’s 58 counties and 221 of its 482 municipalities adopted bans leading some locals to dub the trend “Banapalooza.” Local cities that have banned marijuana include Long Beach, Cerritos, Gardena, Lakewood, Manhattan Beach, Norwalk, Palos Verdes, Pomona, Whittier, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Torrance, Thousand Oaks, Burbank, Newport Beach, and Brown’s own hometown of Pasadena.
Proponents, even those sitting on the dais, 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.
Would be like mixing gasoline with fire
All wonderful, but as your mother once told you — all money is not good money. Compton had better watch who pushes this and who’s in line to profit by not enacting local regulations to completely ban marijuana. The city needs to move swiftly to protect itself from outside interests purchasing land here to cultivate, and/or drive the proliferation of smoke shops and medical dispensaries. Compton doesn’t need a steady parade of shady characters patronizing these “dope” facilities.
Every aspect should be completely and immediately banned as most other cities have already done. We want a total ban—now! The council, local pastors and their parishioners, and bible-spouting politicians should be at the forefront of a ban against marijuana dispensaries in Compton.
Now sit back and watch who argues otherwise.
Cynthia Macon and Susan Adams are members of the group, Daughters of Compton.