The Coalition for a Drug Free California had a daylong conference to discuss how to stop marijuana dispensaries.
More than 20 community leaders, elected officials and law enforcement officials met at the Ayres Hotel to discuss the reality of shutting down or stopping dispensaries, co-ops, collectives from opening.
It seems this poor, beleaguered group is beset with obstacles. First, their opposition apparently has the people on their side
Attorney Martin Mayer said it will be a difficult battle because those in favor of medical marijuana always have people in attendance when the issue is being discussed in meetings or in the court.
“I don’t think you can organize the way your opposition is organizing, I haven’t seen it,” said Mayer, who serves as legal counsel to sheriffs and chiefs of police in 70 law enforcement agencies throughout the state.
Second, the opposition apparently has the law on their side
Another battle facing the organization, he said, is the law.
“Many times we wind up in court and we lose,” he said.
But if they’re sneaky, they still can succeed sometimes:
The city of Claremont, however, was successful in temporarily stopping a dispensary by implementing a moratorium on those businesses, he said.
The court recently upheld the city’s decision because Claremont was using zoning laws to implement the moratorium, Mayer said.
And what’s the point of all this?
“Our main goal is to help kids get off drugs,” Brenda said.
Which is, of course, why they want to deny medicine to sick people.