AN EDITORIAL OPINION: COUNCILS, GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE SAND ON MARIJUANA

AN EDITORIAL OPINION: COUNCILS, GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE SAND ON MARIJUANA

An editorial opinion from Z107.7 News… The Town of Yucca Valley is drafting a new ordinance to deal with the legalization of marijuana, both for medical and recreational use. Opponents of Measure X—a ballot measure that failed in 2015, which would have allowed two medical marijuana dispensaries in the Town of Yucca Valley—argue that failure of the measure proves that the majority of town residents do not want marijuana legalized in town limits. Managing editor Tami Roleff says that’s just not true…
At Yucca Valley Town Council meetings and planning commission meetings held recently, many residents have stated during public comments that the 2015 failure of Measure X, which would have allowed two medical marijuana dispensaries in town limits, proves that the majority of town residents don’t want marijuana sold in any form in town limits. Those contentions are false, however. According to the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters, 77 percent of Yucca Valley’s 10,471 voters cast ballots in the November 8 election. More than 800 people voted in favor of Prop 64, which legalized recreational marijuana than voted against it (4,354 to 3548). Twentynine Palms had similar results; 75 percent of the city’s voters voted in the election, and the YES on Prop 64 won by 855 votes (2,553 to 1698). Town and city Council members should pull their heads out of the sand and realize the majority of their citizens voted FOR legalized recreational marijuana. The failure of Measure X two years ago doesn’t mean they are against the legalization of marijuana today.

The results from the county can be seen in page 240 (last page) at:
https://www.sbcounty.gov/uploads/rov/Elections/2016/1108/sov/1325CALIFORNIA.pdf

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2 comments to AN EDITORIAL OPINION: COUNCILS, GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE SAND ON MARIJUANA

  • bpbudeman

    I agree with Managing editor Tami Roleff.

    IMHO it boils down to asking the honest question, aka the elephant in the room – is there “any” separation of church and town in YV?

    Many long time YV residents I’ve talked to feel the town is being planned and run from the pulpit, on Joshua Lane, rather than our town center.

    It’s not fair to the majority of the town (and San Bernardino County) residents who voted in favor of Prop 64, in the November 2016 election.

    Ignoring the financial impact, because the town is fiscally sound” is like saying, I don’t want $1,000 because I already have $20 in my piggy bank.

    What about emergencies? I’m not so sure the towns mental health facilities are just busting at the seams with excess capital to work with, nor are our treatment facilities or schools.

    Ignoring statistics about youth and marijuana, only serves to cause further harm. Kids are smart, lying to them works like trickle down economics, it doesn’t!

    https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/PF_Youth_MJ-Infographic-Digital.pdf

    Kudos to John Terfehr, Commissioner – the only one of the commissioners, showing compassion toward those less fortunate residents with illnesses. We need more folks in town with a heart and compassion like John. And less who are inclined to spout verbatim, lines from a 1936 movie.

  • Raimond

    The small business owners in Yucca Valley should be concerned with this proposal. If this ordnance is put into place then the Legal Users of Cannabis, (medical patients) will be forced to go down the hill for their medicine. While they are there many will choose to do even more shopping. Food, household supplies, fuel and a sit-down or drive through meal to name a few. This is money out of the Yucca Valley coffers. Having two dispensaries here will add business and increased revenue to Yucca Valley from the entire Morongo Basin. This will result in more taxes to be used for our police services, sewer projects and increased local business traffic. It seams to me that the Coachella Valley will benefit more from this ordnance than anyone in Yucca Valley.

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