Long Beach Cannabis Collectives Plead For Public Support

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Next Tuesday, the Long Beach City Council is scheduled to vote on whether to ban medical marijuana, a move that is strongly supported by the city attorney's office and police department. Their argument in favor of doing so: the federal government is cracking down on marijuana, and the city's pot ordinance, which allowed collectives to grow and distrubute marijuana in return for a $15,000 permit application fee, but which has been called into question by a recent court case, is mostly illegal.

On the other side of the argument is everyone who thinks that the city is wasting its time and money trying to backtrack on a policy it began, and will only be forcing qualified medical marijuana smokers to go to the black market if it bans the dispensaries, bringing the clock back to the wild west days before the city tried to regulate pot, when hundreds of clubs were operating outside city law.

The cannabis collectives that have the most on the line, of course, are the ones that have done their best to obey the city's ordinance, paid the application fees, won a controversial lottery allowing them to continue to operate, and managed to survive subsequent zoning restrictions added by the city which further thinned the dispensaries, forcing many of them to close. These clubs, joined together in the Long Beach Collective Association (LBCA), are now seeking the public's support in a last-ditch effort to convince the city's elected officials not to ban marijuana.

Specifically, LBCA is asking the public, especially city residents, to go to its website,  where contact information is available for every city council member, as well as drafts of talking points for folks interested in making telephone calls.

One important fact to keep in mind is that the city council has already delayed its vote on the ban twice thanks to council members who were absent at the last two scheduled votes, so public comments on this issue have already been heard and barring some last minute change, aren't going to be accepted at the meeting Tuesday.

So if you want to get your views heard on this issue, now's your chance. Once again, to find the information you need to make that happen, click here.

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Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Don't smoke pot and drive -- you're twice as likely to crash

 People who use marijuana before driving are nearly twice as likely to cause a car crash as those not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to a Canadian analysis of previous studies. 

Experts at Dalhousie University in Canada reviewed nine studies of more than 49,000 people involved in accidents on public roads involving one or more motor vehicles, including cars, trucks, buses and motorcycles. 

Researchers found drivers who had used marijuana within three hours of beginning to drive had nearly double the risk of causing a collision, especially those that were fatal. 

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/... 

Guest
Guest

They should have a smoke in. Have everyone fire up at the same time. If they get the whole place high enough the city council might back down. Of course, the best compliment would be if the city council asked where they could get some for themselves.

Johnrose7588
Johnrose7588

People crash because they are bad drivers, with or without the pot. I've been smoking for years. And I've been driving while smoking 8 hours a day never a ticket or an accident. Pot doesn't do anything but relax you. It doesn't make things appear to spin like alcohol. You sir are a fool. You sound like the only experience you have in life are read out of a book.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

I'm IN for some civil disobedience.  :)

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