Let’s Raid Some Pot Clinics!


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Car theft is the #1 crime in OC.  Yet the Anaheim police are busy, out raiding pot clinics.

Scared? Depend on the Police to help?  You’ll have to wait a bit, they’ve got one more pot clinic to hit.

There’s a liquor store across from, or very near, most any school. There are breweries dotting our landscape here in “Brew City.” Everywhere you turn booze is flowing freely, sometimes on all four corners of major cross streets.  Alcohol kills five million people per year worldwide – men, women and children!

Yet it’s Marahoochie that’s illicit in Anaheim.

As Anaheim struggles under the onerous political control of the resort industry, the people pay the price every day. We’re dangerously short on funding for everything, but ABSOLUTELY short on the police.

Daughters getting attacked, robbers ransacking your lovely home, Grandma getting assaulted?

Oh yeah, that’s right, the police are raiding a pot clinic. Dozens of officers rush in to stop the illicit trade and confiscate everything and arrest everyone there, even your grandma!  Not really, as they can’t actually arrest anyone just confiscate the pot for their own personal use (maybe).

How much do these raids cost? – $50,000 per raid average by California state statistics for the multiple officers, the overtime and the interminable paper work.

Low on funding for new officers? This author reiterates: Auto theft is the #1 crime in Orange County but forget getting a cop out to help any time soon as they are busy bagging and tagging the edibles.

Does your mom, dad, grandma and grandpa eat some edibles for health reasons? Just go give your money and tax dollars to Santa Ana.  Does your college student use the safest drug known to man? Tell him to spend his extra dollars in Santa Ana.

President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama all smoked pot. Fact-based studies show it to be harmless. This is a drug that has been used for 10,000 years and is as benign as any scientific study can possibly prove.

Medical uses for pot date back hundreds of years.  In the 1830s, an ancestor of mine, Sir William Brooke O’Shaughnessy, an Irish doctor studying in India, found that cannabis extracts could help lessen stomach pain and vomiting in people suffering from cholera.  By the late 1800s, cannabis extracts were sold in pharmacies and doctors’ offices throughout Europe and the United States to treat stomach problems and other ailments.

Our government’s attitude to this substance is so political and is just so silly. This is just a benign drug with no harm and in fact just benefits to the body and human psyche. For gosh sake aspirin kills 3,000 people per year! In the United States alone, 100,000 people who take NSAIDs like Advil are hospitalized every single year, and approximately 15,000 die.

If you are afraid of pot you’re an idiot. The World Health Organization reports that in 2012 around 7 million people died – one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk. Are you afraid of breathing the air or the polluted water you drink? You should be!

So be afraid, be very afraid… of aspirin, Advil, other NSAIDs and even opioids you can get in the mail. Be fearful of robbery or attacks by crazed polluted air breathers, murders and most of all car thieves and hope, just hope, that today, maybe, just maybe, the cops are out fighting crime instead of raiding another pot clinic in lovely downtown Anaheim.


About Fingal O'Flahertie

Fingal is an Orange County resident/entrepreneur, sometimes world traveler and man about the house.