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LOCAL VOICES: What is the mayor’s stand on Compton’s ‘pot’ controversy?

In a 2013 interview with a national media voice, Mayor Aja Brown was clear on where she stood on marijuana; in 2016 she appears to have flip-flopped on the controversy LOCAL VOICES: “I recently read the

In a 2013 interview with a national media voice, Mayor Aja Brown was clear on where she stood on marijuana; in 2016 she appears to have flip-flopped on the controversy

LOCAL VOICES: “I recently read the article, “Dope business in Compton harbinger of bad things to come,” [Sept. 17, 2016]. Wow, the insight was spot on and touched on a very much ignored fact — where’s the mayor’s voice in all of this? This mayor who visits churches and promotes herself as one who has reshaped a city is noticeably absent when important issues require discussion.

“I don’t know if the mayor is a wolf in sheep clothing but it appears her actions are routinely far from what she proclaims. I applaud the Compton Herald for continuing to shed light on the downward plight of the city. I remain concerned as a citizen and Compton native.” — Shannon Stewart

(Editor’s Note: In a 2013 interview with HuffPost Live, host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani, asked Brown her thoughts concerning the legalization of marijuana in Compton, whether or not it would help ease the city’s economic woes. The following is the mayor’s response in December 2013):

“I am against marijuana legalization in the city of Compton. Our city attorney initiated an ordinance to prevent marijuana dispensaries within our community; the reason being, is that I truly believe that, uh, we have higher instances of minors being addicted to marijuana and the impact that has on their educational attainment and social lives, I think are too [detrimental], especially on a community like Compton. So, I’m pro-kids, and pro moving forward, and I believe that, sometimes, controlled substances can definitely prevent that… .”

While people have the right to change their minds — and that includes politicians — we don’t know where Mayor Brown clearly stands, though she can provide clarity by presenting her views in the Herald.

Still, she provided some insight at the Sept. 13, 2016 City Council / Marijuana Workshop. Brown called proponent after proponent to the public microphone to voice support for marijuana biz in Compton.

By the time the names of exponents were called to speak, the hour was far spent and many of those individuals had gone home.

The meeting spoke volumes about where the mayor stands on marijuana at this point in time.

 

 

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

1 COMMENT
  • Robert Ray September 19, 2016

    She is now advocating for ‘pot shops’ because her husband is now an investor in the business.

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