May 112013
 

closed medical marijuana dispensary dispensaries california supreme courtBy Barry Blunt

On Monday, California’s Supreme Court unanimously (7-0) ruled against compassion, giving cities and counties the carte blanche to place outright bans on any and all dispensaries within their borders. This decision has immediate consequences for countless business owners, employees, and, above all else, medical marijuana patients throughout California that will now have no legal, feasible way to access their medication.

Needless to say, this inane ruling is a devastating blow to Los Angeles’ medical marijuana community, and, on a grander scale, sets back our nation’s long term goal of legalization. When California made history in 1996 by legalizing medical marijuana through California’s Compassionate Use Act, the future seemed full of potential. Yet, 17 years later, the same government that approved this law now does everything it can to hinder it, and the myth of reefer madness continues to carry weight.

WeedMaps CEO Justin Hartfield, cannabis activist extraordinaire and a board member of NORML and the MPP released this poignant statement on the raids:

“We are extremely disappointed with the California Supreme Court’s decision, as hundreds of thousands of California residents rely on legal access to medical marijuana for various chronic health conditions. The court’s ruling puts power in the hands of people who don’t understand the medicinal value of marijuana and the positive effect it has on patient outcomes. Additionally, if cities ban marijuana dispensaries, cannabis prices would surely rise as patients would be forced to go underground or find elicit means to purchase medical marijuana.

“Today’s State Supreme Court decision violates the true intent of California’s Compassionate Use Act of 1996 and the Medical Marijuana Program, which makes marijuana accessible to residents with a doctor’s prescription.

“Our company will continue to be at the forefront of this issue, educating the general public and local authorities on the benefits of medical cannabis from both a health perspective, as well as its potential economic impact on state revenues, which can help serve as a catalyst for leading the way to legalizing marijuana nationwide.”

Medical Marijuana is, obviously, by all means legal in the state of California.  But local governments can-now on demand-call up the DEA to “take out their trash” and rid them of the lurking evil that dispensaries represent to the ignorant. The constant disconnect between state, local, and federal law-both in California and other progressive Medical Marijuana states.

And real people suffer because of decisions made by backwards, conservative government officials living in the past. Here’s the words of one patient who spoke out on WeedMaps Facebook page:

 ”ripped my heart out yesterday when I made my monthly trip to stock up on my meds when I found out all my garden grove dispensaries are forced to close Friday. thanks for your compassion federal government. glad to see you care about the people who voted you into your positions. when drug cartels are better funded due to this, YOU ARE TO BLAME, NOT US!!!!”

He’s not alone. Patients in cities including Santa Ana, Garden Grove, San Bernardino, Long Beach, Costa Mesa, Riverside, and many, many more now have no choice but to turn to the natural-and highly illegal-alternative: The Black Market.

Even in Colorado-a state where marijuana is completely legal-the state’s government is doing anything in its power to prevent cannabis from progressing. They’re planning to elevate taxes north of 30%, implementing weed DUIs for anyone that so much as puffs a joint, and prohibiting the sale of cannabis magazines in local stores.

Like the recent decision in California, these efforts will sustain drug cartels and illegal activity, all while hindering safe and logical access to medical marijuana. And while it takes away jobs from compassionate people, it allows the DEA and activist groups to hand out jobs and fill up their pockets by the minute.

These combined factors set legalization efforts back, and exemplify how long a way we have to go before we see federally legal weed. While the majority of our nation supports legalization, this majority does not go out to vote enough for the plant they love, nor do they hold enough positions of power in state, local, and federal government positions. This all must change.

Sometimes you have to take steps backwards to take step forwards. While this tragic development in Southern California along with Colorado’s conservative laws are big steps backwards, it is now the industry and the patients’ job to fight for our rights to ensure we come back stronger than ever.

Source: Marijuana.Com

Print Friendly

About Johnny Green

Johnny Green is a marijuana activist from Oregon. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy. Follow Johnny Green on Facebook and Twitter. Also, feel free to email any concerns.
  • http://twitter.com/cannabis_school Washington Cannabis

    all this is because fighting is not in a cannabis user’s system. we get high and say fuck it. well, now we’re fucked!!! WE THE PEOPLE can change all this and the government knows this. we are peaceful people and the government knows this, too. Trust me, if we really needed our medicine, we would have it. But all this bs is going around and they are going out of their way to make sure we are miserable and we keep supporting the cartels because WE THE PEOPLE are NOT fighting for our rights. so they are running through us and all around us. WE THE PEOPLE, are enabling all this to go on, when we decide to take our rights and our country back, WE WILL!!!!

    • Preacher

      It’s this kind of stupid that can make a non violent person go postal ! I know im having trouble staying balanced because of this shit.

    • http://www.facebook.com/linda.a.reynolds1 Linda A Reynolds

      as someone with true medical needs, I have to depend on others to fight. I do what I can online and the rest of the time I am dealing with constant nerve pain. I am now at a point where I have to depend on the rest of the mj community to keep fighting. You don’t want to get where I’m at and not be able to legally obtain the one thing that helps your pain.

  • cherie

    What is new ? You can c now how Hitler did everything legally they are organized carminals they all profits when innocent we the people loses , they are better than Mafia them shit in barbarians Marin family court !!! !!! We are not done yet !!

    • Bob

      Are you fucking retarted, ever heard of proof reading you dumb shit

      • nugger

        You mean fucking retarded ! Right!?$

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Thomas/100002651451924 John Thomas

    This is the final wake-up call for all the California marijuana consumers that blindly followed their dispensary’s advice to vote against Prop 19.

    Once and for all – Medical Marijuana Patients Will NEVER Be Safe Until We Re-legalize marijuana for ALL adults!

    To you greedy growers – SHAME ON YOU! The suffering is now largely on your heads.

