Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Genis Provides A Draft Of The Marijuana Ordinance

THE "MARY JANE" ORDINANCE
On her blog, La Femme Wonkita, HERE, former mayor and current councilwoman Sandra Genis provides us with a peek at a draft of the proposed Medical Marijuana ordinance, apparently ginned up by councilman Gary Monahan and contract City Attorney Tom Duarte and his staff, that may appear on the council meeting agenda on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 for consideration of placement on the November ballot.

VALID CONCERNS
I agree with many of the concerns Genis brings up on her blog.  Additionally, there seems to be no limit to the number of dispensaries or cultivating operations in the city.  It's a long draft, so maybe I overlooked it.

INTERESTING TIMING
She's correct - so far we've had NO official notification of this being on the agenda and the time to prepare comments on it and, if three members of the city council pass it, precious little time to prepare ballot positions on it.

"TRANSPARENCY"? - HA! 
Transparency exists only in theory in Costa Mesa, and only when it seems to meet specific agendas by certain council members.  The rest of us are left to try to understand what's happening while blindfolded!

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10 Comments:

Anonymous Mike McNiff said...

There's a lot of new high-density development in town, and those folks are going to need to get their ganja, er, I mean medicine. Maybe they can put a dispensary in each development, or maybe that's what type of business can open in those work/live joints (pun intended).

7/30/2014 10:32:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Those units on Industrial Way could use their rooftop patios as grow sites and the "product" could be sold from the first floor "work" unit.

7/30/2014 11:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike McNiff said...

We should go into business together, Geoff. Heck, it's going to be legal recreationally sooner than later anyway. Why do you think Skosh and Fitzy are trying to get the jump on everyone?

7/30/2014 01:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Ken Nyquist said...

Geoff....

There really are people who are actually helped by medical weed...It is just a fact...The VA doctors I have seen for 30 years or more, recommend it for cronic migraine, MS and many other ailments, including PSTD, and it does work...

I put this draft ordinance through my excellent legal department (me) to see what it says...

There is no actual limit to the number of sites, although they are restricted to specific areas, distances apart and no the units on Industrial Way do not qualify, without a CUP issued by the Grand Loadie himself, CEO whomever..

The new Director of the "City Office of Cultivation Standards and Quality Control" seems to be able to come on over to your place and test the stuff out in your living room, or at City Hall...But you need to be 20 feet away from a vent or door etc..

The new Director and staff need to be allowed to get loaded all day, for quality control,to test strains, recommend strains, to ensure that the training and testing of new employees of dispensaries, know how to use the product.

The COOCSAQC will have recommended city authorized strains...

Hell the COOCSAQC has the authority to violate all HIPPA laws,California law, your civil rights, and require any patient to register with the COOCSAQC, and the CMPD Chief, as well as George Orwell...

There must be 24 hour a day cameras everywhere, kept on file for 30 days, so that your bathroom habits can be viewed at all times.

A private security guard with no weapons must be present to make sure the robbers can kill everyone inside when robbing the place..

A Rite Aid Pharmacist who followed this proposed ordinance would lose their license...

Funny how the COOCSAQC sounds like something I used to call my old neighbor that I hated...

Reads to me as though the CEO, Planning Commissioners and the City Council are going into the weed biz and wrote the rules to help them find the best strains and dealers around...

Getting weed legally in Costa Mesa is really difficult, but you can walk into any bar,any liquor store, any Pharmacy, get hammered, drive home and no one says a damn thing, until you run over somebody..

Like weed or not, agree or disagree, this ordinace is 20 percent real, and 80 percent written for a few people around town.

The Collective can't own a bar or a place that sells alchohol...Big deal...The owner of a collective does not have to put a liquor license in the name of a collective...Duh...I only know two people who own a bar in Costa Mesa...They both smoke weed...

We both know who is going in the Biz...

7/30/2014 01:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Arthur Nern said...

Am I the only one not surprised that Monahan and Fitzpatrick are allegedly interested in pot?

7/30/2014 03:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Casual Viewer said...

When I voted to approve medical marijuana, I thought it would be sold at pharmacies like any other prescription. Didn't see the proliferation of pot shops and the ease with which some individuals get prescriptions.

7/30/2014 05:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

Arthur, have you ever noticed Gary's eyes when he wanders into a cc meeting? You can't convince me he's not already testing the product, and has been for awhile.

I'm actually in favor of weed, however, I'm voting no on this if it goes on the ballot because I don't like the cc calling the shots on businesses. I do not think out council needs to be in the pot business.

7/30/2014 08:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Eleanor Egan said...

My question is whether we can approve MJ dispensaries and not open the door for drug cartels and other major criminals. If the answer is Yes, I want to know how. If the answer is no, allowing the dispensaries would be a disaster.

7/30/2014 08:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Skeptical in Costa Mesa said...

Interesting thing happened last evening. A very odd women came to my door with the county voter registration list. She wanted my wife and I to sign a petition to allow CM residents the ability to vote on if we should have pot shops in town. Sounds like another CMCC Fire, Aim, Ready thing?

7/31/2014 08:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

Skeptical, you are absolutely right. Its not been put on the ballot yet, and here they are gathering signatures. So, Righeimer will approve the process, huh?

Vote no on the weed, no on the stupid charter, and vote NO on anyone whose name starts with "R",

8/01/2014 06:46:00 PM  

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