Cannabis Crusader Asks: Isn’t It Time That Regulated Medical Pot Shops Came To Your Town? – The Orange County Register

I cant speculate whether (pot shops in Anaheim are) an inevitability. I certainly hope not. But I can say it is not a business model that we want in our city. They are destructive to our neighborhoods and business centers. In Huntington Beach, Mayor Pro Tem Jim Katapodis expressed similar concerns and said his City Council had not discussed any looming arrival of medical pot shops. Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer sits somewhere in between. The train may be coming, he said, but why expedite its arrival? Righeimers chief concern is a lack of state oversight. Without a cannabis equivalent of the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, he worries the only enforcement tool for cities will be code violations, leaving rogue operators to sell marijuana with near impunity. But if cities wait until 2016, when he expects recreational marijuana might be legalized, Righeimer thinks the state will be forced to create a regulating body to help cities control marijuana shops and medical dispensaries. Why rush this decision, he asks, when help soon may arrive? For Longwith, the answer is simple: because there are Orange County medical patients suffering right now who are unable to access the treatment they need.
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