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Do You Want Pot Shops in Santa Monica?

Community meeting to share your thoughts with city planners on whether to allow medical marijuana dispensaries is next week.

City planners are asking the community if they want to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in Santa Monica.

And, if so, how they should be regulated: should there be a cap on the number allowed to operate in the city? Should there be a required distance from schools? What hours should they operate? Should they be allowed to cultivate the plants on site?

A community meeting for residents to voice their opinions is set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday in Santa Monica's main library, at 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

"It's an open book," said principal planner Paul Foley.

There's currently an "emergency" moratorium on pot shops in Santa Monica.

See: Santa Monica Says No Permits for Pot Shops

City staffers have previously called the operations  a "risk to the public peace, health and safety."

They have told the City Council they need time to research their regulatory options, especially when it comes to conflicting state and federal laws, before the put any rules on the books.

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Brenda Barnes February 07, 2013 at 01:43 AM
I can't go (so sorry--not), so I hope you get your good questions answered, Jon.
Jon Mann February 10, 2013 at 12:32 AM
I attended the medical marijuana public meeting at the Santa Monica library. As usual, it was just another token PR sham to dupe residents into thinking the city wanted our input. There were 5 people from city planning and maybe 20 attendees. Several were pot entrepreneurs probably looking to be chosen to operate in Santa Monica. Karen O'Keefe from mpp.org (Marijuana Project) was there; I think she is a lobbyist. There was one elderly woman who was conce...rned about 2nd hand smoke and another woman who teaches at SMASH. Jerry Rubin was there as usual, cozying up to Kevin McKeown who said he was only there to listen. I introduced myself as the only candidate for City Council who has long campaigned for Santa Monica to close the airport in 2015, and use the hangers to industrial grow medical marijuana. That way the city could remove the middleman and reap ALL the profits from growing, selling and taxing marijuana. Properly managed, a city owned medical marijuana dispensary can operate safely and professionally. Profits on marijuana sales can generate significant revenue, and provide much needed local jobs.
Jon Mann February 10, 2013 at 12:32 AM
Creating a new model for socializing medical marijuana is a golden opportunity for the city to hire doctors with the integrity to determine who was qualified for a 215 prescription, provide a lab and technicians to test the purity and strength of different strains of marijuana for toxicity and potency, and security staff to monitor that the facility was safe and no sales to minors and other abuses took place! It was too Utopian a concept for most to comprehend, especially those who wanted the profit for themselves. The argument against it was that is was against federal law. I feel that our city must not allow its sovereignty to continue to be overruled by county, state and federal entities. What is Obama going to do; arrest the city council? We need to recall the entire council and replace them with people who have no links to any special interests, or are employed by the school district, etc. If I was on the council I would stand up to the Attorney General AND the FAA.
Brenda Barnes February 11, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Your comment, Jon, makes me realize as long as we have them--who would not even post who their contributors were in a way people could find it, when future perks and current and future jobs are the main reasons they are developers' lapdogs--you're never going to have transparency, accountability, honesty, no kickbacks and cronyism in awarding contracts. No plan would work if this Council administered it.
Brenda Barnes February 11, 2013 at 06:20 PM
So true, Jon. Getting money out of politics starts at home.

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