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Yucca Valley, CA - To a packed room in the Community Center came the sick and infirm to plead compassion and fairness of the Yucca Valley Town Council. Only one gave it and that was Mayor Pro-Tem Lori Herbel while the others folded like a house of cheap cards made in China.

The four other councilmen, Mayor Chad Mayes, Frank Luckino, Bill Neeb and George Huntington, gave in to prohibition despite Prop. 215 several years ago which gave this state the right to have medical marijuana. The ever-confused Luckino promised that after the November election making marijuana for sale to all, such as cigarettes are now sold, he “would further study this matter.”

California Alternative Medicinal Solutions (CAMS) has given generously to this community for all the non-profit organizations the town is unwilling to support. Schools and the basin’s only no-kill shelter. With CAMS gone will that mean that all the opposing councilmen will be dipping into their own bank accounts to offer rescue? Hardly.

“If the initiative passes in November,” CAMS Executive Manager, DJ Ross says, “rumor is that most of southern California (Riverside, San Diego, and San Bernardino) are going to be dry counties. The initiative allows each county and city to decide if they to create ordinances to regulate or direct bans to outlaw it in their areas.” Would dry include liquor, then?

On January 17,1920 another prohibition occurred for alcohol which had provided 40% of the income for the U.S. Federal Reserve. Higher income taxes were meant to offset this which was foolish since no one had any jobs during the Great Depression (unless they were counting on people selling apples on street corners to raise the economy). So the 18th Amendment was reversed on December 5th, 1933 and people were allowed once again to become happy drunks and get cirrhosis of the liver as was their right to do so. But while people can keep drinking until they die from alcohol poisoning, no one has ever died from smoking too much marijuana.

Like the Reverend Billy Sunday, Luckino patted his chest to offer insincere sympathy for the cancer victims present who pleaded with the council not to make them drive all the way into Palm Springs for their prescriptions. But using his relatives again for an excuse, Luckino claimed he had attended a young nephew’s funeral years ago to an overdose (alcohol and other drugs besides marijuana). Councilmen Huntington, Neeb and Mayes followed suit, like lemmings, in their rejection of maintaining the voter’s choice in keeping CAMS a vital and necessary part of Yucca Valley. Sad, because even the American Indians have been using this natural herb for centuries longer than Europeans came to shove the pharmaceutical products down everyone’s throats.

With all the evils said about marijuana by this ignorant Council, did these men forget that Michael Jackson, Anna Nicole Smith, Heath Ledger, and Brittany Murphy among many others died from legal prescriptions? They also tried to pass the buck by blaming regulated marijuana dispensaries on the FDA (Federal Drug Administration).

Councilwoman Herbel asked the council three times to make their position clear so that she would not be voting the wrong way, since voting ‘yes’ on something is voting ‘no’ on something else which is confusing to anyone. She wanted to make sure that CAMS would be able to stay within this community since it is the only one in this huge county of San Bernardino.

Should area residents, like Gilbert Quinn who is 81, be forced to battle the meth addicts and kids buying black tar heroin at the high schools just to find some pain relief buying marijuana?

Of the thousands of prescribed patients able to receive medical marijuana and people who might not otherwise come to this area, would bring much needed revenue to local businesses, but no. The cash strapped town voted ‘no’ to letting CAMS help this town thrive, by voting ‘yes’ on a moratorium.

Without CAMS, means that those in pain must huddle around the drug dealers by the places who do provide it in town? The public schools and a certain corner in Paradise Valley? With black tar heroin and meth being Yucca Valley’s primary drug problems, CAMS is hardly a threat to their cultured lifestyle.

But once again the town of Yucca Valley likes to shoot itself in the foot!

By Barbara Renton, reporter Desert Valley Star/American Free Journal

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  1. govcodesearch govcodesearch says:

    the problem as i see it is…Arent dispesaries suppose to NOT BE MAKING A PROFIT???? so donating away the profits does not in any way set (this) potshop up as a legal entity under the CUA. When I voted for prop 215 I did NOT vote to leaglize a druglord to provide higher cost drugs to my family members that were grown by cartels on public lands.Further, on June 24,2010 San Diego drafted an ordinance to attempt to regulate dispensaries. Also, calling the City to ask about the meeting revealed that there IN FACT WAS NO vote to close the pot shop down. Until Aug when the ordinance is read the decision on what to do with the place will not be discussed. My guess is the potshop and its owners are misleading everyone as to the outcome of the meeting because pissed off people fight more than those not so pissed off. The town was at a position where the moraturium was ending. No further extension could be granted. With the outcome of many IE cities still having shops open, the only recourse the council had was to adopt a ban to buy time for the outcome of Qualified patients VS Anaheim. If nothing was in place to protect the city then any number of businesses could open up. Leaving the potshop and adopting a ban was a (wise) political move to buy more time. REFERENCES POSTED BELOW

    San Diego County regulates marijuana dispensaries
    By The Associated Press

    Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 6:31 a.m.

