January 20, 2021 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Santa Monica Should Permit Medical Marijuana: Letter To The Editor:

Dear Editor,

The Santa Monica City Council is on record for denying permits for medical marijuana dispensaries, even though Proposition 215 has been state law for over 16 years.

Our corrupt city council, recently denied Richard McDonald of Golden State Collective a permit to open a lab in Santa Monica, to test the purity and strength of different strains of marijuana for toxicity and potency.

According to City Councilman Bob Holbrook, favorite of out of state developers, “Pot is at least as harmful as tobacco, but more important, it is a precursor drug. I guarantee that anyone who does coke started with pot.”  Shades of “Reefer Madness”; wake up Holbrook and smell the marijuana!

Holbrook deliberately obfuscates the truth by failing to mention how very few people who have tried pot, become heavy users and/or become addicted to hard drugs. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that “there is no conclusive evidence that the drug effects of marijuana are causally linked to the subsequent abuse of other illicit drugs”. Holbrook also neglects to mention the well know fact that cigarettes and alcohol are much more harmful to human health.

Marijuana has been proven to help with debilitating symptoms caused by a number of medical conditions. Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl not only supports legalizing medical marijuana, he has a medical marijuana prescription for neuropathy. I have not smoked marijuana since 1995 because I was drug tested for my profession. I suffer from peripheral neuropathy, a nerve disorder that causes my feet to experience severe pain…

Criminalizing marijuana has driven it underground, making growers and dealers rich and diverting police resources utilized to enforce a victimless law. Voters in Colorado and Washington have passed referendums legalizing marijuana for recreational use, despite out dated federal laws banning the responsible use of cannabis.

I have long campaigned for Santa Monica to close the airport in 2015 and use the hangers to industrial grow medical marijuana.That way the city could not only tax marijuana, remove the middleman from reaping the profits, and monitor that no sales to minors, and other abuses took place!  Properly managed medical marijuana dispensaries can operate safely and taxes on marijuana sales can generate significant revenue, and provide much needed local jobs.

It is very important that there is openness, transparency and oversight so there is no skimming, conflict of interest, cronyism and other unregulated abuses stemming from favoritism in granting licenses, etc.

Jon Mann

Santa Monica

in News
Related Posts

City Council Has Appointed An 11 Member Civilian Police Oversight Commission: Santa Monica Beat – January, 17, 2021

January 19, 2021

January 19, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * City Council Has Appointed An 11 Member Civilian Police Oversight Commission...

Edify TV: Ticketing Maskless Angelenos?

January 19, 2021

January 19, 2021

Los Angeles lawmakers want to fine people for not wearing masks. Learn more in this video made possible by School...

Santa Monica Pier to Close, Farmers Market Shortened for Inauguration Day

January 19, 2021

January 19, 2021

Library curbside service suspended as well By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica is closing the Pier and shortening the farmers market’s...

Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel to Turn Amber as Part of Nationwide COVID-19 Memorial

January 18, 2021

January 18, 2021

Pacific Park joins nationwide COVID-19 memorial Tuesday night By Chad Winthrop The Santa Monica Pier ferris wheel will light up...

Video: 25K New Housing Units in LA?

January 17, 2021

January 17, 2021

With a massive spike in homelessness forecasted, LA lawmakers want to build 25,000 new housing units. Learn more in this...

Edify TV: Overhaul for Canyon Property?

January 15, 2021

January 15, 2021

A unique Santa Monica Canyon property may be getting an overhaul. Learn more in this video made possible by School...

Edify TV: The Westside’s Best Pies

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Here are some of the best pies on the Westside ahead of National Pie Day on January 23. Learn more...

City Council Votes Mayor Himmelrich And Team To Keep Council Positions: Santa Monica Beat – January, 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * City Council Votes Mayor Himmelrich And Team To Keep Council Positions...

65-Year-Old Santa Monica Bakery on Verge of Shutting Down

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Westside Food Scene January 14, 2021 By Kerry Slater 65-Year-Old Santa Monica Bakery on Verge of Shutting Down  A beloved...

Food Review: The Westside’s Insanely Delicious Tijuana Tacos

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Tacos 1986 in Westwood Village stands out amid a crowded taco scene By Kerry Slater In a city filled with...

Santa Monica Pier Closed for Five Days in a Row

January 13, 2021

January 13, 2021

City cites warm weather forecasted for Santa Monica By Sam Catanzaro With temperatures reaching the 80s expected, city officials are...

Edify TV: Westside Kids Compete to Keep Beach Clean

January 12, 2021

January 12, 2021

Westside kids are competing to keep the beach clean! Learn more in this video made possible by Santa Monica College.

Santa Monica Fire Department Rolls Out Vaccinations

January 12, 2021

January 12, 2021

SMFD helps with rollout across county  By Chad Winthrop Beginning this month , Santa Monica Fire Department firefighters and paramedics...

SMC and MLK Westside Coalition’s 36th Annual Celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 12, 2021

January 12, 2021

Mon, Jan 18, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Online Only at 9am on Jan. 18th – Visit: MLKjrWestside.org  The Rev. Dr....