Only in Fresno, I tell ya! Only in Fresno California could the vast amounts of misinformation be seen as evidence to support the passing of an ordinance that prohibits any and all cultivation of Cannabis. Retroactively handing all cultivation back over to the black market and criminal enterprises. Wait it gets worse! They have also retroactively criminalized the California legal qualified patients themselves through land use and zoning ordinances. Yup that’s right! What the people of California made Legal, Fresno has made Re-illegal!?. They have even found a way to circumvent the due process of law when it comes to qualified medicinal cannabis cultivators. First they mail them a certified letter threatening to fine you administratively $1000 for every plant on the property. The county’s 15 Day Notice tells the grower they have to remove all plants within 15 days, or face extremely stiff administrative penalties. In the only 2 cases on record so far, the abatement was done on the same day the individuals were given their 15 Day Notice to abate. does that sound like due process? Wait? Do you feel these fines and levees against you are unjustifiable and unwarranted? Don worry you can always appeal to the Fresno county board of supervisors and hope they understand that your a legal qualified medical marijuana patient of the state California, and not of Fresno. The Fresno county board of supervisors has implemented such an evasive ordinance that it not only circumvents the true written intent of the (CUA). It circumvents the very constitution of California.
Well it still gets worse unfortunately. No dispensaries or medicinal cannabis store fronts or collectives allowed either. So they have also retroactively returned all access, or purchases to the criminal enterprises and black market. The only viable options left for the legal medicinal cannabis patients are traveling to other progressive cities and counties within California that does not seem to have regressive leadership or governance. Which in turn puts huge financial and travel burdens upon the medicinal cannabis patients. Or the final and last result, simply move away from there delusional ideals of governance that exist in this time warp called Fresno. Welcome to my home town people Where the boards of supervisors and city councils are the deciding factor and regulator of your health, medicine, and well being over the recommendations of a licensed physician. Where local law enforcement continually suggests that the Drug Cartels and criminal enterprises should have 100% control of all Cannabis grown in Fresno so they can better serve and protect you. Does any of this make sense to you? Welcome to the wild, wild west of Fresno folks, where the dumb folk roam, and the skies are all smoggy all day!
The City and County of Fresno has gone far beyond just banning large illegal commercial cannabis grows in there districts and county. (Those where already illegal ) They have thwarted the the intent of the (CUA) compassion use act of 1996. Or as its more commonly known and referred to as, Prop 215. They act as if the law never existed in the first place. Not only trampling on the (CUA)-Prop-215, but the later clarifications of the (MMPA) Medical Marijuana Program Act of 2003. Or as it is more commonly known and referred to as SB-420. Senate Bill-420 was an act of the legislators that helped further clarify and define the guidelines of the (CUA) because Law enforcement in places like FRESNO was continually arresting legal patients. The actions of these misinformed law enforcement and local governments out right thwarted the intent of the law as written and passed by the voting populous of California.
No legal cultivation allowed at all. No legal indoor cultivation in the privacy of your own home. No legal outdoor cultivation on the privacy of your own property. No legal dispensaries or store fronts in your own city or county. All through the power of land use and zoning? But the Fresno county health department will gladly take the peoples money and your doctors recommendation and supply you with a (MMPA) California State Medical Marijuana Card with a Fresno county health department logo on it. You can even get your doctors recommendation directly through the Fresno county health dept. Through one of there licensed physicians. So the County of Fresno is not only participating in the (MMPA) SB-420, its profiting from the state medical marijuana card program then turning around and telling those qualifiedpatients to access your medicine anywhere but Fresno? Oh, and good luck out there, I here, it can be pretty shady. Does this make sense to you? Is it legal? I am not lawyer, but I am pretty sure there is some illegal activity taking place here.
you know that old saying? Ignorance of the law is no excuse? Well have you ever considered applying that phrase on those who continually love to throw it in your face. Well the Sheriffs department, Local police department, and Local governments of Fresno are all guilty of that very thing and are hoping the common voter never discovers that. For if you did, you would find that the only people acting as criminals and tyrannical thugs are the ones wearing the suits, costumes and uniforms of local Law enforcement, City Attorneys, and the elected representatives of Fresno. In my personal opinion it is an outright infringement of not only our California constitutional rights. It is also an outright infringement of our United States constitutional rights. Now bare in mind, I am no lawyer or law professor. and this is no way to be construed as legal advice. But I am pretty sure Banning me from access to my medicine recommended by a licensed physician is infringing on my right to “Life”. Banning me from cultivating my medicine on my own personal property,whether indoors or out is infringing on my my right to “Property” and “Life”. And both of those actions are inherently infringing on my right to “Happiness”. Are you catching on here people ?
