Garden Grove, Pot Capital of California?

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There's an interesting story in today's Los Angeles Times titled "Cities Seek an Antidote to Medical Marijuana." The story, by Jessica Garrison, surveys how towns throughout California are trying to navigate the dizzying conflict between state law, which says its okay for residents to cultivate and smoke marijuana for medical reasons, and the federal prohibition of cannabis.

That's not the interesting part. Here's what may be news to most Orange County residents: Garden Grove, which recently overturned its ban on pot clubs and which now has what the Times estimates to be at least 60 dispensaries within its borders, could have more storefront shops than any other city in the state.

The Times attributes this claim to Matt Fertal, Garden Grove's city manager, who was involved in the city's decision to reverse its ban on dispensaries. Fertal said the city, which is effectively broke, doesn't have the revenue to sue the clubs out of existence, as Lake Forest, just to cite one example, has succesfully done. Oh wait, actually, Lake Forest wasted a million dollars of taxpayer money trying to sue the clubs, before finally realizing it was a lot cheaper to invite the federal government to simply seize the property where the clubs were operating, thus forcing them to shut down.

According to the Times, "there are no hard figures on how many cities and counties have been involved in litigation over medical marijuana" however the paper "identified at least 40, and many experts say the number is probably much higher."

As Fertal points out, the pot clubs have lawyers at their disposal who are more than happy to sue any city that seeks to shut them down. "They've got more money than everybody to throw at this, and they are just determined to sue on every matter," Fertal told the Times. "We feel like we are caught in the middle."

Given all the craziness that's been unfolding in recent weeks, it's unclear how long medical marijuana dispensaries will be allowed to operate. But it would appear Garden Grove is taking the smart approach: wait for the shit-storm to move on and meanwhile, don't waste badly-needed tax revenue by lining the pockets of attorneys who are just going to make this mess even more complicated.

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DOWN WITH THE DEVILS!

David M. Smith
David M. Smith

lol haha i live there in Garden Grove and love it :-)

Maarten Andriessen
Maarten Andriessen

Why not just legalize it? It will bring down crime, and increase tax revenue.

malcolmkyle
malcolmkyle

Prohibition is actually an authoritarian war on the economy, the Constitution and every civic institution of our once great and free nation.

It's all about the market and cost/benefit analysis. Whether any particular drug is good, bad, or otherwise is irrelevant! As long as there is demand for any mind altering substance, there will be supply; the end! The only affect prohibiting it has is to drive the price up, increase the costs and profits, and where there is illegal profit to be made criminals and terrorists thrive.

The cost of criminalizing citizens who are using substances no more harmful than similar things that are perfectly legal like alcohol and tobacco, is not only hypocritical and futile, but also simply not worth the incredible damage it does.

Afghani farmers produce approx. 93% of the world's opium which is then, mostly, refined into street heroin then smuggled throughout Eastern and Western Europe.

Both the Taliban and the terrorists of al Qaeda derive their main income from the prohibition-inflated value of this very easily grown crop; Prohibition is the "Goose that laid the golden egg" and the lifeblood of terrorists as well as drug cartels. Only those opposed, or willing to ignore this fact, want things the way they are.

Kindly Google: A GLOBAL OVERVIEW OF NARCOTICS-FUNDED TERRORIST GROUPS

Prohibition provides America's sworn enemies with financial "aid" and tactical "comforts". The Constitution of the United States of America defines treason as:

"Article III / Section 3. Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort."

Support for prohibition is therefore an act of treason against the Constitution, and a dire threat to our nation's civic institutions. Each day we remain silent, we help to destroy the Constitution, fill the prisons with our children, and empower terrorists and criminals worldwide while wasting hundreds of billions of our own tax dollars. Prohibition bears many strong and startling similarities to Torquemada­’s Inquisition or Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge­, it’s supporters are servants of tyranny and hate who’s sole purpose is to make the rest of us suffer their putrid legacy of incalculable waste and destruction.

Prohibition Prevents Regulation - Legalize, Regulate & Tax!

HappyGoLuckyBrightNSunny
HappyGoLuckyBrightNSunny

Regarding Lake Forest, can the Attorney General of CA sue Lake Forest for superseding or circumventing STATE law, allowing residents this right, by identifying these places to the Fed Gov't? 

GardenGrow
GardenGrow

From a hotspot of the KKK to the weed store capitol of the USA - I call that progress and spiritual evolution.  Congratulations Garden Grove! 

Bizmail Public
Bizmail Public

In the mean time, Garden Grove gets both the tax revenues on the pot sales and real estate taxes on store fronts that would otherwise be empty.

For once, "Smart Government" and "Garden Grove" can be used in the same sentense

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

I love defiance of the federal gov't.  Bravo. 

GRANTWISH
GRANTWISH

BECAUSE ARE STUPID GOVNERMENT WOULD BE LOSING MONEY AT THE SAME TIME BECAUSE PAPER IS 56% OF THE COUNTRYS INCOME AND IT WOULD BE REPLACE WITH HEMP AND THEY WOULD OWE  CHINA MORE MONEY SO ITS A LOSE

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Why not just legalize Cocaine, Heroin, Gambling and Prostitution?

It will bring down crime, and increase tax revenue.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

You'll like this, too: that asshole Bruce Broadwater remains on the city council, and I'm sure this development is driving his Democratic Mormon ass INSANE...

Rawr
Rawr

alcohol is responsible for more death and ill health effects to the general public than marijuana. the four mentioned above (except maybe gambling?) are worse

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