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Yes on S –Vote for the Rights of Individuals and Small Business to Prosper

Marijuana growers, retailers, and consumers are our neighbors and tax paying citizens. They deserve the same respect and rights to prosper as anyone else in our state and country.

Throughout California there are local initiatives on the ballots to ease restrictions on the sale and use of marijuana. In Imperial Beach we have Prop S. The state has already established states' rights for California farmers, retailers and consumers.

Now it is time for local governments to allow the free market to prosper. Passing these initiatives is a giant step toward economic recovery, states' rights, and the rights of small businesses and individuals.

Laws or restrictions on the individual and business should only be imposed if the costs to self or society outweigh any benefits.

Like wine, marijuana can be grown all over the world, but California is blessed with an ecosystem that produces the finest and most expensive weed on the market. This is a multimillion dollar industry that contributes 5 percent to state tax and any local taxes imposed.

There are no 'weed Wal-Marts' selling merchandise from China and taking profits out of our state.

Marijuana producers are our neighbors. They take care of their families, and they deserve the same rights and dignity as any other farmer in our state. They work hard and invest their money. They have the right to grow and sell their produce and to live without fear of governmental or personal persecution.

The customers that shop in stores are tax paying citizens and members of our community. Yes, there is a growing demographic of people that are using marijuana instead of pills or chemicals for their illnesses.

Good for them.

The immediate and long term side effects of marijuana use are minimal. Man-made products can be deadly and often produce physical and emotional side effects that are worse than the original illness.

But the rest of the customers that purchase marijuana are simply adults of legal age.

In this country we are free men. We do not need a reason or 'doctors excuse' to live our lives as we choose. We want the same safety & convenience to purchase marijuana that we have with any other product we choose to consume. The short and long term effects of marijuana to self and society are far less than that of booze or tobacco. Congress has never had the right or power to create restrictions that infringe on the individual rights of man.

Retail stores pay rent, insurance, utilities, taxes, and hire employees. The profit is generated in our state and stays in our state. Marijuana is far less harmful to self and society than booze. A weed store should be burdened with no more restrictions than a liquor store.

Government officials suggest that crime will go up if there are marijuana stores, but removing marijuana from the streets will have the opposite effect. Weed stores separate the legitimate producer, retailer, and consumer from the criminals. This will allow law enforcement to better utilize their resources and focus on hard-core crime.

Opposition to marijuana initiatives are primarily from individuals and agencies that are funded with tax payer dollars. Government agencies and employees are hired to serve and protect the citizenry, not to sell out the citizenry to the highest bidder.

City Councilmembers are elected to represent the best interests of the community, but they are being trained by lobbyists to undermine small business growth and the individual rights of the citizens. Law enforcement officials are also attempting to block marijuana initiatives for fear of losing their power and control. Law enforcement's job is to serve and protect the community, not to protect the drug cartels' and their turf.

The Federal Attorney General's Office threatens California marijuana growers, producers, and retailers with prosecution while supplying drug cartels with weapons and protection from competition. It's time for the selling out of our state and country to come to an end.

The State of California is criticized for restrictions upon individual and business, but it is not the State that is restricting the free market–it is the local municipalities. It is time for We the People to stand up against government oppression and for the individual rights of man.

Vote Yes on Prop S.  

It's time for the citizens of Imperial Beach to take back our city and state and end government corruption. 