Law enforcement never has and never will want to decriminalize anything. Especially Cannabis. That is one of Law enforcement’s “bread and butter’s” shall we say. More Specifically it is one of Margaret Mimms of the Fresno county Sheriffs departments personal blundered legacies she plans on leaving behind her. It would also appear that the Fresno city chief of police Jerry Dyer seems to be riding her coat tails with exact same nonsense. Margaret Mimms headed up the Marijuana Eradication task force here in Fresno county. Unfortunately her and many other small sheriffs dept statewide have been confusing and arresting qualified legal patients since the passing of prop-215 (CUA). The very Reason SB-420 (MMPA) was drafted and passed in 2003. To further clarify prop-215 (CUA). Either they where confused or ignorant of the law, or they simply didn’t give two flying farts to the wind either which way. That would put to many good officers on the unemployment line. As if to say needing less police is a bad thing? or focusing those officers attention to more pressing criminal matters is a bad thing. Therefore when they don’t like laws passed by the legislators, or governing bodies they simply ignore them as if they never existed to begin with. Hence the ignorance that billows about the room at these very council and supervisor meetings in regards to the actual law as written. 95% percent of the time the elected representatives only repeat and spew out what is interpreted and handed to them by Law enforcement. Never the actual law as written and defined. that is a serious problem folks. How the (CUA) was written is not the true problem at play here.
Have any of you ever read the California constitution? Did you know unlike most of the states in the union, here in California the people have the unique ability to pass there own laws through the statewide voter initiative process. Well that is exactly what happened with prop-215 (CUA). it was not law enforcement or the legislators that authored and circulated prop-215. It was the grassroots activists and citizens of California that wrote, circulated, and passed prop-215 (CUA). Did you know that not even the highest California legislators in the land can change the laws passed by the voter initiative process? The only way to to change voter initiatives is by another voter proposed initiative. The California constitution states, “what the voters have done, the Legislature cannot undo.” Interesting!? Well if you can not undo it? what do you do if you don’t like it? pretend it does not apply? Or simply imply it was so vaguely written as to allow certain localities to opt out or not participate in way shape or form? NO, it does not work that way. But is that not essentially what Fresno is trying to accomplish here with the passing of this unlawful ordinance? If the Legislator Cannot undo what the voters have done? Neither can the city and county of Fresno right? No matter how much they hate it. No matter how vague there interpretation. The legalese, wording and actual intent remain the same and can only be changed by the voters. are you starting to truly understand the malicious hatred and fury this ignites in law enforcement and the governing bodies its controls? This is truly of, for, and by the people governing. something they have no control over. And regardless of Prop-215 and SB-420′s flaws, We the people should, and shall defend it with dignity and due diligence. regardless of whether or not you like or dislike Cannabis. This not just a game of politics anymore. If the only law Fresno answers to is the laws written of, by and for Fresno? are they circumventing state laws themselves ?
I would now like to raise some very concerning questions and points of notice in regards to this intrusive unconstitutional ordinance being forced down the unwilling peoples of Fresno’s throats. Question #1 – Could you possibly conceive that the county board of supervisors, or city council representatives in the city in which you reside where the ultimate dictators and regulators of access to you medicine, health and well being, over the recommendation of a licensed physician? Is this an oligarchy or a democratic republic in which we reside? Question #2- Do you Honestly believe that passing this ordinance will curtail the illegal activity and crime associated with cannabis cultivation? Because the sad truth is, your only insuring that all cannabis cultivation is a criminal act. Including legally qualified medicinal cultivation. Which directly conflicts with the peoples law of California and protections guaranteed by the California constitution.
The plain and simple truth is the only way to insure you lower criminal activity associated with Cannabis is by decriminalizing, legalizing and properly regulating the legal industry which arises. Weather it is strictly a model for only legal qualified medical patients, or a model for outright recreational use for responsible adult consumption. The very reason people steal, kill and commit crimes over or for Cannabis is because of the very laws that prohibit it. And the fact they will fetch a very high price in the illegal black market created by its prohibition. Where the demand never really went away by choice or organic methods. It was forced out by unnecessary and unjustifiable means. If it where Legal, easily accessible and cultivated by everyone in there yards, and sensibly regulated and controlled it would be easily accessible to all. and you wouldn’t have Criminals jumping fences and killing people over a natural plant. effectively eliminating the intrinsic criminal enterprises and aspects of the failed models of prohibition. Wake up People of Fresno! we do not have to continually stand by while these regressive leaders of our governing bodies are constantly trying to move the progressive needle backwards. We must stand up and be heard. For they will continue to oppress and and trample on anything and everything they deem a NUISANCE. Remember this point right here! the very reason they hold that much power is because we willingly sent them there to speak for us. Citizens and people of Fresno, Stand up and speak for yourselves!
