Pro-pot lobby’s illegal ballot initiative

Solana Beach will see the medical marijuana initiative on the Nov. 6 ballot. The pro-pot lobby is desperately trying to keep illegal pot storefronts afloat as law enforcement has successfully shuttered their operations throughout the county. But now they have found a loophole where they can force a vote of the electorate to try and permit illegal pot shops. That’s right, a ballot initiative doesn’t have to be certified as legal to be put before voters. Anyone, for any reason, can force a vote of the electorate. In the case of the pot shop owners who are looking for any sort of defense mechanism from law enforcement and the courts, this loophole is currently where they are spending their time and money. Using illegally obtained profits, from their alleged “non-profit” pot shops, they’ve hired paid signature gatherers, lobbyists and attorneys to force cities to break the law. It’s that ridiculous.

Wisely Del Mar prepared a 40-page ballot initiative impact report, and the harm to our cities is significant. The impacts range from state tax code and federal Control Substances Act violations, to landlord asset forfeitures, city employee prosecutions and loss of precious federal grant monies. This report can be found at: www.delmar.ca.us/Government/Pages/CityCouncilMtgs.aspx

Melvin Chang

Carmel Valley


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