Supreme Court Rules on City Pot Shops

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Although the California Supreme Court just ruled that cities have the legal right to ban medical marijuana dispensaries outright, it’s doubtful the ruling will any immediate impact in the City of Santa Barbara, once the site of a flourishing medicinal marijuana cottage industry. Although city ordinance allows for up to three dispensaries — each to be located in specific neighborhoods — no storefront dispensaries are currently in operation, having closed down in response to threats of legal action by the federal government.

Even so, medical marijuana customers can still obtain pot through numerous home delivery services. Mayor Helene Schneider, who has favored legal dispensaries, said any change to the city’s ordinance would require five votes, and she said there’s little interest from the council to tackle an issue that proved to be exceptionally exhausting and thorny in recent years. Schneider said she’s heard no complaints from medical pot customers that they can’t get marijuana nor any from law enforcement concerned about the subterranean trade taking place via the delivery services.


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DON"T FORGET: Santa Barbara City voters by a wide margin approved storefront dispensaries and it was Councilmembers Francisco, Self, Hotchkiss, and Rowse who took it upon themselves (because they know better) to do everything they could to undo the will of the voters. Yet they claim to support democracy and they want YOUR vote.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
May 8, 2013 at 2:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

No doubt Ken... It was like prohibition all over again. All in the name of low density and more cops!

BBOY (anonymous profile)
May 8, 2013 at 4:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)
I have been commenting about this for three years, make it a pharmaceutical and it become LEGAL!

dou4now (anonymous profile)
May 9, 2013 at 7:29 a.m. (Suggest removal)

dou4now, I don't think you are promoting the pharmaceutical version of cannabis in any way, I believe you are pointing out the hypocrisy of our medical system, but I just wanted to point out how ridiculous that article and the study that accompanies it is.

"dronabinol -- a pill that contains the active ingredient of marijuana"

Please someone tell me, what is THE 'active ingredient' of cannabis? THC, which causes euphoria and can help provide pain relief for things like people who "hold their hands in a bath of ice water" (which is the type of pain that was being tested in the study) or is it the hundreds of CBDs (cannabinoids) which are naturally present in our own bodies and help to improve numerous regulatory functions including those related to inflammatory conditions like MS and countless others? Because some of cannabis' best medicinal properties actually lay within the CBDs, so I am wondering if this "pill" contains ANY?? Upon a short investigation I find that no, in fact it does not contain any CBDs. This is "marinol" which has been shown in countless other studies to be not nearly as effective as actual cannabis in treating just about anything. Holding your hand in cold water is not even a f#$^3 health condition.

The study tested smoked cannabis vs. pill. They concluded that while smoked cannabis gives relief more quickly (which they did not note can be invaluable for some patients), their pill lasted longer. Why not compare consumed, cooked cannabis vs. this pill?

I mean, this is completely insane, who is spending all this money for scientists to study something the scientists don't have any basic knowledge of?? And the site who published the article, MyHealthNewsDaily, why can't they get somebody to write an article about this who has SOME BASIC understanding of how this medicine works?? Sometimes I really do feel like I'm living in the Twightlight Zone. Then I realize that the reason this study was put out was because a small group of people with a lot of money and power paid a group of incompetent scientists to put out false information and purposely continue to keep a certain Fox News watching generation in the dark about a substance that could reduce medical costs in this country by billions of dollars. Why? Because they have a monopoly on selling healthcare.

Abolish the FDA is my solution.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
May 10, 2013 at 2:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Don't ingest the real thing but consume our artificial (and less effective) chemical compound that we like to imagine works the same way, but will probably kill you instead.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
May 10, 2013 at 2:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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