Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Zuma Dogg Thourough and Impartial Discussion of L.A. City Medical Marijuana Issue (It's Out of Control, but so is the "Reefer Madness" Propoganda)

Some people have no problem having stores up and down the street selling little bags of Riddlin, Oxycontin, Zanex, Prozak, Vicodan. But if it is a little bag with the plant known as “marijuana” better get in an uproar.


I understand that Bratton and Villaraigosa are bragging that crime is down and the city is safer than it has been in recent memory. (NO, I am NOT going to say, “safest since ‘Leave It To Beaver’ was on primetime TV.) So if the city is saying the streets are safer, that timeline pretty much correlates with the emergence of medical marijuana collectives that took the street dealing of marijuana off the parks, behind liquor stores; and more importantly, off your actual residential streets, because if you close too many collectives people will start dealing out of their homes again. And all that traffic will be driving up and down your street and pulling up to your next door neighbor’s home.

SO LET’S SHUT TOO MANY OF THEM DOWN, CAUSE YOU FUCKING STUCK YOUR FINGER IN THE AIR ONE DAY AND SAID, “HEY, WE HAVE ENOUGH!”

You don’t say there are too many pizza parlors, sushi restaurants, clothing stores, banks, liquor stores, dry cleaners, drug stores, gas stations, coffee and tea cafes or any other kind of operation…SO SHUT THE FUCK UP WHEN YOU SAY YOU DON’T LIKE TOO MANY OF THESE, JUST CAUSE YOU SAY SO.


I think there are WAY too many shoe stores, and way too many restaurants and dumb consumer retail bullshit. NO ONE COMPLAINS. All people say they want to do in this city is drive traffic and business to their area and help stimulate the economy.


No one cares if the little bag stapled shut from CVS or the Rite Aid (which is always nearby) sells unlimited patients hardcore, highly addictive, highly impairing, much-much stronger pharmaceuticals like the ones mentioned above (Oxycontin, Prozac, Vicodin, etc.), but the same little bag (that could just as easily be a bag of jelly beans) is a problem if three cars pull into the parking lot at the same time.


And tell all those coffee shops, convenience stores, restaurants, fast food places, gas stations that YOU ARE KICKING THESE CUSTOMERS OUT OF THE AREA AND THEY SHOULD EXPECT A DECLINE IN BUSINESS.


AND, all the stores that are renting the retail space in this down economy can add to the rest of the stores that are closing. RAIN ON THE ONLY PROPERTY PARADE IN TOWN!

I know the city is thinking of a 1000 ft rule NOT ONLY FROM ANY TYPE OF YOUTH PLACE LIKE SCHOOLS AND A HOST OF OTHER KID RELATED SERVICES, PLUS RELIGIOUS COMPANIES, I MEAN INSTITUTIONS, I MEAN ORGANIZATIONS; BUT ALSO 1000 FT FROM EACH CO-OP.


Now in reality, 1000 ft isn’t THAT BAD of a distance to suffer between locations. But the point is, I think it’s just arbitrary “reefer madness” mentality to worry how close together they are from each other, at all.


An argument could be made that it is better to have a bunch all close together in one area, so it’s easier to monitor and enforce, among other community benefits.

And like any other product, you could have two stores directly next store to each other, but have two completely different quality of product and service and therefore, completely different clientele.


For example, if you said, “Only one shoe store every 1000 ft.” Well one shoe store might sell Minola Bolanics (or whatever those fancy/expensive/high end shoes are called) and the others could be at Payless.


You could say, “Only one grocery store per 1000 ft.” But one could be Vons and one could be Bristol Farms. Tell the Bristol Farms customers the store is closing cause Vons was there first. Tell the Trader Joes/Whole Foods customers, “Sorry, try the Food4Less 200 feet away, they were there first.


Tell Wolfgang Puck he’s out of business cause Pizza Hut was there first.


SIMILARLY, some collectives specialize in high end/more expensive medication and some are more discount-oriented. Some have HUGE selections, some are more boutique. Some have stuff for $5 bucks, while the one next door you might need $15 to get anything at all.


AND BESIDES THAT ISSUE…if there really are too many, then economics (supply and demand) will “weed out” (pun intended) the one’s there are no demand for and if they are too close, then the weak one will be forced out of business.


THE PROBLEM HERE IS WITH THE DOCTORS THAT NEVER MEET A PAITENT THEY DON’T LIKE (TAKING MONEY FROM). THE DEMAND FOR ALL OF THIS IS BEING ALLOWED TO BE CREATED BY THE DOCTORS.


And that is not the city’s FAULT; however, Zuma Dogg says it IS the city’s problem, because just like the Michael Jackson Memorial at Staples Center, the people want their Michael and people want their meds. And unfortunately for the haters, the State of California allows these doctors to write all these prescriptions; hence the demand for the collectives has been created.


And let me say for the record, when I see four 18 year olds walk into a collective together with their doctor recommendations, I’ll bust their chops and say, “Wow, what neighborhood are you from, they should quarantine the area…everyone’s sick or in pain!”


But this is an issue for their parents to deal with when they are raising them, or living in their parents’ home still; or for their teachers to deal with if they are flunking out; or for their employers to deal with if they are being un-productive and missing work.