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John Galt October 23, 2012 at 03:17 AM
No on S. Imperial Beach cannot afford it.
ILuvIB October 23, 2012 at 02:26 PM
CNN did a segment two days ago about Eagle Rock, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, and their local community group election that had a slate of pro-pot candidates. The only problem, a local pot shop sent fliers around the neighborhood offering free pot to anyone who voted for the pro-pot slate of candidates. Last year 90 people voted, this year 800. The election fraud is being investigated. Eagle Rock has 30,000 people, but 15 pot shops, and this community group has been fighting against the pot shop proliferation and negative affects for years. Just another example of pot shops’ unethical behavior. http://www.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_t2#/video/us/2012/10/21/nr-valencia-pot-votes.cnn Vote NO on Prop. S, pot shops are illegal and not needed in IB.
iblocal October 23, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I would approve it one condition. I collective in the city of IB. Must live here, buy a special revocable permit from the city of IB, all owners of the store must be fingerprinted and have no felonies. there would be city taxes imposed. no smoking on site. Open from 9 to 5. regulation is the key and I am not sure a yes vote on prop s is the right time.
Libi Uremovic October 23, 2012 at 03:39 PM
are we regulating all businesses to 'must live here, be at mercy of city government, be tracked like criminals, and only open 9-5?' in this country we treat everyone equally ....the basic premise of our laws is that your rights end where the next persons' rights begin.... it's time to start walking the walk on the rights of individuals and small business or we will never change our economy...
Libi Uremovic October 23, 2012 at 04:20 PM
they only required proof of voting - not forced to vote a certain way....lots of companies do it....starbucks also gives away free coffee to anyone that shows they voted....baskin robins has given away ice cream on election day... lots of restaurants give free drinks for proof of voting on election day... it's a way to show support for the election process.... 60 minutes did a pro weed piece just last week....http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57536827/medical-marijuana-will-colorados-green-rush-last/?tag=contentMain;cbsCarousel eagle rock's average income is $67,253....ib's average income is $28,687.... there is not one local group in eagle rock trying to close down the weed stores....you can read about eagle rock - they have their own patch http://eaglerock.patch.com/
Marcus Boyd October 23, 2012 at 05:31 PM
KPBS/NPR did a more recent segment specifically about Imperial Beach here... http://www.kpbs.org/news/2012/oct/01/medical-marijuana-dispensaries-ballot-four-san-die/ Using LA as an example is like mixing apples and oranges considering Eagle Rock has no ordinance and is completely unregulated. Prop S on - the other hand - would require Prop S locations to comply with all State, County and local laws AS WELL AS 19 more 'opertational requirements' that have proven positive effects on communities who include the requiements in their regulations. If all of the laws and requirements are not met by a Prop S location, the city has full athority to take action to close the location for non-complience with the ordinance.
Brash Brazen October 23, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Last week a six year study by the UK Drug Policy Commission likened cannabis use to "moderately risky" gambling & junk food ! So much for the DEA's specious contention that marijuana is more dangerous than heroin,cocaine or meth ! Besides the Appellate Court has ruled that cities are "pre-empted" from banning dispensaries & unless the Supreme Court overrules them there will be dispensaries in IB regardless of whether the voters approve this measure to regulate them or not ! Marijuana is safer than tobacco or "alcohol" which a Journal of School Health study recently determined is the real "gateway drug",not marijuana ! Don't be a prejudicial & misinformed voter,get the unbiased facts about this unnecessarily controversial issue & I'm sure you'll be voting Yes on S on November 6th !!!
Frank Mockery October 23, 2012 at 08:01 PM
IluvIB is misinformed (no surprise) storefront medical marijuana dispensaries "are" legal under present state law & the Feds lack the resources & ability to shutter & prosecute all of them. That's why they threaten their landlords instead of arresting the dispensary operators,because due to "jury nullification" they'd be hard pressed to get a conviction in Southern California. Juries nationwide have refused to convict those charged in Federal Court with providing medication to patients while complying with state law even though they're prevented from citing state law in their defense. Jurors can't be punished for the verdicts they render & any juror can vote to acquit regardless of the evidence presented or the guilt of the accused. Congress allowed voters in Washington D.C. to approve the use of medical marijuana & they're issuing permits for dispensaries now. How can the federal government approve the medical use of marijuana (contrary to federal law) there & claim it's illegal & has no medical benefit in California ? They can't ! Under the "equal protection clause" of our Constitution a right given to some must be given to all. That's why patient's in So Cal have sued the federal government in the U.S. Fourth District Court,because their right as voters to approve the use of medical marijuana has been denied. When Judge Guilford rules in their favor any day now federal laws against medical marijuana will become unenforceable & existing state law wlll prevail ! Vote Yes !!!
