Tuesday, May 01, 2007

San Dimas Temporary Medi-juana Ban Rules?

San Dimas joined the ranks of other San Gabriel Valley cities last week and placed a temporary ban on medical marijuana dispensaries. --Allison Hewitt, SGVT

No surprise there. Given the ludicrous way in which the law currently works, as we've pointed out before, no city in their right mind is going to allow such joints to open. One wonders if this too is part of some bizarre behind-the-scenes soap opera, as in Claremont, where two friends in the marijuana biz are literally crying over their lost friendship even as they both claim, in not so many words, that the other is a greedy drug dealer. (See Will Bigham's in-depth DB article.)

Anyhow, go here for the video of the San Dimas city council meeting on the matter, starting at about 31 minutes and 50 seconds into the video:


Also, I've gotten a few emails and seen the many articles concerning the sad saga of over-officious government regulation (and perhaps a touch of malice) which led to the close of the San Dimas Wine Shop and Tasting Room. I promise I'll get around to posting something soon.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

According to Wikipedia, Mayor Yao supports Medical Marijuana!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claremont%2C_California

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, that didn't work out as well as I had hoped.

Here is the quote from Mayor Yao.

"As a council candidate, I do know that marijuana is effective drug for medical patients who need them. They should be made available to these patients."

Publius said...

Yes, but it is a far cry from that quote to thinking that medical marijuana under current law is a good idea for one's own town.

In other words, everyone knows that "medical" marijuana is pretty much a joke right now, as just about anyone can figure out how to get it.

But it is an interesting quote from Yao's campaign...

Anonymous said...

Just like it isn't very hard to figure out how to get a bottle of Valium or Vicodin frm an HMO. And that's a well documented fact.
The only difference is Medical Marijuana is impossible to overdose on.
12 million Americans used pharmaceutical drugs recreationally last year. According to the Science Daily website, "Prescription Pain Killers Are Involved In More Drug Overdose Deaths Than Either Cocaine Or Heroin In U.S."
Is Claremont planning on closing down all it's pharmacies as well?

Publius said...

Great idea!

Let's let scientists figure out how to find the pain-killing properties of Marijuana without its harmful side-effects, putting the result in pill form just like we do with other pain killers like opiates, and then regulate their use, just like with other drugs...

Oh. Wait. You can already get THC, the active pain killing ingredient in marijuana, in pill form. Scientists are already working on this sort of research. And the results aren't all that, but I fully support such research.

But for SOME REASON, many people want massive amounts of the happy medicine you can smoke with virtually no restrictions...just find a doctor who'll sign off...go figure.

You'll disagree, but others might like to read this post for more info.

And sure, you can't "OD," anymore than you can "OD" on smoking cigs, but it ain't like smoking massive amounts of weed isn't going to have any negative effects. Like, say, paranoia, never mind some damaging of the old frontal lobe.

I have no problem with treating Marijuana as we do the opiates from which we derive pain killers. But the problem here is that most people for marijuana as medicine think its some kind of super drug, that they want to treat differently than every other over the counter drug.

To say that other things are dangerous too isn't a very convincing argument for your position.

Anonymous said...

The fact that you call it "happy medicine" shows that you are completely biased in this matter, and are unable to carry on an intelligent debate about Medical Marijuana.
The government has done a wonderful job in training you, and are to be congratulated. You parrot very, very well.

Anonymous said...

Rather than listening to us try to disprove each others reasons, I might suggest your readers search out their own information about Medical Marijuana.
Also, instead of talking down to people to make your point, and it does seem you have a penchant to do so, try talking to people.

Publius said...

Fair enough--readers should search out their own info.

I may come off as if I'm talking down to people (even tho I'm not intending to) because I've gotten so sick of the issue, largely through talking to people over the years. Anyhow, Cheers.

Centinel said...

I must say I'm skeptical of many of the claims made by the medical marijuana advocates. But that is, in part, because I think the argument is more than a little ridiculous.

What folks really ought to push for is a straightforward legalization of marijuana. Don't get me wrong, I don't partake nor do I recommend others do so. However, my opposition to marijuana use is a Misesian argument: it should be legal and other cultural institutions should be convincing people it's not a good idea to use it.

Of course, the practical argument is indisputable. With non-violent marijuana users packing our jails and the hardcore drug trade flourishing (thanks in no small part to the fact that it's much easier to smuggle a million dollars worth of cocaine into the country than a similar amount in marijuana), it's apparent that the current War on Drugs is a joke that is having disastrous unintended consequences.

That little rant aside, the medical marijuana issue should also be moot simply because of states' rights. No matter which way I turn it, the medical issue is really secondary to the much larger problems of a federal government overreaching its limits and the terribly harmful and nonsensical War on Drugs.

Anonymous said...

The one aspect of the struggle for Medical Marijuana I personally find amazing and painful, is that non-medical professionals can tell a Marijuana Patient that Medical Marijuana doesn't work, or that there is already a pharmaceutical product that works.
Do they think that one day a terminal patient, a chronic pain patient, somebody with MS, a cancer patient, just woke up one day, thought to him or herself, you know, I'm going to waste time I don't have left, energy I don't have, endure pain I can't endure much more of, risk my home and prison time, because, well, gosh darn it, I want to get high?
There is no logic to this point of view.
If there was something better, we would be using it. Don't you think we would rather be taking 2 pills a day at the cost of $10.00 a bottle at our HMO?
Yes, there are people that take advantage of the situation. Isn't there always a few jerks always taking advantage of a situation for personal gains?
Why punish us for other peoples acts, or arguments that have no worth?

Anonymous said...

This Tuesday, the Claremont City Council plans on making a wacky kind of move. They will not be making any ruling on Medical Marijuana. Instead, they will be introducing an ordinance regarding the prohibition of businesses that contravene state and/or federal law. Way to go Mayor Yao!

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