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West Hollywood Wants to Legalize Pot Use
Los Angeles Times ^ | June 20, 2006 | Ashraf Khalil and Arin Gencer

Posted on 06/20/2006 7:26:13 AM PDT by CrawDaddyCA

First West Hollywood officials required that pet owners be known as "pet guardians." Then they banned cat declawing and even considered outlawing pet cosmetic surgery.

On Monday, the Westside town famous for its novelmunicipal lawmaking took a stab at legalizing the recreational use of small amounts of marijuana.

But achieving that goal might prove difficult.

The City Council approved a resolution that urges the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to make marijuana-related offenses a "low priority" that deputies should largely ignore.

In doing so, it became the first city in Southern California to request that its law enforcement agency look the other way at recreational pot use and target only the sale of marijuana.

The vote was taken despite concerns from some residents and top aides of Sheriff Lee Baca, who had urged the council to delay the vote.

Councilman John Duran proposed the resolution, saying that deputies have more important things to worry about than arresting people with small amounts of pot. Instead, he said, deputies could focus on more destructive drugs like crystal methamphetamine.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: California
KEYWORDS: drugskilledbelushi; govwatch; leroyknowscrawdaddy; marijuana; pot; potheads; wod; wodlist
Councilman John Duran proposed the resolution, saying that deputies have more important things to worry about than arresting people with small amounts of pot.

I completely agree.

1 posted on 06/20/2006 7:26:14 AM PDT by CrawDaddyCA
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To: CrawDaddyCA

West Hollywood . . . . . . . . . . . gee, this is such a . . . . shock.


2 posted on 06/20/2006 7:30:14 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: CrawDaddyCA
Seems to me that if a city can tell it's police department not to bust people for immigration violations, they can tell them not to bust people for simple possession of pot.

No law enforcement department can do everything. They have limited resources and have to set priorities. That's why a noise complaint is going to be passed over if there's a homicide to work on. The subject at hand may be controversial, but otherwise this is the kind of decision made at all levels of law enforcement every day, from the President down to the cop on the beat.

3 posted on 06/20/2006 7:32:08 AM PDT by RonF
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To: DustyMoment

WH is a weird, weird place....long ago, the L.A. Times stopped publishing photos of their Halloween antics.


4 posted on 06/20/2006 7:35:05 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Meep Meep)
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To: ErnBatavia

Hey moderator - I had this early this morning and you put into general chat...


5 posted on 06/20/2006 7:39:37 AM PDT by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: CrawDaddyCA
California Earthquake....Cass Elliot.

So that maybe that may be What's gonna happens gonna happen to me They tell me the faultline runs right through here

Atlantis will rise, Sunset Boulevard will fall Where the beach used to be won't be nothing at all That's the way it appears They tell me the faultline runs right through here

So that maybe that may be What's gonna happen's gonna happen to me They tell me the faultline runs right through here

it would be a wish come true

6 posted on 06/20/2006 7:40:06 AM PDT by Vaquero ("An armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: CrawDaddyCA

Hey I am all for that--even though I don't use pot, or want to use pot. I'd rather see it happen on the state level. In fact, I would like to see a more sensible drug policy all around. Take the money out of the drug business, make more room in the jails for real criminals instead of low level possessors...etc. Their is a lot written about this in CATO Institute's website www.cato.org which I find very ineresting. Many on the right; STRESS MANY NOT ALL lose their sense of logic when it comes to discussing drugs--they tend to prefer the hardass approach (which really isn't working) and I wonder what ever happened to their desire for less government interference in the lives of the average person.


7 posted on 06/20/2006 7:49:07 AM PDT by brooklyn dave (Zarqawi get 72 toothless, bowlegged, crosseyed, bald headed, flat butted, saggy breasted virgins)
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To: CrawDaddyCA

I always knew hollywierd was wierd, now they just want to make it the truth .Look at the actors with the drug induced statements they make. The only thing they would do with this law is make it true.


8 posted on 06/20/2006 7:52:58 AM PDT by betsyross1776
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To: Vaquero

You would actually wish an earthquake on them?


9 posted on 06/20/2006 7:54:09 AM PDT by highball (Proud to announce the birth of little Highball, Junior - Feb. 7, 2006!)
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To: RonF
No law enforcement department can do everything. They have limited resources and have to set priorities. That's why a noise complaint is going to be passed over if there's a homicide to work on. The subject at hand may be controversial, but otherwise this is the kind of decision made at all levels of law enforcement every day, from the President down to the cop on the beat.

I'll bet that most cops in WH are already looking the other way when it comes to simple pot possession for the reasons that you stated.
10 posted on 06/20/2006 7:59:57 AM PDT by Ticonderoga34
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West Hollywood officials required that pet owners be known as "pet guardians."

You have to be kidding me. What kind of "everybody is happy" buul is that?
11 posted on 06/20/2006 8:09:17 AM PDT by edgrimly78
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To: CrawDaddyCA
"to make marijuana-related offenses a "low priority" that deputies should largely ignore."

Sounds more to me like "no priority" than "low priority".

Then again, expecting marijuana advocates to actually tell the truth about something is asking a lot.

12 posted on 07/27/2006 7:20:56 AM PDT by robertpaulsen
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