By: Dustin Frazier Lowery
This past Wednesday, may 16 2012. The Fresno Planning Commission voted 4-2 on Wednesday to recommend passage of a permanent ban on growing medical marijuana outdoors anywhere in the city of Fresno. I was one of three people to speak against the proposed ban and some of the underlying legal issues. I myself did not submit anything in writing because I felt that speaking from my heart works best for me. I asked the planning commission to please consider who will be effected the most by the passing such a restrictive ordinance. What about the patients who are on disability ? What about the patients who can barely afford to grow a few plants under the sun each season? The patients on fixed incomes who are already having a hard time scraping by ? Such a restrictive ordinance affects the poorest and most neediest of the medicinal cannabis patients here in Fresno, Ca.
I then went on to say that I am not here to advocate for thousand plant grow sites in the city limits. I am here to stand up for the patients right to legally cultivate their own medicine, on their own property. I told them that I was all for sensible regulations on outdoor cultivation within the city limits. But what the city currently had drafted was way to restrictive and would only further restrict patients access to affordable quality medicinal cannabis. Transplanting even a small 2 or 4 plant garden from outdoors to indoors can be very costly. It’s not as simple as ripping the plants from the ground, Throwing them in the bath tub and hanging a light bulb above it. Which by the way where the actual words of a judge here in Fresno recently, and also prior statements of the Law enforcement official giving the presentation before the planning commission just minutes before.
Actually to Give Lt. David Newton of the FPD narcotics division credit, he actually said cheap Led lights, which some growers are switching to, but are rarely used due to little information about production and output. personally there isn’t enough proven evidence to switch anything just yet. I also stated to the planning commission board that I myself do not hate Law enforcement, nor do I blame them for the position they have been in put in. But I am here to advocate Law enforcement does serve and protect the legal medicinal cannabis community like everyone else. I went on to say how I did agree that we needed to work with law enforcement to reign in those who are abusing the medicinal cannabis industry. But we also should not throw away the baby with the bath water. Dont punish the patients for the actions of the criminals.
After Comments from the other 2 whole speakers in opposition Diane Valdovinos ( Local Advocate ) and Micheal Green of Cal pot news. The commission board commended us for our statements. They then proceeded to vote on the ordinance. Many of the members of the planning commission said they understood our concerns but that they didn’t feel it was as restrictive and voted in favor. But one planning commissioner statements specifically hit home for me and made me feel as if we did have a very small victory in the overall battle. Luisa Medina of the planning commission said she was going to vote in favor of the ordinance but after hearing the statements in opposition from the three of us she had changed her mind. I was overjoyed with pride when I heard her say that. The fact that the statements of mine and that of my friends made a difference that day. Though we lost the overall battle, but through education and compassion we changed the heart and mind of just one person who would have otherwise just gone along with protocol and passed the ordinance.
After the planning commission meeting was dismissed we retreated to the front of the city hall building to gather our thoughts. We where then greeted by Luisa medina and Andy Hansen-Smith of the planning commission. they had some great words of encouragement and thanked us for coming out voicing our concerns to the commission. But the real highlight of that evening for me personally was when Lt. David Newton of the FPD confronted me outside of city hall and thanked me for coming. He also told me that I was a very good representative the for medicinal cannabis community and that he actually voted for prop 215 back in 1996. Lt David Newton also said that he looked forward to seeing me again. I jokingly replied, well I hope its at the next city council meeting and not anywhere else. We both laughed, shook hands and parted ways. Now those are the kinds of encounters with law enforcement I would prefer happen.
But for those who believe the opponent has the upper hand and it’s just to large a hill to climb. Dont give Up ! Three dedicated cannabis activists didn’t win the overall battle this past Wednesday, but they are winning the hearts and minds through the power of compassion and education. The key to ending patient discrimination in local counties and city’s here in the central valley is through education and compassion. Through this blog and various other social media I will keep you posted on when the ordinance will be going before the Fresno City council.
By: Dustin F. Lowery
It is almost 4/20, the cannabis community’s one and only holiday. Were all who consume the amazing cannabis plant proclaim their love for mother earths most vital resource, cannabis hemp. Many tokers, smokers, growers and medicators celebrate this day in many different ways. But this 4/20 we must try to make a real difference in which the average american perceives the average cannabis consumer and provider. We must break the stereotypes’ of un-productive, lazy, drains on society. We must show them that we are responsible adults, who live productive lives.
