Santa Ana Planning Commission to consider banning medical marijuana tonight

The City of Santa Ana Planning Commission is meeting tonight at 5 p.m at the City Hall Ross Annex. One of the items on the agenda is a zoning ordinance designed to “amend Chapter 41 of the Santa Ana Municipal Code to define and ban medical marijuana dispensaries in all zones and to amend Chapter 18 to prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries in the City.”

I truly doubt the City of Santa Ana bothered to tell anyone about this item, or the meeting tonight. So as usual it is up to the Orange Juice to get the word out.

This item is not about smoking pot for fun. It is about people who are very sick and are often dying. It is about using marijuana to recover appetite and to be able to survive.

Former U.S. Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders said in a 2004 op/ed piece, “The evidence is overwhelming that marijuana can relieve certain types of pain, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms caused by such illnesses as multiple sclerosis, cancer and AIDS — or by the harsh drugs sometimes used to treat them. And it can do so with remarkable safety. Indeed, marijuana is less toxic than many of the drugs that physicians prescribe every day.”

My father died of cancer. He did not use medicinal marijuana but he did use a lot of morphine towards the end.

My grandmother used to soak marijuana leaves in rubbing alcohol. The solution was a brilliant blue. She would use it to rub down my grandfather’s arthritic limbs. This tradition is longstanding in Mexico.

To me this is an obvious attempt by the Santa Ana City Council to give Councilwoman Claudia Alvarez an issue to use when she runs for the First Supervisorial District. Well, we ought to ask her if she has ever smoked marijuana. Wouldn’t that be something if someone stepped up and testified that she had done so in his or her presence?

Once again the City of Santa Ana is showing that they have no desire to tend to what really matters in our city. These dispensaries are already under a temporary ban. Why not continue that temporary ban, if need be? Why ban them altogether?

Honestly, if the City of Santa Ana is worried about people under the influence, why do they keep issuing more bar permits? We already have more liquor licenses in our city than ANY other city in Orange County. DUI’s kill – every day – but I have never heard of medicinal marijuana killing anyone.

Our City Council has only one Republican on it. Why don’t we join other leading communities such as San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and West Hollywood, just to name a few, in allowing medical marijuana dispensaries in specified zones? Those cities are all run by Democrats. What in the world is wrong with the Democrats on the Santa Ana City Council? Why don’t they just become Republicans and get it over with?

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