Pubdate: Sat, 27 Aug 2011
Source: Record, The (Stockton, CA)
Copyright: 2011 The Record
Author: Gary Armstrong


The California Attorney General's Office received a proposed 
initiative titled, "Regulate Marijuana Like Wine Act of 2012." The 
purpose of the initiative is to amend the Health and Safety Code 
sections dealing with THC and CBD. It would decriminalize marijuana 
sales, distribution, possession, use cultivation, processing and 
transportation by a person 21 or older.

Really? Still think it's for medical purposes?

Just recently it was a bad week for the California's domestic 
marijuana cartels. Fresno County banned medical marijuana clinics. 
Kern County banned medical marijuana clinics. San Joaquin County 
supervisors passed an ordinance banning shop-front medical marijuana 
dispensaries in the unincorporated county. Bakersfield's so-called 
marijuana storefronts were banned. Richmond extended its marijuana 
moratorium. An Oceanside judge ordered dispensaries closed. And 
Tulare County ordered a pot dispensary to shut down.

They get it. How come Stockton doesn't?

Stockton is a great city, but too bad its leaders are pedestrian at 
best. With all the issues facing the city - crime out of control, 
homicides escalating and gangs running unchecked - city leaders 
couldn't stop the domestic marijuana cartels in our city. Really?

This is just what Stockton needs, additional opportunities for 
robberies and other crimes around the issue of so called medical 
marijuana? You read every day about medical pot stolen, gunmen 
robbing marijuana dispensaries and even thieves creating a fake pot 
dispensary and robbed the marijuana courier.

Reducing crime is everyone's responsibility, and it should start with 
the City Council.

Gary Armstrong

past president, California Narcotic Officer's Association
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