July 5, 2010

"It seems to me that there's still reefer madness. It doesn't make any sense to just steal the cash and the herb."

The LAPD is closing down the medical marijuana dispensaries pot stores.

AND:
The team conducted three busts before the one at Colorado Collective, making a half-dozen arrests, seizing $7,265 in cash and 43 pounds of marijuana at Kush Korner II in Wilmington, Nirvana Pharmacy in Westwood and Kind for Cures in a former Kentucky Fried Chicken store in Palms.
Wow, there's a "South Park" episode about that KFC that became a pot store: "Medicinal Fried Chicken."

21 comments:

GSW said...

And, intentionally or not, they're shutting down one of the few growing industries here in Los Angeles as well. :p

Richard Fagin said...

Stealing the cash is the whole point of the enforcement exercise. The Supreme Court completely blew it on civil forfeiture law in the '90s. Cleaning out pot stores is just one of its manifestations. Go to an airport with a one-way ticket and a lot of cash, get pulled over for a traffic stop and searched (including illegally) and you'll get the same treatment. You may be right but your money was stolen.

shoutingthomas said...

Legalizing and taxing marijuana seems so sensible... one of those sensible things that just cannot be done.

New Jersey, like California, is starving for revenue.

Seems to me that taxes from pot sales would help a lot.

I'm sure that pot has negative health repercussions. The body just isn't really built to ingest smoke.

Citizens should have the right to decide whether they want to take the risk of smoking dope. They are, already.

Make it legal and tax it. We need the tax revenue desperately.

Cousin Bob said...

Best solution if you don't want yer cash ripped off by the cops:

Stay poor.

Smokin' dope'll help with that.

bagoh20 said...

It's a complicated issue, and people can have good points on either side, but when I think about the act of a free person smoking a plant privately and then having the state, arrest him, try him, and fine or incarcerate him for it, it just seems immoral and un-American at it's core.

halojones-fan said...

The problem is the asinine behavior on BOTH sides. Enforcement being hardasses doesn't help, but neither do people with nudge-wink "chronic pain" and a smudged note from an out-of-business doctor.

edutcher said...

Wait until MaryJane is legalized and all the potheads are manufacturing, driving, etc.

Think there's going to be a big change in how good an idea this is?

Joe said...

I'm sure glad they found ways to keep these police officers busy.

bagoh20 said...

"Wait until MaryJane is legalized and all the potheads are manufacturing, driving, etc."

I don't think there will be any visible change. It's been virtually legal here in California for a while now. Other than the highly visible dispensaries, there is nothning new. I don't know a single person who tried pot just because they could legally now. It's just the same people, but their money is not going to murderous gangs now.

With the inordinate amount of time spent on pot enforcement gone, the cops should be able to improve real crime problems.

Incidentally, I see people driving very dangerously all the time. They usually appear to be the overly timid type or the overconfident type. Neither is usually the pothead type. Of course, that's just my stringent scientific analysis.

Fred4Pres said...

This must have happened just after the government busted those pot sellers.

edutcher said...

bagoh20 said...

"Wait until MaryJane is legalized and all the potheads are manufacturing, driving, etc."

I don't think there will be any visible change. It's been virtually legal here in California for a while now. Other than the highly visible dispensaries, there is nothning new. I don't know a single person who tried pot just because they could legally now. It's just the same people, but their money is not going to murderous gangs now.

With the inordinate amount of time spent on pot enforcement gone, the cops should be able to improve real crime problems.

Incidentally, I see people driving very dangerously all the time. They usually appear to be the overly timid type or the overconfident type. Neither is usually the pothead type. Of course, that's just my stringent scientific analysis.


In the immortal words of the Governator, "That's just California". Wait till it happens in real (as opposed to surreal) states.

Revenant said...

I wonder what the citizens of California can do to get the state and local governments to actually obey the law?

Seriously, now. We voted. The dispensaries are legal under state law. If the federal government wants to enforce federal laws, let THEM do it.

Revenant said...

Wait until MaryJane is legalized and all the potheads are manufacturing, driving, etc.

Yes, I'm sure the only thing stopping people from driving under the influence is that pot is illegal. They're probably sitting around thinking "I don't mind paying a $1500 fine, going to jail for two days, losing my license for six months, and being on probation for three years -- but that $100 for possession of marijuana is just too much to take!".

In case that sarcasm flew right over your head: the penalty for possession and use of marijuana is trivial. The penalty for DUI is draconian. The idea that getting rid of the former will make the latter more popular is nuts.

bagoh20 said...

Safety is always the excuse.

SteveR said...

God forbid all these sissy modern day pot smokers have to get dope the old fashioned way.

Revenant said...

God forbid all these sissy modern day pot smokers have to get dope the old fashioned way.

Well, that's the problem, isn't it? People who have been law-abiding citizens their whole lives, who now find themselves needing marijuana for medical purposes, probably don't KNOW any pot dealers. People who smoke recreationally aren't much inconvenienced by the closing of marijuana dispensaries; people who need it as medicine are.

Joe said...

who now find themselves needing marijuana for medical purposes

You know that's bullshit for 99.999% of pot smokers, right?

(I'm all for decriminalization of pot, but lets at least be honest about it.)

Revenant said...

You know that's bullshit for 99.999% of pot smokers, right?

So long as you're pulling numbers out of your ass, why not say 100%?

SteveR said...

I can't imagine any valid medical use of marijuana the drug companies wouldn't have already run through the FDA gauntlet and be making huge money off of with scripts being paid for by insurance

Revenant said...

You know that's bullshit for 99.999% of pot smokers, right?

As long as you're pulling numbers out of your ass, why not say 100%?

$9,000,000,000 Write Off said...

I drive by that KFC/Cooperative on my way to my local. It still looked like a KFC as of last week, just one shut down and and overrun by squatters who pasted graffiti of the leaf.

Good butcher shop across the street, Victor's.