But even if that sounds like bullshit to you…THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA CREATED THIS DEMAND, BY ALLOWING IT TO GO DOWN LIKE THIS. Yes, the law is 18 to get a doctors recommendation, and since this is a plant, not a pharmaceutical grade medication, it carries a different standard with it. Medical Marijuana is to provide relief, not cure. Hate to say it, but although you need a doctor’s recommendation (it’s called a “recommendation” NOT a “prescription,” because prescriptions are only for pharmaceutical/synthetic/non-organic medications) it’s much like an over the counter product like cough syrup. AND THAT IS ABUSED BY KIDS…HAVEN’T YOU HEARD THOSE ATLANTA RAP SONGS ABOUT “SIPPIN’ON SYRUP?” (Not recommendation needed for that. And I would rather have someone operate heavy machinery under too much marijuana than too much cough syrup or some of the other stuff you can get without squat from a doctor.)


I think some folks with the city think if you shut a lot of them down, then the demand will go down with it. HEEEEEEEEEELL NAAAAAAAAAW!!! Again, you will only send it back into the streets and down your own residential streets.


AND THE MAIN THING YOU MUST UNDERSTAND is currently there are no rules or regulations, so a lot of these collectives are having an easier time operating than they will once you put the rules into effect.


IT’S NOT AS EASY TO RUN THESE THINGS COMPLIANTLY AS ONE MIGHT IMAGINE. It’s not as easy as saying, “Hey, I see people making tons of cash with these collectives. Let’s buy some stock and open up.”

It’s a constant bitch. You’re constantly worried about getting jacked or busted. You are SUPPOSED to have your own members grow it for your own patients, so it’s not like you can just churn out unlimited amounts of product like a Bristol-Meyers factory. (This is the big way many co-ops will be forced to close, if the city enforces: YOU HAVE TO HAVE YOUR OWN MEMBERS GROW THE MARIJUANA FOR THE MEMBERS/PAITENTS OF THE COLLECTIVE. And the law states you can only have six plants. So take six and multiply it by the number of members any given collective has ; and that’s all you are supposed to be able to have to provide. It’s not supposed to be people showing up with duffle bags, signing up as a member, then selling their product to you like a wine buyer.


I walked into a co-op that looked at my doctors card (checked it like a bouncer checking ids at the door of a bar) and let me in without even checking to see if I was registered at the collective. THIS IS A VIOLATION. And I am happy to say, this was the first time I have experienced anything like this and it was a shock to me. So the city could go around and bust all the knuckleheads.

There are other things in the state law that will make some people simply say, “Fuck it…I didn’t know it was this complicated.”


And finally, the city needs to start some kind of “compliancy training program” that can have the co-ops “certified” or something like that.


ZD knows a lot of the things regarding security and some of the breaches of security. (For example, the co-op that installed bars all around the front, but you can go around to the back and EASILY break the little bathroom window and jump in. DOH!)


I know it’s new to see all of this and it may seem like “The Twilight Zone: New Amsterdam” episode (did they have one of those?); AND, ZD personally feels it’s getting a little NUTZ out there. BUT I LIKE THESE DECISIONS TO BE MADE FAIR, PARTIALLY AND NEUTRALLY. And I’m hearing too much “reefer madness” propaganda out there.

AND REMEMBER YOU DUMB POLITICAINS WHO ARE GOING TO BEND OVER AND SUCK UP TO A FEW SQUEEKY WHEELS…


HAVE YOU NOTICED HOW MANY FUCKING MEDICAL MARIJUANA COLLECTIVES THERE ARE IN THE CITY? You can say what you want about the validity of each patients’ need for the medication…BUT ITS A HELL OF A LOT OF PEOPLE…AND THEY ARE ACTIVIST MINDED…THEY GET OUT AND VOTE…AND A LOT OF THEM ARE IN THE GAY COMMUNITY…AND YOU ARE GOING TO PISS OFF A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE.


And speaking of the gay community; I heard that the State is cutting ALL of the AIDS drug program money. That’s right…not cutting part of it, but ALL of it. So you can expect patients may be turning to alternative medications, like..a-hum…MEDICAL MARIJUANA! So you might have a lot more patients coming out of the woodwork and into collectives. But you are SURE we already have enough, cause that lady and her husband complained at the neighborhood council meeting; neither of whom have probably had any contact or been affected by a single patient in any way.

The dispensaries are just happy to be able to operate and aren’t trying to mess that up for themselves by having some knucklehead kids mess it up for them. And most patients are just glad to be able to safely and easily walk into a small store, with nice people who you get to know like you barber or coffee barista or waitress at your usual restaurant. THE PATIENTS ARE NOT TRYING TO CALL ATTENTION TO THEMSELVES OR TRYING TO DRAW ADDED POLICE ATTENTION TO THEMSELVES. I don’t think these people are trying to go out of their way to bother the people who are complaining about them. And no one in the neighborhood complains about customers when it is a wine tasting or restaurant dinner rush.


Good luck, and here’s to getting off your ass and doing something, you idiots. You can blame it on Rocky all you want, but how did you not see this yourself? I though you know what goes on in your districts? (Oh boo-hoo-hoo…we told Rocky one time and he didn’t do anything. We were powerless. Plus, I didn’t know. Plus, it was Antonio’s job to tell us. Plus, I lost my eyesight and didn’t see them.


Now Nuch is going to have to try and fix this for you like he is going to have to try and fix everything else you didn’t do, like you were supposed to. But you sure didn’t make it easy for him, you dummies. Do you think he has the staff to take all of this on, now? Hell Naw. He ain’t ready for this yet, but now he HAS to be ready.


When I am at the public comment podium, it’s clear that I’m looking at 15 human anvils.

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