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