How do we do this ? Every single person who consumes cannabis for any reason or even believes that cannabis should be legal for responsible consumption must come out of the closet and proclaim to the world there use and love for the cannabis plant this 4/20. There is no reason why a responsible adult who consumes cannabis on his or her own time and in his or her own house, shouldnt have the same rights as those who consume alcohol. Cannabis in its known history, has had ZERO recorded cases of overdose. Approximately 2.5 million people die each year from alcohol related causes. “Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health.” So why should the cannabis consumer live his or her life in discrimination simply because he or she chooses a natural non toxic plant to relax or medicate.
This 4/20 there is a lot you can do to make a difference for the cannabis community. This 4/20 become a member of Norml, The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. They are the nations longest running lobbyist group for the cannabis consumer.
There is also a Anonymous operation taking place on 4/20 called, #Opcannabis420. They are calling for all who support cannabis legalization to turn all of your social media profiles green in a show of solidarity. Call your government representatives and let them know you want them to do something to stop the prohibition of cannabis hemp. Find out if there are any local protests or marches in your area on 4/20. Lets get out there in force and demand equality for the cannabis consumer. It’s all up to us, we must unite and demand equality for the cannabis community for ourselves, nobody is going to do it for us. So I urge all of you who really seek changes in our cannabis hemp laws and policies to get out there and let your voice be heard and make the impact we need to make those changes.
I will leave with this final and parting request for 4/20, I ask all who celebrate 4/20, when the clock strikes 4:19 please give a moment of silence and remembrance for the great Jack Herer. He was a special man who shared the truth about cannabis hemp with the world. It is up to us to carry on Jacks legacy and dreams of Re-legalizing cannabis hemp for future generations and the planet.
The title of this post comes to me from the song – Want more – as made famous by Bob Marley. In light of the recent raid on Oaksterdam University on April 4th 2012 by the federal government, I felt that the words to this song never rang so true. Now you get what you want, do you want more ? So as a Medicinal Cannabis consumer I ask you, do you want more ? Because the last 16 years has been nothing but a struggle for the average medicinal cannabis consumer,provider, and grower to provide, or receive access to those very medicines. Could you imagine the feds raiding your house because of your choice of medicine ? Imagine if the feds kicked down the doors of all the pharmacies on every corner and you no longer had access to your life saving medications. That is exactly what is happening here in California as we speak. Regardless of what your personal bias or opinions of Cannabis ( Marijuana ) may be, The Law is still the Law.
–( Now you get what you want, do you want more ? )– -Chorus- by Bob Marley
( Compliments of Wikipedia ) –> Proposition 215, or the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, is a California law concerning the use of medical cannabis. It was enacted, on November 5, 1996, by means of the initiative process, and passed with 5,382,915 (55.6%) votes in favor and 4,301,960 (44.4%) against.The proposition was a state-wide voter initiative authored by Dennis Peron, Anna Boyce [RN], Valerie Corral, Dale Gieringer, Thomas Seiler, William Panzer, Scott Imler, and psychiatrist Tod H. Mikuriya, and approved by California voters. It allows patients with a valid doctor’s recommendation, and the patient’s designated Primary Caregivers, to possess and cultivate marijuana for personal medical use, and has since been expanded to protect a growing system of collective and cooperative distribution. The Act added Section 11362.5 to the California Health and Safety Code.
–( You think it’s the end, But it’s just the beginning. )– -Line-1 -Verse-1- -Want more- by Bob Marley
16 years, you would think we would have it all figured out by now right ? Wrong ! California law enforcement has been having a hay day arresting any and all Cannabis consumers regardless of legality. Why you ask ? Because they can, 215 truly only gives you a legal defense within the state of California. So it all boils down to one simple tactic for Law enforcement, arrest them all and let the courts sort it out. Which in turn only further restricts access and further strengthens the black markets grasp over California’s #1 cash crop. Yes though it remains illegal for responsible adult consumption, Cannabis beats out Grapes for California’s #1 cash crop. Not a single dime of that money for Cannabis is taxed or regulated.
