Another win for Big Alcohol: The Recovering City of Big Bear Lake Council bows to the prison-industrial complex

[ BBOP Comment: There’s a related post at Cactus Thorns.

Liz, didn’t you and your deceased husband once feed yourselves by brokering jailhouse meals?  Still in the business?

Greg, enough with the deceitful propaganda.  Your boss, like Assembly candidate Paul Chabot, is developmentally disabled from childhood trauma due, significantly, to the war on drugs.  Direct him to seek counseling from Law Enforcement Against Prohibition – and become a real cop.

The latest poll shows that the MAJORITY of American want pot legalized, period – not just medical marijuana.  And the DEA was forced to remove its false statements about marijuana from its website when the American Medical Association stepped into the act.  That woman who was pistol-whipped…?  Tell us why, Greg.  What was the assailant after, and why?  A good argument for legalization, would you not say?  As quoted in this Grizzly article, you are a liar, if by omission.  Who, exactly do you represent?

You all SHOULD be red.  Where are those new clothes, Emperor? This is what you and your Brownies serve.

The truth is that legalization is the key to ending drug violence, Eliot Ness. This issue has now become a matter of national security (even if that mattered, in the face of more important PEOPLE).  It is time to eliminate welfare for terrorists.

Your legacies, as will be known to your children and future generations, are a matter of your choice. Stand up, tall and proud, and choose yours. ]

The city of Big Bear Lake is saying no to marijuana dispensaries. During the Dec. 14 City Council meeting, council members unanimously approved two ordinances prohibiting dispensaries within the city limits.

The city’s director of building and planning, Jim Miller, said the ordinances will clarify the city’s stance in prohibiting medical marijuana dispensaries. “(The development code) does have language prohibiting land use in violation of federal law,” Miller said. “We felt it was important to strengthen our municipal code.”

Medical marijuana dispensaries are prohibited by federal law under the Controlled Substances Act. These same dispensaries are legal under the state of California’s Compassionate Use Act. The city of Big Bear Lake does not have specific language in its municipal code regarding medical marijuana dispensaries. The ordinance will clarify local regulation of land use, Miller said.

According to Miller, the city has received several inquiries and one business license application to establish medical marijuana dispensaries within the city limits. The city denied the requests based on Development Code Section 17.01.030 (F) that prohibits land use in violation of federal, state or county plans, regulations or laws.

The City Council also passed a second ordinance that serves as an interim regulation while the municipal code is amended. The interim urgency ordinance places a 45-day moratorium on the establishment and operation of medical marijuana dispensaries. The ordinance can be extended for an additional 10 months and 15 days after public notice and a public hearing.

Miller said in light of recent problems in Los Angeles County and San Diego County, city staff believes it is necessary to immediately address the issue. There seems to be an increase in the potential risk of criminal activities near dispensary sites, according to the staff report. “This has created a lot of controversy,” Miller said.

Capt. Greg Garland of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department urged the City Council to approve the ordinances. “San Diego is going through the same problems that we’ve been reading about in Los Angeles,” Garland said. Recently, a woman was pistol-whipped while inside a San Diego dispensary, he said.

“We’re looking at how other counties are dealing with the rules and regulations,” Garland said. “We just want additional time to research.”

Mayor pro tem Bill Jahn asked why the moratorium couldn’t automatically extend to the full 10 months. Miller explained that state law requires the 45-day moratorium and subsequent expansion.

The moratorium allows city staff to do more research before recommendations are made to amend the municipal code.


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