Cannabis Ordinanance Up in Smoke

Note: The following is from an email press release
James Anthony – Treasurer Re-Start Vallejo
We are thankful to the 9,000 Vallejo voters who joined us in blocking the City Council’s unfair attempt at regulating medical cannabis dispensaries. We ask the City Council to please work with us, the tax-paying dispensaries, to come up with a fair system to ensure public quality of life and patient access, save 150 jobs, and maintain tax revenue. We are close to agreement on regulations, we just need to agree on a fair selection process. Tax-paying dispensaries should be recognized for their compliance.


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'Cannabis Ordinanance Up in Smoke' have 8 comments

  1. July 1, 2015 @ 10:28 am Anon

    This is confusing. The title “Cannabis Ordinance Up In Smoke” would make one believe the signature collection campaign is/was a huge success. However, the linked document indicates that only 500 (5%) of the 9000 collected signatures have been verified and 30% of those 500 do not qualify? What is the truth?


    • July 1, 2015 @ 11:20 am Bong Hit

      They took a sample size of 500 out of the 9000 and found 346 to be “good”. Then they extrapolate that percentage against the 9000 total signature number and arrive at a total “good” count sufficient to qualify the referendum.


  2. July 1, 2015 @ 12:55 pm wharf rat

    30% shows a very sloppy process , this whole thing has been sloppy from legislation to implementation to the politics , sloppy from the get go if I was a MMJ Patient I would be pissed, those I know do not purchase from local MMD’s for various reasons , one common to all is the lack of professionalism and confidentiality they have found . They continue to score the old fashioned way and state they ”get higher quality at a lower price” with complete confidentiality . All things considered including the Council recall effort of four sitting Council members , without consideration of the potential impacts My conclusion is that if a selection or qualification process were to be done properly to allow a given number of dispenceries in Vallejo then out of town experienced operators who know the business well should be encouraged to apply such that we end up with the best possible services for Vallejo’s MMJ patients and by so doing take the ”sloppy” out of the process , ”there will be no exellence without competition”.


  3. July 1, 2015 @ 10:57 pm Chris

    How can a properly approved City ordinance be suspended because of a petition to put something on some future voting ballot? What nonsense.


    • July 1, 2015 @ 11:42 pm Ben

      Because the state law demands it.


      • July 2, 2015 @ 6:26 am Me too

        Really? I had the same question. I don’t see how a *proposed* referendum means that the city stops their ordinance *before* there has been any voting.


  4. July 2, 2015 @ 7:33 am wharf rat

    Voting ? that could impede things , these pesky old Democratic traditions are really a drag . To date I have had the ability to only vote to tax MMJ all the rest of ”the process” has been small group special interest politics led by Lawyers , in over three years nothing comprehensive or even science based has been put forward to my knowledge ”but hey Im just a pesky Citizen what do I know”, Vallejo could have achieved a world class working plan by now , instead here we find ourselves throwing stones at each other ”or some other substance”. Found this an interesting read .

    Oregon Medical Marijuana Battles Offer Lessons for California
    By David Downs
    Oregon’s robust medical marijuana industry fended off the first round of post-legalization restrictions this week, but not without an all-hands-on-deck, knock-down, drag-out fight that provides a lesson for California.

    Sources report that Oregon Senate Bill 844 to inspect and restrict certain commercial medical collective grows failed to pass committee Monday.

    But Oregon’s medical marijuana growers will remain in the crosshairs of both law enforcement and the commercial recreational industry — mainly because medical growers leak tons of pot into the black market. Oregon enjoys the distinction of having the cheapest high-quality bud in America, at $204 per ounce, compared to $241 in the Bay Area and $346 in Washington, DC. The national average is $324. While medical patients celebrate the access, officials chafe at the leakage.

    That’s a problem California also has — a state in which any adult can get a recommendation and appoint a grower as a “caregiver.” The grower can then legally grow up to six mature plants every 120 days, give the patient a free pound per year, and ship the rest out of state.

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    Gavin Newsom.
    Gavin Newsom.
    “Most experts agree that California has among the least structured systems of rules and regulations of any state with a medical marijuana law, meaning that for at least some users, a quasi-legal recreational market has existed for some time,” stated Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom’s Blue Ribbon Commission’s March progress report.

    California 2016 legalizers must chose between angering the medical marijuana community with new regulations, versus gaining mainstream voters — who want to see the pot trade “controlled.”

    Over in Arizona, 2016 legalization activists are already facing outright opposition from existing medical marijuana dispensaries, some of which don’t want the increased competition of new recreational businesses or homegrows. I’ve heard some California medical operators privately say they support the status quo, rather than further legalization.

    You can’t blame them when, as columnist Russ Bellville notes, it is opponents of legalization largely in charge of implementing it.

    “As soon as our Measure 91 was certified, the lobbyists emerged from counting their piles of money to begin subverting democracy. Lobbyists representing city councils and county commissions don’t like two key provisions on local marijuana bans and local marijuana taxes. They want the ability for a handful of councilors or commissioners to be able to ban or tax marijuana, no matter what their local constituents think or how the majority of the state voted.

    Lobbyists representing commercial marijuana growers and law enforcement don’t like the current system of medical marijuana growing. They want the legislature to clamp down with restrictive limits on how many medical marijuana plants may be grown, especially within residential zones.”
    For years, California’s legislature hasn’t been able to resolve the tension between the pot industry and cities and cops — let alone medical versus recreational legalizers. That unresolved tension could fracture and kill reform efforts in 2016, and lots of people stand to keep profiting from that.


  5. July 15, 2015 @ 7:14 pm wharf rat

    The City of Oakland is renowned for pioneering cannabis regulations and its policies have served as a model in the 23 states that have legalized medical marijuana. But Oakland’s recent attempt to close an unpermitted dispensary that has flouted city laws and avoided paying thousands of dollars in permit fees has exposed a problem: The city’s tolerance of medical marijuana use has made it tough for code enforcement to regulate rogue dispensaries.

    The city does not have a huge problem with unpermitted dispensaries but it is an issue that crops up regularly. According to a 2014 report from the City Administrator’s Office, the city has identified at least 43 illegal dispensaries in Oakland since 2005. Nearly all of those dispensaries have been closed, but when these so-called “Measure Z clubs” — named for the ballot measure that regulates dispensaries — do pop up, they are difficult to deal with because Measure Z has made investigation of personal adult cannabis use a rock-bottom priority. That means it’s tough to get police to investigate medical cannabis-related violations, which in turn means there is no hard evidence, such as “buy-busts,” cannabis evidence, or police reports.



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