Now in some part’s of California you will find cities and counties that have adopted ordinances and regulations that call for certain taxes and revenues generated from Medicinal Cannabis Collectives, dispensaries, and store front operations to be paid to the city or county. Even more counties and cities here in California have outright banned Collectives and dispensaries. If you were to look at the above picture of the Prop 215 election turnout, almost everywhere seen in green has some form of regulation and tax revenue and allowance in place. Everything in red has nothing and many of these cities and counties have gone as far as to outright bans that are still being challenged in court. Here we have the most neediest of the Cannabis Community being the only one’s providing tax revenues, and in most cases showing up in drones at city and county board meetings begging for regulations. While at the same time they watch the laws intended to protect them get kicked around like a political football. Which in turn only leads to further confusion, and further restricts access to the those who truly need cannabis.
–( They stab you in the back And they claim that you’re not looking.)– -Line-1- -verse-2- -Want more- By-Bob Marley
In 2009 the Obama administration issued a statement suggesting to prosecutors not seek to the arrest of medical marijuana users and suppliers as long as they conform to state laws, under new policy guidelines, and it is 2012 and last I checked Obama is still president. Here are some of Obama’s quotes prior to his election.
– “I don’t think that should be a top priority of us, raiding people who are using … medical marijuana. With all the things we’ve got to worry about, and our Justice Department should be doing, that probably shouldn’t be a high priority.” (June 2, 2007, town hall meeting in Laconia, New Hampshire)
–”The Justice Department going after sick individuals using [marijuana] as a palliative instead of going after serious criminals makes no sense.” (July 21, 2007, town hall meeting in Manchester, New Hampshire)
– “You know, it’s really not a good use of Justice Department resources.” (responding to whether the federal government should stop medical marijuana raids, August 13, 2007, town hall meeting in Nashua, New Hampshire)
Then why is he doing exactly what he explained to the American public was a waste of D.O.J resources ? If he was a man who practiced what he preached, why then was Oaksterdam raided just a few days ago ? Why then have countless other collectives and medical marijuana patients who are compliant within there state still facing persecution or possible forfeiture of property and finances ? The entire cannabis community united behind president Barack Obama during the 2008 election cycle. It seemed as if we had a presidential nominee wo wasnt afraid of discussing the hypocrisy of our cannabis ( Marijuana ) laws. But here we are in April of 2012 and we witnessed one of the longest operating and industry forging leaders get reduced to rubble by the federal government, not to mention more D.O.J resources wasted.
In my personal opinion, HELL NO ! I believe we can do better. We must now unite under one common cause that helps the entire cannabis community as a whole. One of the biggest problems plaguing the cannabis community today is the separation of qualified patients and the recreational users . Though the majority of the medicinal community still smoke their cannabis as a regular form of medicating, to the average Joe, you look just like you’re getting stoned. Not to mention people associate smoking with leisure and relaxation, which is also something commonly associated with “stoners”. Until we have TRUE medical Cannabis that is controlled, studied and tested by scientists and doctors these stereotypes will continue to plague the Medicinal cannabis consumer. The medicinal consumer will always be lumped in with the stoner, so long as he looks and acts like one. you know the old saying, if it looks like a duck, it quacks like a duck, it must be a duck ! Even the Great Jack Herer originally opposed Prop 215 because it stopped at medical use only.
But the very same thing can be said for the stoners. just as there must be a place for the qialified patient, there must also be a place for use by the responsible adult consumer. In my personal opinion legalizing and regulating for responsible adult consumption is more important due to the sheer numbers of recreational cannabis consumers. This meaning the average Joe is more likely to encounter and interact with a stoner then a qualified patient. On May 31st, 2011. California NORML estimates that there are now over 750,000 medical marijuana users in the state, or 2% of the population. According to U.S. SAMHSA data, the total number of users in the state, including non-medical ones, amounts to 6.7% of the population (2.5 million) within the past month, or 11.3% (4.1 million) within the past year. Now remember cannabis ( Marijuana ) is illegal, would you admit to a stranger that you use an illegal substance ? So these surveys are only estimates and according to these statistics, last year in 2011 there was 750,000 medical marijuana patients. In that same year there were 4.1 million people in TOTAL that admitted they consumed cannabis wether it be legal medical use or for recreational use. So that leaves us with a number of 3,350,000 recreational users to 750,000 qualified patients, so who do you think you are more likely to interact with ? So about 5.46% of all people included in this study are medical users. Based off of this study roughly 1 in 5 of all who consume cannabis ( Marijuana ) is medical.