    The Board of Supervisors on Wednesday ruled that dispensaries in unincorporated county areas must be located at least 1,000 feet from homes, schools, playgrounds and churches. Officials say that leaves 16 available sites.

    The dispensaries also must be licensed – at a cost of up to $20,000 each – undergo inspections, have security and keep precise records of transactions.

    Dispensaries have proliferated since California voters passed an initiative in 1996 permitting marijuana use for medical reasons.

    Supervisors sued to overturn the law in 2006 but lost. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case last year.

    Cartels linked to marijuana dispensary killings
    June 28, 2010
    http://www.brisbane times.com. au/world/ cartels-linked- to-marijuana- dispensary- killings- 20100627- zc37.html

    LOS ANGELES: The killings of two marijuana dispensary workers just five hours and nine kilometres apart have triggered a police investigation to determine whether they were linked and have rattled advocates of the medical use of marijuana.
    Two Los Angeles police officials said the killings on Thursday appeared to be unrelated.
    But the Los Angeles County sheriff, Lee Baca, sought to link them to violent drug gangs.
    Sherrif Baca, who was attending a news conference to oppose an initiative on the November ballot seeking the legalisation of marijuana, said: ”It’s one thing to go in and put a gun in the face of a person who’s running a commercial establishment and ask him for the money. It’s a totally different thing assassinating the person that you’re robbing. That, to me, is very cartel-ish in its style.”
    The killings could revive the debate over whether medical marijuana dispensaries make their neighbourhoods unsafe, although police could recall only one other killing at a dispensary. They come as Los Angeles is trying to shut down about 400 illegal dispensaries and exert control over approved outlets.
    Police said dispensaries were lucrative targets because they did a lot of cash business. The killings rattled medical marijuana collective operators and patient advocates.
    ”I’m just a little bit worried that people in our community are being targeted,” said Cheryl Aichele, a medical marijuana patient and advocate who organised an evening candlelight vigil outside The Higher Path, where Matthew Butcher, 27, was shot dead.
    Unlike in the Higher Path killing, no drugs or money appeared to have be taken in the attack at Hollywood Holistic 2, where a worker was stabbed to death.

    19,000 Marijuana Plants Confiscated In LancasterLANCASTER, Calif. (CBS) ―

    The Sheriff’s Department eradicated more than 19,000 marijuana plants at an illegal grow site in the Angeles National Forest southwest of Lancaster, deputies said in a statement Saturday.

    Detectives with the sheriff’s Narcotics Bureau hiked into the forest on Friday to get to the grow site, sheriff’s Capt. Mike Parker said.

    They found a tarp-covered cooking and camping shelter, as well as fertilizers and rodent poisons that are destructive to native plants and animals.

    The illegal crops, with a street value estimated at more than $39 million, were located on public forest land south of state Route N2, Parker said.

    The operation on Friday was one of six eradication efforts by the Sheriff’s Department on federally-managed public lands in Los Angeles County since May 21.

    In the past five weeks, deputies have destroyed more than 85,000 marijuana plants with an estimated street value greater than $170 million, Parker said.

    Two Calif. Deputies Injured in Fall Off Cliff

    Posted: Thursday, June 24, 2010
    Updated: June 24th, 2010 12:40 PM GMT-05:00


    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. —
    A deputy was injured as he fell off a cliff, pulling another deputy with him during a marijuana grow raid.
    In the early morning hours of Tuesday, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Major Violators Unit and Kern Narcotics Enforcement Team were attempting to serve a search warrant for a marijuana grow in the remote area of Bald Mountain, in the Havilah area.
    During the hike into the area, deputies said that one of the deputies lost his traction while crossing a large boulder and cliff.
    The deputy began sliding down the boulder.
    A second deputy sheriff, Reed Lovan, attempted to rescue him by grabbing the falling deputys backpack, according to the Kern County Sheriff’s Department.
    The momentum of the falling deputy pulled both deputies downward, off of the 30 foot cliff, the KCSD reported.
    Lovan sustained a broken ankle and leg and a shoulder injury as a result of the fall.
    Sheriff’s helicopter, Air Five, extracted Lovan from the ravine where he had fallen.
    Lovan was transfered to Kern Medical Center.
    The other deputy was rescued but was not seriously injured.
    The remaining deputy sheriffs served the search warrant and said they located a large clandestine marijuana grow.
    Deputies said they seized and destroyed over 17,000 marijuana plants.
    Deputies said the suspects fled prior to deputies entering into the marijuana grow.
    Copyright 2010 by TurnTo23.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

    Florida parents investigated after posting photo of baby with bong on Facebook


    It’s a photo that is spreading across the Internet drawing outcry and criticism. It’s also captured the attention of the Florida Department of Children and Families. The family is from Keystone Heights, Florida and the photo, posted to Facebook, shows an-11 month- old baby holding a bong to his mouth.

