Sep 142013
 September 14, 2013

medical marijuana ban ventura medicineCannabis Advocates Urge City Council to Form Working Group for Sensible Policy

On Monday, September 16th, 2013 Ventura City Council will reconvene after their break. Medical marijuana patients, providers and advocates will gather in front of city hall at 5pm for the third time in the hopes of stopping the blanket ban proposed by Mayor Mike Tracy in July. The proposed ordinance will affect patients by making it impossible for any professional medical marijuana dispensaries, delivery services or cooperative cultivation to take place within the city.

Members of the Americans for Safe Access Ventura Action Group and concerned community members are asking for sensible regulation and would like to form a working group with government and law enforcement to create compassionate policy while addressing the concerns of both sides of the issue.

Although California voters passed the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, the City of Ventura has made no effort to assure patients have safe access to marijuana for use in the treatment of serious and chronic conditions.

“There may be some medical quality there in the THC, but it seems to me there’d be a better way of dispensing it than a marijuana cigarette” stated Mayor Mike Tracy to KEYT News on July 8th. ASA member and medical marijuana patient Rachel Sedacca responds to the Mayor’s comments “This is exactly the point. Dispensaries are important because that’s where patients can go to get tinctures, edibles and topical salves. It’s clear that the mayor who’s proposing this ban knows little about the issue of marijuana as medicine. We’d like to work together for safe access in Ventura for patients that need it. Most people are familiar with the cannabinoid THC and its psychotropic qualities, but are less familiar with cannabidiol or CBD, which has been used with amazing results, effectively reducing or stopping devastating, relentless seizures for epileptics, crippling spasticity and pain in patients with Multiple Sclerosis, even showing it can shrink tissues of cancerous tumors. However marijuana high in CBD content is just not available on the street because it doesn’t get people “high.” Staffed by professionals, dispensaries offer safe access to patients, assuring quality, consistency and affordability not available on the black market, where patients will be forced to turn if the ban passes.”

The City Council is expected to vote on the ordinance sometime in November, affecting a widely silent portion of the community, reluctant to speak up for fear of retribution, discrimination and social stigma.

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  • Cosmic Jest

    I live in Oxnard, just south of Ventura. Because of all this idiocy, I have to either pay 60 for an 8th from a delivery, or get driven to the valley (can’t drive due to disability) which inconveniences my family members that either work two jobs, or works and goes to school. Storefront dispensaries are sorely needed here, not only for ease of access, but for the local economy. These people in office need to get their heads out their collective asses and give the people what they want and need.

    You wanna remain in office? Listen to the people that elect you, you self-righteous asses!

    • stellarvoyager

      I hope your community is successful in either changing his mind and educating him, or failing that, voting him out of office and replacing him with someone who is easier to work with.

    • im the best

      60 for an 8th? Yeah, that black market Chicago prices minus the delivery. Sorry, I can’t feel sorry for you here. I would just pay it, or go without it.

      • Cosmic Jest

        I usually can get a ride to the valley once a month where they go for 35 an 8th. Also just because 60 is the going price in Chicago doesn’t mean ANYONE should have to pay that much. Not to mention I depend on it to eat, treat my back/spine injures from Iraq, and ptsd/depression (yes, I’m a wreck). Not to mention that not everyone has the means to afford those prices.

        • richard jenkins

          perhaps you vets can organize a nationwide distribution co-operative and your own gardens

        • richard jenkins

          perhaps you vets can organize a nationwide distribution co-operative and your own gardens

      • Cosmic Jest

        I usually can get a ride to the valley once a month where they go for 35 an 8th. Also just because 60 is the going price in Chicago doesn’t mean ANYONE should have to pay that much. Not to mention I depend on it to eat, treat my back/spine injures from Iraq, and ptsd/depression (yes, I’m a wreck). Not to mention that not everyone has the means to afford those prices.

    • zoomover

      Come to Florida, you pay 100 for an 1/8 and hope its good….

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  • Scooby-Doobie-Doobie-Doo

    I am a legal medical pot user and I get drug tested at work. Should I just use stuff like you can find at http://www.drugtest-solutions.com to pass the drug test and avoid any questions or hope they are sensative to my situation? I work at a fast food place. It’s not like I drive a bus or smoke before work.