Are Recreational Users Hijacking LA's Pot Clinics?

Councilmember Josè Huizar and ERNC President Michael Larsen tell the New York Times California's cannabis laws are being misused.


Click here to read the full story on the New York Times—and post your comments below.

mark October 09, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Ok first of all angled street parking on colorado, and some extra trash cans, might just take care of complaints of parking in the neighborhoods and littering. My point being that maybe it would be better/easier to address the symptoms of MMJ rather than tackle the whole right/wrong issue. Who couldn't use more parking and less litter. I mean some people obviously feel that smoking marijuana is fine and presents no moral problem. Other people clearly feel that it is evil and should be outlawed and banished from our neighborhood. Personally I'd like to see it legalized and taxed and have the whole "medical" part just taken out of the equation. However I can see how somebody like Michael objects to ER becoming one big dispensary. Heck I don't want to live in "that neighborhood" where every stoner goes to get their weed. Plus if we are going to discuss real medical dangers and health effects.... we really need to address fast food, which also is responsible for way more litter than MMJ. Maybe if we are concerned about people's health we should try to limit the size of sodas like NYC.
bbkong October 09, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Hi Mark. I agree with you about the "medical" aspect of weed. A lot of Americans do, about 57% last I checked, and it's making it's way through the courts and state legislatures as we speak. It will happen eventually because we can't just put everyone who enjoys it in jail. Angled parking on Colorado probably won't fly. If you go up to the car wash around the crush hour you can count the number of cars that turn left up to Hill Drive off Wilson. It would surprise you. Impeding traffic down on the Blvd would just increase that flow, so I wouldn't bet on it happening. People who litter will throw there trash on the ground no matter how many trashcans you put out. Trashy people do trashy things. Finally, limiting the size of sodas and other laws like it are nanny state issues. People who want a large soda will just get two. And probably throw the cups on the ground. hehe The best way to fight back on fast foods is to not support them. Eating right actually makes you feel better.
Rob Schraff October 10, 2012 at 02:41 AM
A better headline for this article might be: "Were California voters smart enough to legalize marijuana as medication, thwarting the Federal Government in the interests of liberty?" Of course, this would mean the "farce" is people like Huizar, Larsen and Trutanich and their tired old reefer madness rants. Also amusing to see the New York Times is just as confused as newbie Michael Larsen as to the location of Eagle Rock.
Rob Schraff October 10, 2012 at 02:48 AM
So why did the council repeal their ban, Mr. Larsen? Maybe because they don't want to have a real election (with their offices and $190K salaries on the line)? I think we can conclude that 50,000 signatures and a citywide election are real democracy, not the corrupt joke that the neighborhood council system has become over the last years. But with any luck, the controversy will draw more than 50 (that's right, fifty) or so voters (truly pathetic, and hardly democratic, Mr. Larsen) to the next ERNC election.
Rob Schraff October 10, 2012 at 03:05 AM
@Micahel Larsen - In the long run, the Feds also aren't going to get the job done. Then who will you go tattle and whine to?


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