    The photo was submitted anonymously, with a link to the online site where it was originally located, to News 4 Jax.

    Florida Department of Children and Families spokesperson John Harrell spoke to News 4 Jax and said, “We are alarmed that any parent would take pictures of their child next to what is obviously drug paraphernalia.”
    Channel 4’s report says that the mother is 19 years old and defended posting the photo by saying it was only a joke.

    Speaking to channel 4 via Facebook she stated, “If u look at the picture u can see that there is no bowl in the TABACCO (sic) pipe. And i took a pic to show one (expletive) person and it was a mistake. I would never ever ever let him get high.”

    Now that the investigation is ongoing, the mother sent a second message, stating that those concerned about the welfare of her baby were acting ‘stupid.’
    She wrote, “Do you realize how serious this is? i can go to jail and he can be taken away from me. WHY would you do something so (expletive) stupid? i know what i did was stupid but i would NEVER put by baby in harm. im (sic) so nice to everyone idk (I don’t know) why you would do this to me.”

    The mother is scheduled for a drug test tomorrow and the baby will undergo a thorough examination. If she is found to have drugs in her system, she will face legal consequences and more than likely the baby would be removed from the home.

    DCF workers confirmed to Channel 4 News that they have made two prior visits to the home in question.

    http://www.vvdailypress.com/news/sales-14502-vvdailypress-closed-victorville.html'Medical marijuana’ facility closed for illegal sales

    September 16, 2009 4:31 PM
    VICTORVILLE • Officials seized about $20,000 in marijuana and cash from a Victorville home that had medical marijuana certificates after investigators learned they were selling the drug to persons without prescriptions, authorities said.

    San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Victorville station deputies Osvaldo Pelayes and Brent Wood served a search warrant at a home in the 14700 block of Arabian Run Lane and found $3,000 in cash, scales, a gun and a total of 26 marijuana plants on Monday afternoon, said Karen Hunt, spokeswoman for the Victorville station.

    The growers kept the 20 small plants and six mature plants in a part of the transformed master bedroom, authorities confirmed.

    No arrests were made, but officials did forward the case to the District Attorney’s Office.

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  2. Branson Hunter Branson Hunter says:

    Good thing Axax isn’t on a crusade against things that are really dangerous to society like tobacco or alcohol, if she were to post all the alcohol related deaths, the entire Internet would fail.

  3. Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

    Branson, are you saying you are willing to do a do over of Prohibition?

    • Branson Hunter Branson Hunter says:

      I’m saying PROPOSITION 215, the California Compassionate Use Act, Section 11362.5 of the Health and Safety Code and the accompanying Senate Bill is not a problem with me. Should the people of California elect to tax the plant via recreational legalization, that is not a cause of alarm for me.

      Don’t assume anything.

      • govcodesearch govcodesearch says:

        except SB420 cannot be held as legal or binding since a voter proposition (CUA 215) cannot be ammended by anything other than the voters.

  4. govcodesearch govcodesearch says:

    actually bansen bunter- I am agaisnt those things as well as the K2 presently sold at our tobacco shops. If the article had been about prohibiting either of those I would have chimed in as well–but alas- that was my grandmothers fight–”DAMN DEVIL’S PUKE” as she calls it. 97 years old still kicking and still saying it was a mistake to allow anyone to freely partake in the drink. But when we ended prohibiton we didnt just let the winos on the street rake in profits from the moonshine on their back porch.

  5. govcodesearch govcodesearch says:


    State appeals court backs Sonoma County pot rules

    By The Associated Press
    Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 3:17 p.m.

    SAN FRANCISCO — A state appeals court order reinstating a Sonoma County ordinance regulating medical marijuana dispensaries has put the future of at least a half-dozen pot clubs into question.
    California’s First Appellate District Court in San Francisco said the ordinance could go back into effect pending a final ruling.

    The decision Thursday puts aside a 2009 lower court ruling that struck down the ordinance, which requires permits and sets rules for dispensaries.

    At least six dispensaries have opened up in unincorporated parts of the county since Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Robert Boyd ruled the 2007 ordinance invalid.

    County officials have said they believe those dispensaries are operating illegally but said the county had not decided what action to take following the court order.

    The Associated Press

  6. govcodesearch govcodesearch says:


  7. Mark Clemons mark-clemons says:

    What’s going to happen to the ca economy after pot legalization, it has been the number one valued crop in this state for years due to the price protection it gets from law enforcement? Are we going to have 4 finger bags for $ 10 bucks like in the sixties? I guess it grows like weed.

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