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.”

Residents at the Yucca Valley Planning Commission raise their hands in support of a resident who spoke in favor of an ordinance that would ban recreational commercial sales of marijuana in town limits.

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.

Yucca Valley Planning Commissioners granted a variance to allow the developer to build a house on this 5-acre lot that encroaches on setbacks.


  • oc4boxer

    All marijuana prohibition has accomplished is draining law enforcement resources and emboldening the drug cartels. There isn’t a single person in Yucca Valley or anywhere else who can’t get marijuana if they want it. How many more decades of evidence do we need? Prop 64 passed because the majority of Californians recognize it’s time to end this failed policy. It’s a shame Yucca Valley is so behind the times.

  • mstaihr

    Couldn’t help but laugh at Mr. Regan’s lament about the anarchic, lawless ’60’s and all that decadent sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll. He does realize that the draconian felony marijuana laws of that period did little to stop what he rails against? And some of that “entire generation” he claims we lost went on to run major corporations, create new technology, and hold public office. Yes, we lost many to drugs–heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, etc.–but I suspect we have lost many more from the scourge of alcohol. I do not see him demanding the resurrecting the 18th Amendment or closing of local bars .

  • Lowenthal

    Such a waste to see so many resources being wasted on trying to “control” cannabis. Meth is a problem, why don’t they do more to deal with that?

  • bpbudeman

    Do we have a confirmed date of the meeting that open public comments on this issue again, the Hi-Desert Star said April 25th, the meeting minutes sound like it would be May 9th – which is it?

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