    Vote, and fight for, ALL legalization initiatives!

    • The Grim Reefer

      I lived in Humboldt for several years, I never seen such a community of money grubbing
      punk ass bitches motivated by greed instead of compassion.

      • Sage

        I agree Grim, It hurt my heart so bad to see the greed of the Humboldt Nation, People had me believing that they were growing for the truly sick and needy. All the growers I met were in it for the money and nothing else, fake scripts at the grow sites, moldy buds and a monoculture
        of worn out genetics. And most of the bud is being shipped to the midwest and east coast for top dollar. They abuse a system most states would kill to have!

  • firetheliberals

    We have dea letters to dispensaries up here in washington which is a nuisance, but the state seems to be progressing fine with ruled due out in july for public comment. We’ll see what the cities do. It is writtenbin I 502 that the cities have right of refusal which is the same for alcohol. We’ll see.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Thomas/100002651451924 John Thomas

      Maybe the cities should be allowed to ban them, but not the counties. That just carpet-bombs marijuana consumers.

      Thank Gaia, for Washington State and Colorado. If the Inquisition goons will just let these ‘laboratories of democracy” show what happens, the witch-hunt will be over.

      • Johnny oneye

        true ! they act like they can afford it!
        they cant stop the cats out of the bag
        they shut 1 down 5 more open!

  • Joey

    “and many, many more now have no choice but to turn to the natural-and highly illegal-alternative: The Black Market.”

    Highly illegal Black Market? No different then MMJ dispensaries.
    The owner and workers of the MMJ shops are not doing anything different
    then the Black Market. Same thing except the Black Market don’t have a storefront so now it’s back to the streets.

    • http://www.facebook.com/linda.a.reynolds1 Linda A Reynolds

      and with the black market you have little control over what you get – with dispensaries – you have a choice of indica’s, sativas etc. On the BM, not so much at all.

  • THEE 420

    PROP 19 WILL BE THE DAGGER …. THEY NEVER PULL OUT . SO MANY GREEDY GROWERS IN CALIFORNIA ….. IN COLORADO WERE HAPPY WITH 6 PLANT LIMIT ( NOT 100 PLANTS ). CHANGE PLANT LIMITS OVER THERE …. MOST OF THE TROUBLE WILL END.

  • Johnny oneye

    1 step forward 2 steps back
    they cant afford the drug war yet they keep going back to reefer madness.
    19 states now have some access to medicinal cannabis after 25 things will change .

  • http://www.facebook.com/gdelgadobraun Giancarlos Delgado-Braun

    maybe if the legalization efforts actually TRIED to spread the word in the Central Valley, instead of just SF and LA, we wouldn’t have this problem….

  • http://www.facebook.com/linda.a.reynolds1 Linda A Reynolds

    I wonder how much of the negative feelings about California’s medical marijuana laws and dispensing has to do with just about ANYONE of the age of 18 can get a MMJ card with no problem. California’s lax laws had a direct effect on NJs MMJ laws – when they were finally passed. The governor of NJ (Christie) stated that “NJ will NOT become like California”. They made the law and the access so strict as to be useless. Don’t get me wrong – I think mj should be legal for everyone over 21 but when a state implements a MEDICAL mj law and then gives out a mmj card to 20 yr. olds with “anxiety” and ppl with minor issues – it led to a complete abuse of the MEDICAL mj system and dispensaries popped up everywhere. Those who seriously need mmj (like myself) are the ones who suffer. The old thought that we will get them to accept MMJ and then we will work towards legalization backfired – simply because the law (and it’s intent) was abused. I am 63 and have no access to easily dispensed MMJ. My medical situation is deteriorating and I live in constant pain. I always felt that MMJ was for people like myself. I have been through all of the opiods, therapies etc. and so far, mj is my only relief. Because California ran with the MMJ law and made it so simple for anyone to get a card … this is the repercussions. Too many ppl thought medical mj was mj being made legal and that was NOT the intent of the law. I hope I live to see it just as legal as alcohol. Until then, if you have mmj laws then it MUST be for people who have a true medical need. Or the government will keep intervening and those who really need it are not able to have access to it unless they break the law.

    • IvanTheTerrible

      yeah it’s pretty sad when you see a crap ton of able-bodied 18+ yr olds all going to crooked doctors so they can smoke dope. This is NOT what the law was for and they abused the right given by the law, hence the jacked up consequences. Nice job. Always a bunch of shit heads that have to ruin for the those who TRULY need it.

  • skylerbob8

    Ha Ha, yes only the most potent mj therefore the most addictive should ever be sold, sorry to hear that such an addicting drug has been kept from you by the federal government. those bastards. your level of pissed offness is proportional to the level of addiction you are at. Johnny Green just gets greener, I mean richer off you addicts.

  • skylerbob8

    No prescription, no dosage, no control, just random fuckin stoners pissed that they can’t operate in the gray, while in a fog.

    • JC1955

      This statement is made from someone who is totally ignorant of the use of Marijuana, I have suffered from Chronic pain for 13 years, my doctors have tried every kind of pain med they can to alleviate the pain, even a very high dose of Oxycontin, There are nights I am awake all night with the pain and at most get an average of 2 hours sleep a night. The only thing that has helped me sleep at night and blank off the pain has been a small piece of a marijuana brownie, I have not become addicted to it and do not suffer horrible side effects that I suffer with the pain meds the doctors keep giving me. So before you make a stupid statement like this you need to think about the real people who are suffering and not the people who abuse the system. you make marijuana illegal I will not longer be able to control my pain and lead a somewhat normal life, but the so called stoners and junkies you talk about will still have access to it through other sources and will still be stoners and junkies, so it is the real people you are hurting, not the abusers!