"Councilman Ed Reyes needs boots to wade through Medical Marijuana issue"
One of the most tired political cliches has to be, "its for the children".
For CD 1 City Councilman Ed Reyes, his cliche of choice in the Medical Marijuana saga is , "its all about the sick" and they need their Pot now!
Some may wonder after listening to repeated Councilman Reyes soundbites on radio and television in the last few days, whether "herb" played a role in his decision making process, or should we say lack of, on the Medical Marijuana issue.
For those who are well-verse in all things concerning Councilman Ed Reyes, density is at the core of his political principles. Density is what Reyes sees as the future of Los Angeles. Reyes would like to pack hoards of "citizens" into every piece of horizontal and vertical space, whether in Lincoln Heights or Pacific Palisades. Reyes saw no problem in wanting to push a high-density restaurant, with liquor license, within yards of local schools.
"Pack em in", that is the mantra of Councilman Reyes, whether it is housing, liquor establishments or Pot shops. And the "pack of Pot shops" grew big time under Councilman Reyes watch. One must wonder if the "dense cloud of pot smoke" slowed down Councilman Reyes decision process?
With the shadow of District Attorney Steve Cooley omnipresent at yesterday's meeting. Councilmembers tripped over themselves in search of some law-abiding recourse, as noted in the Daily News.
Staff was instructed to contact state Attorney General Jerry Brown's office and seek a legal opinion on what is allowed under state law governing medical marijuana clinics. Proposition 215, approved by voters in 1996, permits sick people to smoke pot if they have referrals from doctors and an identification card. But according to KABC 790 AM reporter David Linder, no response was received from the Attorney General office.
This fact tells it all in regarding the City Council's lack of action.
In the past four years, the council has tried without success to control the opening of clinics. The city originally approved 186 clinics, but the operations have mushroomed over the past four years to upwards of 1,000.
Councilman Jose Huizar suggested the city start all over with allowing the clinics, pulling the permits on the original 186.
Huizar suggested there be a maximum of 70 clinics in the city, based on population in city planning areas.
However, Councilwoman Janice Hahn said the original 186 clinics should be allowed as long as the city is able to derive revenue from the operations.
Councilman Bill Rosendahl said he wanted the city to look at the measure in place in West Hollywood, which allows four clinics to operate, and has had no difficulties.
But leave it to this City Council to find difficulties in determining what is difficult in finding closure to the multi-year Medical Marijuana saga.
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Now it is clear why Paul Krekorian is running for CD 2.
BTW, don't forget to note the Councilman Huizar tidbit.
Lastly, If you are Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (any takers?) and you have the choice of spending your Sunday, either mingling with your former CD 14 constituents as they celebrated the Gold Line extension in Boyle Heights, or, spend some bonding time with your lovely television hottie Lu Parker. What would be your choice? Link here to read what Villaraigosa did on Sunday.
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