This places California only slightly above the national average in marijuana use ( 6.0% monthly and 10.4% yearly). Use of marijuana by California school youth has declined since Prop. 215 passed, according to data from the Attorney General’s Survey of Student Drug Use in California. The increase in medical marijuana use therefore appears to reflect a tendency for existing users to “go medical,” rather than the enlistment of new users. So instead of reforming our cannabis laws, we force those 4 out 5 cannabis consumers to use only medical or take the risk of criminal prosecution. These laws are tailored to favor the minority and not the majority, and even the minority has faced nothing but 16 years of opposition from local, state, and federal governing bodies. Dont get me wrong I know the medicinal powers of the cannabis plant, but I personally have witnessed cannabis do amazing things for people. That is why I believe we need REAL medical cannabis that is controlled by Scientists and Doctors who are working with and studying the many amazing compounds that make up the cannabis plant for measureable medical applications. What we have now with prop 215 is a quasi legal system that barely works for the minority, and the only ones clambering that things are just fine, are the Doctors writing the recommendations, Collective and dispensary owners, and growers profiting from the very system in place.
In the last 16 years the Cannabis movement as a whole has been making huge strides in gaining acceptance among the American public. Richard Lee and his Oaksterdam college have played a huge roll in the efforts to educate and advocate for medical cannabis and the legalization of cannabis. Richard Lee is the only dispensary owner that has ever funded a campaign to put himself out of business with prop 19. and by doing so he educated the nation even further to the many benefits of the cannabis plant. In my personal opinion Richard Lee can take partial claim to the recent polls showing 50% approval of legalizing cannabis. Now that’s not to say that prop 215 and the author Denis Peron and the many others who co-authored it didn’t play just as a big a role, if not a bigger role in educating the public about cannabis. But one thing I have always admired about Richard Lee is that he does not fear change, he embraces it. He has forged new and greater standards within our community. While at the same time advocating for all cannabis consumers and producers.
For the first time in American history 50% of Americans now say the use of marijuana should be made legal, Gallup first asked about legalizing marijuana, in 1969, 12% of Americans favored it, while 84% were opposed. Support remained in the mid 20′s in Gallup measures from the late 1970s to the mid-1990s, but has crept up since, passing 30% in 2000 and 40% in 2009 before reaching the 50% level in this year’s Oct. 6-9 annual Crime survey. THE TIME IS NOW ! we must unite as cannabis consumers and reform our laws to protect the majority, and not force the majority to abuse the minorities legal system.
BY: Dustin F. Lowery
( Link to change.org, please sign the petition ) –>https://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-medical-marijuana-raids?utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=own_wall
Letter from- Richard Lee
Why This Is Important
On Monday, April 2, my school — Oaksterdam University in Oakland — was raided by the DEA, IRS, and US Marshals. Oaksterdam provides training to the medical cannabis industry, and is fully compliant with state and local law.
President Obama promised at the beginning of his administration to respect state medical marijuana laws. He has broken this promise time and time again — and the consequences have been devastating.
This was a senseless act of intimidation. But I’ve been an activist far too long to become intimidated — and with the majority of Americans and common sense on our side, I know this is a fight we can win.
With our government trillions in debt, why is our government using taxpayer dollars to come after me, Oaksterdam, and the thousands of patients who need medical marijuana just to get through the day?
Tell President Obama and the DEA: Enough is enough. Keep your campaign promise, and stop the raids on the medical cannabis industry!
Thanks Richard Lee for all you have done for the cannabis community.
Time to make a phone call!
Tell GOV JERRY BROWN TO CALL OFF THE FEDS. OUR STATE, OUR RIGHTS
Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 558-3160
Call Federal Prosecutor Melinda L. Haag, SF (415)436-7200 — (415)436-7234
Did all of Fresno’s dispensary’s and collectives shut their doors ? From the research I have compiled, only one remains open to serve the Fresno medical marijuana community. I called the California herbal relief center to see if they were open, because they were the only ones still listed on Weedmaps. To my surprise they answered the phone, I said Hello and asked if they still remained open, the guy stuttered and hesetently replied ” Yeah, Yeah, We are open “. So it would appear that one collective here in town has decided to keep its doors open, even in fear of the County ordinance. Though I must tell you when I called back again to ask some more questions, nobody answered.
The next step in the medical cannabis community may be delivered right to your front door. There seems to be a growing number of collectives and dispensary’s that are either offering or switching to delivery. To me, it makes sense to do delivery when it comes to the sick, disabled, and the most needy of the cannabis community. Lets be Real for a moment here people. A storefront is all a collective or dispensary really is. And if your opening a storefront you will always be perceived as a business who makes profits in the public eye.
