Medical Marijuana Booms to Alarm the Cities

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The Cannabis plant can is prepared in different ways is commonly termed to as Marijuana or Cannabis. Its purpose is for a psychoactive drug or for medicinal intentions. According to the United Nations, cannabis “is the most widely used illicit substance in the world.”

Three years ago, the Garden Grove released a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries. But later on, the city’s concentrated effort didn’t go the way what was originally planned. This is because of the reason that every one marijuana case cost $200,000 in attorney’s fees, leading to a very high cost of an expense. The issue now is whether the ban will be still pursued regardless of the problem being face. The Garden Grove amended its ban into a milder one, which is the registration to the city last summer. City Manager, Matt Fertal said “I believe its more shops per capita than any other city in California” due to the current 60 pot shops in Garden Grove selling products like Porn Star and Super Lemon Haze. “Everybody is just so frustrated with this,” Fertal added. Furthermore, “The state allows medical marijuana but doesn’t give clear direction on how cities and counties should regulate it. Federal law says it is illegal in all circumstances.”  Fertal argued to the dispensaries that some do not even hesitate to sue cities that regulate the use of medicinal marijuana. “They’ve got more money than everybody to throw at this, and they are just determined to sue on every matter…. We feel like we are caught in the middle.” He claimed.

“Cities are either wringing their hands about the fact that they are going broke trying to deal with marijuana or they are just stuck,” said Thomas Brown, an attorney at Burke Williams & Sorensen who has advised numerous cities on the issue. “It’s paralyzing a lot of cities.” The expensiveness of the said regulation is far from attaining with small cities like Garden Grove. Medical marijuana activists say that they are fighting on behalf of patients who need the drug to cope with pain and other ailments.”People who want to suppress it are going to be victims of litigation,” said Kris Hermes, spokesman for Americans for Safe Access. “There are patients in these communities that fight back.”

In Lake Forest, down the road from Garden Grove in Lake Forest, officials saw an arrival of dispensaries, including several within 600 feet of a Montessori school. In desperation, officials this spring appealed to the federal government, writing U.S. Atty. Andre Birotte Jr. to ask for aid in combatting store-front marijuana dispensaries in Lake Forest.

Gilroy City Councilman, Perry Woodward calls what happened in his city, which enacted a ban in 2009, a cautionary tale. He said “a group of local business people had been working with the city to open a dispensary, only to have the project go off the rails after community opposition. The dispensary opened anyway. The town sued and won, but not before City Hall racked up $200,000 in legal costs.”




  1. malcolm kyle says:

    An appeal to all Prohibitionists:

    Most of us are aware by now that individuals who use illegal drugs are going to get high, ‘no matter what.’ So why do you not prefer they acquire them in stores that check IDs and pay taxes? Gifting the market in narcotics to ruthless criminals, foreign terrorists and corrupt law enforcement officials is seriously compromising our future. If you remotely believe that people will one day quit using any of these ‘at present’ illegal drugs, then you are exhibiting a degree of naivety parallel only with those poor wretches who voluntarily drank the poisoned Kool-Aid in Jonestown.

    Even if you cannot stand the thought of people using drugs, there is absolutely nothing you, or any government, can do to stop them. We have spent 40 years and over a trillion dollars on this dangerous farce. Practically everybody is now aware that Prohibition will not suddenly and miraculously start showing different results. So why do you wish to continue with it? Do you actually think you may have something to lose If we were to start basing drug policy on science & logic instead of ignorance, hate and lies?

    Maybe you’re a police officer, a prison guard or a local politician. Possibly you’re scared of losing employment, overtime-pay, the many kick-backs and those regular fat bribes. But what good will any of that do you once our society has followed Mexico over the dystopian abyss of dismembered bodies, vats of acid and marauding thugs carrying gold-plated AK-47s with leopard-skinned gunstocks?

    Kindly allow us to forgo the next level of your sycophantic prohibition-engendered mayhem.

    Prohibition Prevents Regulation : Legalize, Regulate and Tax!

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