Jon Hall October 23, 2012 at 10:17 PM
There are currently no ordinances in Imperial Beach (or any city for that matter) that stop a doctor prescribed marijuana therapy patient from smoking all the dope they want --- and as we all know *weed* is fast & easy to grow and is virtually maintenance free What is illegal is opening for profit Pot Stores under the guise of *non-profit collectives* --- thereby allowing a few smart businesspeople (who don't even live in IB) to get rich by attempting to exploit a flawed interpretation of the law Ultimately the Feds will shut the Drug Stores down (as all others have been shut down) --- but not before a few Dealers make a small fortune ...
iblocal October 24, 2012 at 12:42 AM
most businesses are not illegal by federal standards. You are asking for everything and no compromise on your part at all. If marijuana is medical drug then time to treat.it.that way. FDA approval trials pill form and dispensing thru a licensed facility. that included payroll taxes Workman.comp sales tax income tax and.all the other costs of running a licensed company.
Jack Fisher October 24, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Patch and Libi, did we really need another new post for Prop S? Can't wait until we add another story on police abuse or shooting.......
Libi Uremovic October 24, 2012 at 03:14 AM
jon i don't understand what you think that no one that lives in ib will have a weed store....people from ib already have weed stores - they just want to be able to live a middle class lifestyle... why are you so against the middle class? do you really feel that the money going to government beauracracies and drug cartels is better than going to rented buildings, jobs, taxes, and yes jon the most evil of all..... ...profit in the pockets of people that live in far off lands like 16th street and ramona... it's a product produced in cali and sold in cali.... millions of dollars of revenue generated in cali and because everyone involved is from cali the money primarily continues to circulate in cali... walmart is opening ....it will bring in merchandise from china, pay poor wages, and take money out of our state.... and that is the basis of our financial problems on a local, state, and national level... 3 of the top 10 richest people in the usa are from walmart money - yet arkansas still lives in poverty and we have to supplement them with our federal tax dollar...
Libi Uremovic October 24, 2012 at 03:37 AM
it's an important issue that effects our entire state...i want people to be informed... prop s touches upon a deeper problem in ib and throughout the state- the local governments are suppressing individuals and small business while wasting the tax payers dollars instead of providing community services... ib is small enough that it can be monitored and we can see the actual results of weed stores ....and we can measure the benefits to the individual and community against any increase in crime or other negatives.... we can monitors the businesses and make any adjustments to the ordinance that is needed....the city can't change the ordinance - but the people can at any time... weed stores offer rented buildings, provide jobs, pay taxes, and provide a product to the citizens... let's give the positives a try and see if there really are measurable negatives... ib is small enough to be analyzed...we will look actual data & statistics... .....prepare yourselves....
Bong Sativa October 24, 2012 at 09:33 AM
The present ban is illegal,storefront dispensaries are legal now & those opposed to Measure S will just be bigger losers on November 6th than they are already ! Nobody likes a loser,be a winner & join the winning team - Vote Yes on S for Sanity !
Khari Johnson (Editor) October 24, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Hi Jack and all IB Patch readers, Please be clear that IB Patch does not endorse blogs that users post. Just like any other blog post, this is solely the writer's opinion. IB Patch is not and will not be endorsing any candidate or ballot measures. If you strongly disagree with what Libi has written, you are free to comment, but all users may also write their own blog posts. No on S supporters have been notified that they are free to blog just like any other IB Patch reader.
Summer Hemphill October 25, 2012 at 05:35 AM
Children tell your parents to Vote Yes on S !!! Parents tell your children to Vote Yes on S !!! Then go visit Grandma & Grampa & tell them to Vote Yes on S too !!! It's your chance to show Imperial Beach what your family really values & that's elected leaders who abide by state law concerning medical marijuana dispensaries !!! Those who provide medical marijuana at storefront dispensaries are law-abiding tax paying citizens,unlike those who ban them in defiance of state law !!! You don't need white hats to figure out who the good guys are here,they're the ones smoking marijuana !!!
Chico&The Man October 26, 2012 at 03:05 AM
yeah lets implement an over smoking ordinance As for maintenance free easy to grow jon im sure you have seasons of experience Maintaining a grow site that's easy and maintenance free Don't think so ! its a hands on tedious full time Job..what route shall we proceed in organic soil methods or full blown aqua hydro set ups ..which are deffinatley not maintenance free most people who try there hands at this end up selling there equipment and throwing in the towel within the 1st/2nd run. Try $4000.00 min for a full on basic set up add $300- $400 a month to you're SDGE bill for starter's the leading Agricultural Product of the United States is not being produced mainteinance free by some non working easy going individuals... .

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