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Time For Real City Council/Supervisor Action Not Political Posturing

A flyer distributed at the WAMM distribution and press conference at City Hall. A day of symbolic protest is encouraging and eye-opening for mainstream America, but 6 years after Proposition 215 we need some specific actions from City Council (and/or the Board of Supervisors).
Patients in Wheelchairs Risking Health and Safety
To Buy Medical Marijuana from Street Dealers?
Politicians: Stop Posturing, Start Protecting!

Santa Cruz Councilmembers and Supervisors here to personally witness, support, and/or risk arrest from DEA lawbreakers deserve our thanks.

Now Santa Cruz City and County Politicians must take REAL action:

++++ Emergency legislation at the City and County level. The City’s useless “medical marijuana” law in 2000 destroyed S.C. Cannabis Pharmaceuticals [SCCP] and didn’t even provide a legal distribution site for WAMM (Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana). The zoning requirements, architectural drawings, use permits, and other costly conditions made it impossible for legal locations to be secured. WAMM never did find a distribution place that was legal, and has had to operate through a “wink and nod” relationship. We need a new law written in cooperation with the entire cannabis community & tailored to the needs & health of the many not the power & prestige of the politicians & their favored few.

++++ An officially-declared Public Health Emergency--urged for years by the Santa Cruz compassionate cannabis community. Had this been done in 2000, SCCP would not have gone under & the 1500 clients it served would not need to be Dying-as-they-Wait on the WAMM waiting list. Councilmembers Rotkin, Matthews & Fitzmaurice declined to introduce this emergency--denying patients the protection they need.

++++ City-owned and sponsored Marijuana Growing Areas as the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has on their ballot for vote in November. (This could be voted in immediately by majority of the Supervisors and/or City Council).

++++ Censure and Dismissal (through Impeachment or Recall) of Sheriff Mark Tracy for failing to protect the sick and dying citizens of Santa Cruz County. DEA agents should have been arrested for trespass, burglary, theft, and kidnapping. Instead Tracy’s deputies helped “clear the roads” as federal thugs terrorized the sick, arrested careproviders, & carried off vital medication. Tracy betrayed his sworn oath to defend the state Constitution It guarantees every Californian the right to grow medical marijuana -- Prop. 215 is now entrenched in the Constitution by Initiative. Tracy let federal agents run wild with no prior court finding that our state Constitutional provision violates the U.S. Constitution. Time for a strong sheriff!

++++ Immediate and Explicit Cultivation Guidelines like many other counties (Humboldt, Marin, San Francisco, Alameda, ...even Calaveras). Those who need to must know how much they can grow.

++++ An End To Local Police Collusion with the Drug War Against Marijuana. Currently those with medical conditions must seek $100+ prescriptions before they can approach a club. Until there is real access for the poor and an adequate legal distribution network for all, small marijuana dealers should be left alone. Particularly odious are the abusive “sting” operations, felony probation, “stay away” orders, and “social and
economic” cleansing downtown for the new Drug Prohibition War. No More Snitching for C-NET & DEA!

Call the Board of Supervisors (454-2200) and the City Council to demand action. (420-5017)
Call Activist Richard Quigley To Help Circulate Recall Petitions on Sheriff Mark Tracy 685-3108
Report local Marijuana Busts to HUFF to raise public awareness: 423-4833

Flyer by HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom) www.huffsantacruz.org 309 Cedar PMB #14B Santa Cruz, CA 95060 9-17-02
 
 


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just one thing

I only have a problem with one statement there.

> WAMM never did find a distribution place that was legal,
> and has had to operate through a “wink and nod”
> relationship.

It's my understanding that this is entirely false. WAMM did find a legal place - their current location out in county territory, where city laws do not apply. Am I wrong?

Also, there appears to have been no winking or nodding - again, just the opposite. It's been reported frequently that WAMM had very open, public, and documented support from the SC County Sheriff. Again, am I wrong?

-Van
 

Facts are right.

Van: WAMM's grow spot is in the County, but it's distribution spot has been, I have again confirmed, in the City and in a location unauthorized by the ordinance.

Sheriff's haven't busted their grow area, and been publicly very friendly with WAMM. Of course, when the DEA came, sheriffs reportedly facilitated the DEA seizure by clearing the road of protesters.

City officials and police, however, have allowed WAMM to operate in violation of their own stupid laws (written in consultation with WAMM but not other groups). That has been a "wink and nod" relationship.

This is obviously a good thing for the 250+ patients that WAMM serves, but a bad thing for the 1000-1700 that are left to wander the levy in search of medical marijuana. And it is clearly bad public policy.

