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Posted on December 3 at 12:16 p.m.
@ John. Not trying to be argumentative and I may be wrong, but my usage of apostrophes was meant to indicate possession (i.e. the campaign was theirs), in which case I think I used correctly. I probably should have used "/" instead of commas between names, but whatever. I wasn't being careful in any case.
On Panga Rams Coast Guard Boat, Kills Chief Officer
Posted on December 3 at 9:28 a.m.
Subsequent to the Police Chief's, City Attorney's, County Sherrif's and DA's Offices' overly exuberant campaign against medical marijuana dispensaries in the city and county of Santa Barbara it seems like there has been significant increases in these panga boat landings full of marijuana. We told you that if you drive this stuff back underground into the black market the effect would not be a positive one. Now a serviceman is dead off of our coast and this war has now come knocking at our doorstep, no longer out of sight and mind in obscurity across the border. The ideology of our local officials and law enforcement is flawed. The lives of many are being led into ruin with no end in sight until the powers that be realize that they cannot continue in their clandestine operation. The legal doors are opening as a result of the will of the people and the attempt to obfuscate this change through law is a significant transgression against the community and a violation of the public trust.
Posted on July 30 at 11:12 p.m.
No. I actually I don't know or consider people who "follow", what in this case is a metaphor not an analogy, to be arctic rodents or "retards" as you so "lovingly" describe. But I will tell you I know this. The law verbatim, primary caregivers who receive “compensation for actual expenses, including reasonable compensation incurred for services provided to enable [a patient] to use marijuana,” or “payment for out-of-pocket expenses incurred in providing those services,” are not on that sole basis subject to criminal liability for marijuana distribution or sales. (Health and Safety Code § 11362.765(c).) I also know that a salaries are indeed compensation. i.e. the ability to make money is absolutely not in contrast with the law as is clearly shown above. Also, I work in accounting and know quite well that Profit is not the same thing as salary or compensation. The key word here is reasonable and I can hear to yelling in the background already. Now do me a favor and look up the median pay scale for EDs of Non-Profits in the Santa Barbara area. Also, know that the desire to attain wealth isn't necessarily in-congruent with the desire to do good. I don't think anyone would argue with you that Josh, like anyone else in the world, didn't desire to make good and "reasonable" compensation. Nor do I ever remember hearing that he had the intent to achieve anything to the contrary. I also understand your point of view, but think you might have some misdirected anger here. Lastly, couldn't one say that you yourself might also be part of the problem if you go out and pay for your recommendation? You are participating in the very system that you paint as a "guise" in order to get what it is that you want are you not? I am not asking out of malice and don't claim that I have 100% correct point of view, but am willing to have a good debate.
On Man Arrested for Reportedly Growing Weed for L.A. Dispensaries
Posted on July 29 at 10:57 p.m.
@ Denise. I don't know you and cannot to attack your character nor do I enjoy getting into petty online quarrels with people I do not know. But I can question your facts and your comments in your attacks against others here. I believe Josh Braun did make compensation on a salary basis. This is neither unethical nor illegal. The guidelines that Kamala Harris office is currently drafting specifically mentions compensation as allowable for collective employees. Even the CEOs of large local non profits make compensation in the many hundreds of thousands. And if you have any sort of specific figure on "more money than he knew what to do with" I ask that you state it instead of ambiguous insinuations. Any accountant will tell you that there is a difference between a good salary and profits earned from dividends. This is a distinction the DA's office is refusing to acknowledge in order to shore up their cases. Everyone must earn a living, even if that living is helping to provide a safe environment for people with doctor's recommendations to obtain medical marijuana.Though the laws are often argued to be ambiguous they are not so ambiguous as to render dispensaries and compensation illegal. You may not like the collective/medical model or you may have anger towards those you worked in the field for whatever reason, but I will tell you that you are flat out wrong in the insinuation that making a living working in a dispensary is abuse of the system. It is what most of us do in this life. Work. But some may have the added bonus of really helping others through that work. And if you hate the models dispensaries use, don't blame the dispensaries. Theses models have been created and dictated by law enforcement and politicians. Dispensaries are constantly challenged to adapt to ever changing political and legal climates and all too often miss a step or face new political blood that does not like the status quo. You can smear the cynicism around all you want and presume to know everyone's motives or intent, but it doesn't change the facts or the truth. Please don't drink the kool aid; it may be spiked with pharmaceuticals and vodka (the real known killers).
Posted on July 29 at 11:53 a.m.
Less dispensaries=less transparency=less local production/jobs=more panga boats=more money (resources) for the murderous cartels. i.e., our local police and DA's office are indirectly promoting murder and violence.
On 13 People Arrested in Panga Boat on Gaviota Coast
Posted on July 19 at 4:15 p.m.
"The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern." Proverbs 29:7
On Byrning the Candle at Both Ends
Posted on May 25 at 10:22 a.m.
also @ cancerpatient010110 : I tried to post earlier, but system would allow for some reason.
Thank you very much for your kind words! I am merely an average citizen trying to sift through garbage in order to find some truth buried underneath.
Keep on the good fight!
On Dope Days Are Over?
Posted on May 25 at 10:12 a.m.
Like I said and recently verified by the California State Supreme Court.
Unfortunately, and again, at the expense of ruining lives through the prosecution of someone who didn't deserve it.
Posted on May 19 at 9:59 p.m.
I promise you. I am not a dispensary owner. I voted yes on prop 19. And to top it off I am so poor it hurts. No profiting. But keep the generalizing accusations coming. It's so much easier to view the world as black and white don't you think? Unfortunately, the right loves stereo types and unsubstantiated statements. But lets keep the ball in play. How many of you are police?
Posted on May 16 at 11:40 p.m.
Now after the fear of federal prosecution settles in, Jeff will have no choice but to accept whatever deal the DA offers. To me that is analogous to blackmail and does not reflect the sort of ethical fortitude we expect from our law enforcement officials. And, to my knowledge this is not the first time the DA and the police have used federal prosecution as a threat, thereby, all but forcing defendants into accepting plea deals. None of the local dispensary cases have made it to trial probably for that very reason. Oh, and I forgot to mention that Mr. Restivo is a witness for the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed against the city for damages resulting from the brutal beating of Tony Denuzio by an SBPD officer. I suppose this raid counts as one hell of a cross examination. But this must all just be coincidence. I am sorry this was so lengthy, but apparently no one has had the courage to do some real research and investigative journalism. All the public hears are the slanted versions the SBPD puts out in its press releases which are summarily published by the press without any sort of scrutiny. No one is presenting the other side of the coin and as we well know there are always two sides to a story.
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