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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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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 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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