Now that’s not to say, that’s not exactly what some of these so-called collectives and dispensary’s intentions where. I myself am very glad that Mind, Body and Soul (SHIT-HOLE) closed their doors. Only Because I myself can assure that Jody Watkins and Shannon Luce the owners of Mind body and soul collective in Fresno ca, are former business consultants who took a course at oaksterdam in which they never even received a certificate of completion. But at the same time they pretend that they are the definitive source for medical marijuana in the Central Valley. When I first met them the only thing they knew about cannabis was the fact you could make money from selling it and how to run a business. When it came to Cannabis they knew very little to nothing on the subject other than what little they could remember from their course at oaksterdam. As a former employee of these Shmucks trust me when I say there only intentions where their profits and future profits that would be generated and nothing else.
But that is just my personal biast against one place here in Fresno. I believe we need collectives and dispensary’s here in Fresno. I just happen to really dislike and distrust Shannon Luce and Jody Watkins of Mind, Body and Soul (SHIT-HOLE) because of my own interactions with those scum. But what we do have here is perfect explanation of how the medical cannabis community can and is being abused by people who’s only intentions are the profits and the wealth that can be achieved from the sickest and most neediest of the Cannabis Community. As much as I have advocated for collectives and dispensary’s and I totally disagree with the ordinance put in place by fresno county and city. I am glad that at least one place, I know for a fact should be closed, is closed.
There are some major questions that need some serious answers in regards to the Fresno county ordinance, and what I believe is an Unlawful intrusion of Californians rights under state laws. The first question that comes to mind is always this, Can a city board of supervisors, or a county board of supervisors superced state laws and in fact disregard them and enact their own local laws through code enforcement ? Because that is exactly what is taking place here in Fresno, Ca.
Fresno’s ordinance is very unique and more restrictive to patients then most in the entire state. On July 12, 2011, Fresno County unanimously passed an ordinance to ban dispensaries and sharply restrict cultivation. It requires a “Medical MJ Cultivation Business License” for anyone seeking to grow in the county. Cultivation can only occur only in a secure, locked, enclosed structure in industrial zoning districts if 1,000 feet from any school, park, recreation area, sports facility, adult business, church, etc; maximum # of plants is 99. It also hands over all Code Enforcement over to the Local Fresno county sheriffs office. That is just the part on cultivation.
What about the collectives and clubs here in the county of Fresno ? the ordinance clearly states the following,
10.60.030 Medical Marijuana dispensary as a prohibited use:
A. A medical marijuana dispensary as defined in section 11.10.020 is a prohibited use in all zone districts in the County of Fresno.
And that is all they had to say about that. No beating around the bush with it, straight to the point with it. Now section 10.60.050 clearly states the following.
10.60.050 AMORTIZATION OF NON-CONFORMING MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENCARY:
Any marijuana existing on the effective date of this ordinance, which does not conform to the provisions of this chapter, shall be regarded as non-conforming use which may be continued until six months after the effective date of this ordinance. On or before such date, all such non-conforming uses shall be terminated.
Now I am not exactly sure what that means in terms of exactly how they are gonna come down on them, but what i do know is they seem to have pretty clear stance on collectives and dispensary’s, NONE SHALL BE ALLOWED PERIOD ! The city and county board of supervisors and even the fresno police department and fresno county sheriffs office are wanting to prevent crime. Now everybody wants less crime and safer streets for their children to walk right ? Then banning of collectives and dispensary’s is not the way to go about it. It is a proven fact that where most of these collectives and dispensary’s are in the county of Fresno are in fact now safer being occupied with security guards and people watching the surrounding buildings. Not only that but it single-handedly provides a safe and comfortable environment for the a medical marijuana patient to get access to their medicine in a secure public location, most have security and very secure front doors.
As a parent of a 5-year-old boy, I would prefer that Medical marijuana patients who need access to their medicine go to a place like that then get it from some dealer on the black market. As a parent i know my 5-year-old, or a child of any age other than the age required by law or, if under age has adult permission, will not be getting access to cannabis through a collective or dispensary. That I can assure you ! and if they did, can you imagine the outrage ? As there should be. but at least there is a place or business to hold responsible or liable. On the streets and black markets there is no justice for those who sell to children, let alone the fact that they are more likely to have access to more deadly drugs then just marijuana, and they also do not check their patrons I.D’s. Collectives and dispensary’s without a doubt would and are reducing crime and increasing access to the people who need cannabis the most. Not only does Fresno take their citizens money for Medical marijuana cards issued by the Fresno county health department. They also have their own doctor on staff to offer their own reccomendations. Not only does Fresno profit from medical marijuana currently. It in turn uses those funds to abolish the very places in which you can get access to your medications in your county and city. They will give all you need to be legal to consume the plant, even take your money and provide with the qualified paperwork. Only to turn around tell you, you’re going to have to go somewhere else to get that stuff.
