We have been indoctrinated into the philosophy of “Don’t negotiate with terrorists.” I see some value in that approach. But let’s not just apply it to physical terrorists who threaten physical violence, but to political terrorists as well.
Throughout my life I have been involved in civic affairs and have met with and worked with various politicians at various levels of government. It is a very difficult and often disappointing engagement. Just after you have taken three tiny steps forward, you get pushed back two giant steps.
In Los Angeles and all over California there is a pushback, a repression going on. Arrests are up all over the state; dispensaries are under assault by local governments. All of this is coordinated and has been spearheaded by the DEA and/or the California authorities or non-governmental organizations such as the CA. Narcotics Officers Association.
The Berkeley Patients Group (BPG) figured this out years ago when they couldn’t get a permit to relocate. You would think that the Berkeley, California City Council would have been cooperative—and they were in theory—but when it came down to the details, they just wouldn’t and couldn’t agree. According to my calculations, the only place that they would have been able to relocate to is in the middle of Berkeley’s estuary park—that is in the middle of the water.
Debby Goldsberry (A Yippie) and her associates knew the voters supported them, it was just the cops, DA’s, and judges that were pulling the strings of the puppets on the Berkeley City Council.
After trying to negotiate with these terrorists, the folks at BPG knew it was useless. Instead they wrote an initiative. They got on the ballot easily and won. (Their victory was a saga that you can read about elsewhere-the result of which was that Diebold Voting Machines were proved to be faulty and that they could be and were manipulated.)
BPG now has the zoning it wants and a legally binding, self-regulating commission bylaw.
I suggest that all initiatives include the following:
-All medical marijuana, facilities, gardens, homes, and gardeners are to be under the jurisdiction of the Health Department. NOT THE COPS! Cops should have no authority to arrest or even enter a medical garden or facility for the purpose of “enforcing laws”.
-Dispensaries be under the same laws and zoning as other like businesses. Dispensaries should be equated with pharmacies, not bars or liquor stores.
-In addition I suggest a parallel zoning initiative says that prohibits bars or alcohol sales within 1000 feet of any school, college, or park.
A special note to the D.C. folk: According to LEAP, Congress is about to pass a bill which in part will make medical marijuana legal in the capitol. This is a really important measure because it would allow Obama to get a medical card, and he could take care of his medical condition: Marijuana Deficiency Syndrome (MDS).