Skip to comments.Local Medical Marijuana Advocates Lament Los Angeles Decision (banning dispensaries)
Posted on 07/26/2012 5:26:05 AM PDT by dennisw
Los Angeles has become the latest big city in California to ban medical marijuana dispensaries. Now concern is mounting that those who need medical cannabis to treat legitimate ailments will be forced back to the black market and the danger that goes with it.
Medical marijuana advocates on the Central Coast are warning of the law of unintended consequences in the ongoing crackdown of dispensaries in California.
They say the proposed benefit law enforcement is advocating in shutting down the pot shops will ultimately do more harm than good to our communities.
At the Santa Barbara offices of Canamed, which evaluates patients with a variety of ailments and prescribes medical marijuana as part of a treatment, the decision by the L.A. City Council to ban pot dispensaries is being called troubling.
Now that the L.A. City Council has voted to shut dispensaries within its city limits, concerned medical practitioners like Dr. Bernard Smyle say his patients will have to resort to the more dangerous black market.
"Unfortunately driving the whole trade underground", Dr. Smyle says, "making patients with legitimate needs seeking potentially unsavory sources to get treatment that really helps them."
I'm told all of the medical marijuana dispensaries in Santa Barbara were closed earlier this year under threat of federal property forfeiture laws related to illegal marijuana search and seizures.
With more and more dispensaries closing, Central Coast News has learned there are several well known and popular delivery services that link local medical marijuana patients with dispensaries either in the L.A.-area or elsewhere that operate legally with little or no additional fee.
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OH NO! People in Los Angeles won’t be able to get Marijuana anymore!
Ever see this guy with pigtails on TV??..... all the time. He is a medical marijuana advocate plus owns a dispensary I think. Laughing all the way to the bank
Why is this news? If not already done, just extract the active ingredient in the weed, and take the pills. That would be much safer than ingesting and exposing to others all of the tars and carcinogens in the smoke.
Why do the legislators pushing for "medical marijuana" not know this?
Re-legalize drugs. Return our liberties to our bodies back to us. Drug prohibition is the ultimate in totalitarianism, as the rulers claim sovereignty over our brain waves, bloodstream and moods.
Drug prohibition is just another liberal, utopian, failed project. It's just been around so long that conservatives feel (not think) they must defend it.
Don’t use it myself. But a lot of jobs down the tubes. And unemployment spiked by, “What was your last job?” Rents on storefronts gone. Just what LA needs.
And all this because marijuana growth is too difficault for the government to control. Come on, folks. These are democrats we’re talking about.
“Drug prohibition is the ultimate in totalitarianism, as the rulers claim sovereignty over our brain waves, bloodstream and moods. “
That’s cause your screwed up brain waves, bloodstreams and moods make you very likely to indulge in anti-social behavior. And I don’t mean “being rude.” I mean once you have made yourself irrational, paranoid, aggressive, stupid, and/or comatose - you are way, way more likely to harm me and mine.
Yes, I know, once you harm me, then in the Libertarian utopia, you can be charged! So comforting, after I’m dead, raped, or robbed.
Pills are slow-onset, so it's difficult to adjust the dose to the minimum required at the time (aka titration), and are hard for nausea patients to keep down.
That would be much safer than ingesting and exposing to others all of the tars and carcinogens in the smoke.
Using a vaporizer would avoid the harms due to smoke.
Aren't these matters that should be decided by a doctor and patient, and not by the government?
Yes, I know, once you harm me, then in the Libertarian utopia, you can be charged! So comforting, after Im dead, raped, or robbed.
So you advocate a return to Prohibition of the irrational-aggressive-and-stupid-making drug alcohol, right?
“So you advocate a return to Prohibition of the irrational-aggressive-and-stupid-making drug alcohol, right?”
Oh yes, that’s a logical leap.
Prohibition made ALL alcohol consumption illegal (except sacramental, I think).
I oppose legal GETTING HIGH. Because you don’t have a right to mess up your head and then wander around with sober people, being crazy, irrational, aggressive, with your inhibitions lowered and your avarice artificially increased. If you were alone on an island? I wouldn’t care. But you aren’t.
Drink if you like. Don’t get drunk. There are laws against public drunkenness. I support them.
And current drug laws make ALL consumption of banned drugs illegal. Do you support that? If so, why would you oppose a return to Prohibition?
I oppose legal GETTING HIGH. [...]
Drink if you like. Dont get drunk. There are laws against public drunkenness. I support them.
So do I. Should private drunkenness remain legal? If so, why not private high-ness?
“And current drug laws make ALL consumption of banned drugs illegal. Do you support that?”
Yes, I do. You don’t have a right to make yourself nuts, whether a little nuts or a lot nuts.
Private consumption can theoretically work, but there you are again, trusting someone who has screwed up their brain to keep some sort of rules.
Keep in mind, that alcohol is THE drug associated with THE most violent, reckless and criminal behavior.
Also, I don't care why people cause violence etc., that's already against the law. So, bust them for their illegal actions. I oppose prior restraint, as does our Constitution.
I await your response with tingles down my leg.
So, then, you are also against stupid people, people with lower IQ scores, etc. and subscribe to Eugenics?
The problem the prohibitionists create, is that once you put the government in charge of individual behavior, where is liberty? By persevero’s criteria, I’d like to know, what could NOT be banned?
They can buy it on the streets like they used to. Isn't that a much better scenario? /sarc
So let's drop this charade and remove marijuana from the Class 1 list of substances (or whatever it is) and let the people who want to use it do so legally, all the while bring tax revenue into cities that approve of it.
The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.
“The MM movement is a ruse to make pot available to anyone who wants to buy it. “
I certainly agree with you there, the “pot clubs” are a joke and they are not what the citizens voted for.