We need explicit public policy that serves all the medical marijuana users in this County, not just the favored few.
Having Krohn, who's done nothing about this well-known crisis for the last four years, preen and posture in front of the cameras, and not use the national opportunity to press for some local legal action to project the majority of medical marijuana users is a sad sad thing.

For the rest, I believe my facts are accurate.

Folks should phone Mayor Krohn (420-5023) and demand he put an item on the next City Council agenda (1) declaring a medical emergency, (2) setting aside a piece of City property as a grow area, (3) regularly organizing police-protected medical marijuana giveaways until such time as private distributors are protected from federal terrorism, and (4) doing something about the broader drug war on marijuana, which the City has no business being in.

Since he is not running for re-election, he has nothing to lose by trying to lead instead of smiling, handshaking, and chattering cliches before the cameras.

--Robert Norse
 

more stuff

> Van: WAMM's grow spot is in the County, but it's
> distribution spot has been, I have again confirmed, in
> the City and in a location unauthorized by the ordinance.

Ah! Okay, now I understand what you mean. What's the address, how is that property zoned, and how did zoning laws manifest in actual pressure on the old MM clubs Cannabis Pharmaceuticals and MedEx?

> (3) regularly organizing police-protected medical
> marijuana giveaways until such time as private
> distributors are protected from federal terrorism

Now that would be real action, eh? City Council orders SCPD to post a guard at the door indefinitely until the threat subsides.

But we know it won't happen. Cops are too in love with the appearance of authority, even illusory federal authority. SCPD would back down against federal agents and defy the City Council, just like the Sheriffs backed down against the DEA and defied state law by allowing the raid to continue and the raiders to escape. On public highways, no less. Highway 1, highway 17, highway 101? Where was the CHP while the bandits made their getaway? Not doing their job either.

Local police aren't loyal to local government or the local public anymore, they're loyal to King George II (you know, that court-appointed so-called president who DID NOT win the popular vote?) in Washington DC. We just pay them, that's all.

-Van
 

Call Krohn to Get Council Action Tuesday

Re: Van's questions ("What's the address, how is that property zoned, and how did zoning laws manifest in actual pressure on the old MM clubs Cannabis Pharmaceuticals and MedEx?").
I forwarded them to civil rights attorney and former Santa Cruz Cannabis Pharmaceuticals (SCCP) manager Kate Wells (who was also involved with the earlier Buyer's Club on Maple St. She sent me the following reply:

"Dear Robert -
Both the Drop-In Center and the Vet's Hall are on Front Street - I do not know the exact address.
I believe WAMM was still distributing at the drop-in center and not the vet's hall. The City threatened to
send the SCPD to close us (SCCP) down if we did not find a location within the approved zone. We were
actually served with the paperwork from the City to shut us down. When we did find a location in the
zone, they would not let us open unless we obtained a special use permit requiring 14 sets of architect's
drawings etc. etc. etc. We hired an attorney who specializes in these types of zoning and use permit cases
and we all met with zoning department officials. After the meeting, his advice was to give up because it
was obvious that the City was going to throw up so many roadblocks that we would never be successful in
obtaining the necessary permits. After we had paid a large chunk of money to secure the new place,
Barisone would not even let us store our desks and computers there while we sought the permit - he said
that would be a use and we did not have a use permit. Meanwhile, WAMM continued their operations in
the illegal zone unmolested by the City.
Another group from Calaveras County (The Northern Lights Church) was interested in locating a
provider association in Santa Cruz - when they checked out the ordinance they gave up without even
trying. They commented that the requirements in the ordinance were "ridiculous" and impossible to
comply with. They said that things are worse here than in Calaveras - a well known redneck county.
Hope this helps!
Kate"

I was also around in the spring of 2000 when Kate and others from the SCCP pleaded with Mayor Sugar and other Councilmembers to loosen the ordinance by passing a Medical Marijuana Emergency--to no avail.
We have a City Council meeting coming up Tuesday September 24th. Mayor Christopher Krohn, who cuts such an amiable figure before the national media, has the power to put an emergency item on the agenda that would declare a public health emergency and hence allow Buyer's Clubs to provide medication for the many many sick medical marijuana users that WAMM couldn't handle, if it wanted to. CALL HIM AT 420-5023 AND DEMAND HE DO SO.
If the symbolic minor medical marijuana giveaway is to be more than a one-time media event, Krohn needs to act. The people have led, will the leader follow?

--Robert Norse
 

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