The Yucca Valley Planning Commission heard from nearly three dozen residents at its public hearing Tuesday night about an ordinance that would prohibit all commercial marijuana uses with the town, and regulate personal use and cultivation of recreational marijuana. Managing editor Tami Roleff was at the meeting, and says the commission decided to continue the hearing until May…
Of the 35 Yucca Valley residents who spoke at the Yucca Valley Planning Commission meeting, 28 spoke in favor of an ordinance that would prohibit commercial recreational marijuana and regulate personal uses, and seven spoke against the ordinance. Yucca Valley resident Charles Regan urged the commission to ban marijuana, saying he doesn’t want Yucca Valley to go back to the drug use he saw in the 1960s.
“Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it. An old joke about the ‘60s: If you remember the ‘60s, you weren’t there. Well, I was there and I remember the ‘60s. I remember hundreds of thousands of people smoking pot in public parks… nude and having sex… I remember the widespread drug use. I remember the past, and we should all remember the past. It was not a good time. We lost an entire generation of young people to drugs, and the effects are still being felt today. Never again. Never again.”
Commissioners raised questions about the possibility of losing state grant money if the town completely bans marijuana. Other issues commissioners raised were the fact that the state may issue licenses to recreational marijuana businesses even if the town prohibits them. They also questioned how the town could prohibit deliveries and enforce regulations over personal cultivation in the proposed ordinance. These issues and more will be brought back to the planning commission at its meeting of May 9.