Now the Fresno county sheriff’s office, with administrative assistance from the department of public works and planning, shall have primary responsibility for enforcement of the provisions in this ordinance. Lets get this straight, because we are dealing with deadly criminals and drug king pins that are disguised as medical marijuana patients. At least that’s what the police and local law enforcement want you to believe because, they get a shitload of funding from the federal government to prevent any and all Cannabis cultivation, distribution and sales. Be it legal medical marijuana, or by any means necessary. And the Police do not want to lose that funding, Period !
So they portray the average medical marijuana patient as a criminal to the public. Everyone that is a provider for these patients is also considered a drug king pin. This is getting to be a bit ridiculous, don’t you think ? their is no other business or industry out there requires handing over the enforcement of code enforcement to Law enforcement. But when your dealing with those damn Hippies, disabled people, Sick and dying people, and people seeking natural alternatives to the daily poisons offered by the pharmaceutical company’s. The only way to get there point across and accomplish their goals of keeping there federal bankrolls coming in is to demonize those who have actually been gaining acceptance within their own communities.
Ok lets start with of the most recognized Cannabis prisoners, The one and only Prince of Pot, Marc Emery. He is formerly a retailer of cannabis seeds for cultivation, having started Marc Emery Direct Marijuana Seeds in 1995, which he ran until it was closed by a raid by Vancouver police acting on the request of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on July 29, 2005. This has led to him being currently scheduled to be extradited to the United States for a sentence of five years.
Emery was taken into custody on September 28, 2009, and held at the North Fraser Pretrial Center in Port Coquitlam, BC, to await extradition to the USA. On November 18, 2009, Emery was released on bail, pending the Canadian Minister of Justice signing the extradition order; and on May 5, 2010, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson signed the order and ordered Emery to surrender to authorities, which he did that same day. The worst part was the statements of the US Department of Justice made after the extradition of Emery.
Here is the original text of DEA Administrator Karen Tandy’s statement released on July 29th, 2005:
Today’s DEA arrest of Marc Scott Emery, publisher of Cannabis Culture Magazine, and the founder of a marijuana legalization group — is a significant blow not only to the marijuana trafficking trade in the U.S. and Canada, but also to the marijuana legalization movement.
His marijuana trade and propagandist marijuana magazine have generated nearly $5 million a year in profits that bolstered his trafficking efforts, but those have gone up in smoke today.
Emery and his organization had been designated as one of the Attorney General’s most wanted international drug trafficking organizational targets — one of only 46 in the world and the only one from Canada.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars of Emery’s illicit profits are known to have been channeled to marijuana legalization groups active in the United States and Canada. Drug legalization lobbyists now have one less pot of money to rely on. So there you have the head of the DEA Admitting that Marc Emery’s arrest Was Political.
Charles Eddy Lepp is a 52-year old Vietnam vet who looks older. He has had coronary bypass surgery and talks in a rasp. Over the years he has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, manic depression, chronic back pain, skin cancer, and degenerative arthritis. A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction and the 10 year prison sentence for medical marijuana advocate Eddy Lepp. He was accused of growing 32,000 marijuana plants that he insisted were for medical patients and his fellow Rastafarians. The cannabis was grown on his own land in lake County California. Charles, “Eddy” Lepp was sent to prison in 2009 by a federal judge, but became a legend after using the courtroom as a platform for protesting cannabis laws.
Michael Hinckly, Lepp’s lawyer, argued that the 10 year prison sentence for the 57 year old veteran in ill health was disproportionate for the crime. He was deeply disappointed by the appeals court decision and called the thought of Lepp spending 10 years in a prison cell tragic. Please support Eddy Lepp by sending him a card in jail, and fighting for the rights of all cannabis users.
Now these are just two out of the millions of people rotting in a jail cell for a non violent drug offense. these people actually have high profiles that allow there storys to be heard and discussed by major activists groups and social media. But what about all those Jon and Jane Doe’s out there that don’t get herd or discussed about on facebook or twitter. Now I know we hear a lot about the High profile Cannabis prisoners of the drug war, as we should. But There are literally millions of others out there who need a voice and someone to take action on their behalf.
This is why I like the CCHHI 2012 Initiative over all the other initiatives gathering signatures to get on the 2012 Ballot. Because as soon as it is inacted, all California cannabis prisoners will be set free and all marijuana criminal history destroyed. Now that is something I can get really get behind, and if the rest of the Cannabis community Cant, then we are way worse off then I or anyone ever imagined. I mean we sit here begging to see the end of prohibition, Yet we must not forget those already fallen victim to the Drug war.