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Posted on November 3 at 3:55 p.m.
Num1UofAn, your statement, while true, is so ironic in its ignorance. Yes, it is easier for kids to get marijuana than alcohol. It has been this way for decades. The irony is that you allude to blaming this access on dispensaries. In reality, the reason marijuana is easier to get than alcohol is because it is illegal and not sold in stores! Drug dealers don't check ID and will sell pot to any kid, and this is the way it will always be with prohibition. Dispensaries do check ID and don't serve minors, much like liquor stores. The problem is that because of prohibition, there is still a black market and an incentive to resell medical marijuana illegally, but this is not the dispensaries' fault. If marijuana was legal and only sold in stores to those 21 and over, it would be equally as difficult for a minor to get marijuana as to get alcohol. Please take some time to think about this logically so you can realize that prohibition endangers our youth and that dispensaries are not the enemy, just the scapegoat.
On Santa Barbara Votes 2010
Posted on October 12 at 11:50 a.m.
Does anyone else find it utterly offensive that Mender, who is on the board of directors at the Jodi House, accused the vandals of being brain damaged? That's a terrible thing to say coming from someone who you would think takes brain injuries and mental handicaps very seriously. The other Jodi House board members should twice about about being in her company.
On Burned Sign Backlash
Posted on September 27 at 1:21 p.m.
Don't let the low prices fool you either. The food is actually very good. Also, the ping pong and foosball are free, and they have a large back patio as well. Check it out!
On The Neighborhood Bar
Posted on September 23 at noon
The fact that Cooley is proud to outnumber the entire state of Texas in death penalty convictions is very disturbing.
On Capital Question
Posted on June 17 at 11:19 a.m.
We wouldn't need more prisons if we stopped incarcerating non-violent drug offenders and had more job opportunities, education, and alternative treatment programs for the at-risk population. On top of that, there is no way people will pass the tax in this economy, and even putting it on the ballot will cost the county thousands of dollars. If the state would pay for 3/4 of the costs( How, they are broke?), then why is the tax twice as much as it was last time it was proposed? Hopefully the Supes will vote this down quickly.
On Sales Tax for Jail?
Posted on June 9 at 12:36 p.m.
A great article by Dr. Bearman. I too find the addiction recovery argument both laughable and maddening. On the first block of West Figueroa, where thousands of people have sought alcohol and drug treatment from Zona Secca, there is a bar and a tobacconist. According to the US government, both alcohol and tobacco are more addictive than marijuana: http://drugwarfacts.org/cms/?q=node/28
Since Prop 215 passed 14 years ago, there have been as many 20 dispensaries in Santa Barbara, and while there have been problems with a few that were poorly run, the sky has not fallen. The fact that the city council cannot finalize the ordinance strictly regulating five professionally operated, secure, tax paying dispensaries is disappointing. After watching an interview with Council member Hotchkiss on the news last night, as he struggled to remember his supposed talking points, it became clear that he doesn't really understand the issue, and has been swayed by the overzealous emotional pleas. I do not condone it, however kids were smoking pot in school before dispensaries, and they will continue to do so whether or not they are banned. The City would do well to take Dr. Delio's advice and consult real health and policy experts, instead of playing ringleader in the red shirt circus.
On Tax and Regulate
Posted on April 30 at 11:10 a.m.
One day later:http://www.redding.com/news/2010/apr/...
On Arizona's proof of citizenship law...
Posted on April 29 at 2:01 p.m.
Might as well call it the Legalized Racial Profiling law.
Posted on August 17 at 12:21 p.m.
I agree that most "premium" imported vodkas are overpriced and over hyped, but I am disappointed that RND has an import price when it is made in America. I am all for supporting local businesses, and I understand that costs are higher at small scale, but the fact is that there are domestic vodkas that are both high quality and affordable. Checkout Tito's Vodka for instance. It is high quality, hand-made vodka, distilled in small batches like whiskey or tequila. It has won multiple gold medal tasting awards. Most importantly, it's priced domestically! Go get a 1/5th at Trader Joe's for under $20. I have even seen a handle of it at SOS in Isla Vista for under $25! I would like to see Tito's, Grey Goose, and RND in a double-blind taste, and see who is the real price performer of the group. I wish RND the best of luck, but they need to bring their price down to under $35 a bottle if they want to compete with already established premium brands.
On Vodka from Stem Cells?
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