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Measure U is an Unintended Bad Idea

I am no drug warrior, but if a ballot measure is written badly I am always ready to challenge bad ideas. I would like reasonable safe access for marijuana in all cities in our state, but Measure U is no free market and will be just as destructive as prohibition.

Measure U is going to establish a monopoly where one business interest will control marijuana in the city of Upland. Namely the people who own T&A Video in Upland. Maybe they are thinking the digital market is killing adult video and they need to branch out in  the marijuana business.  They will want to concentrate the marijuana sector near Cable Airport in the city, but its going to lead to negative externalizes such as crime in the north west part of the city.

If the proponents wanted to try again, they should limit it to 1 marijuana business per individual or corporation. Also they could make set asides for ethnic minorities and even veterans to add some diversity to the marketplace.  Maybe establish 2-3 stores in each quadrant of the city instead of just three owned by one owner. The San Bernardino County Republican Party is located above a marijuana dispensary and it leads to vandalism, loitering and other crimes around the business park where its located. I think a private security officer should be employed by the landlord to help facilitate the customers to get in and out of the business.  I think when Proposition 64 happens, marijuana is going to be super saturated where the price of the product is going to be reduced which will hopefully kill down the value.

Monopolies suck, spreading the brunt of the establishments in one part of the city is also wrong.

I oppose U.

Submission to the Daily Bulletin

Medical Marijuana should become a legal treatment option for those genuinely in need for its therapeutic benefits. Although it is illegal according to federal law to possess and cultivate Marijuana, efforts should be made to legalize it with strict regulations to prevent the drug from being used recreationally.

It is a severe tragedy that cities across the Inland Valley have weakened Proposition 215. For those with AIDS, Cancer, glaucoma and multiple sclerosis as examples marijuana provides them the opportunity to regain appetite, relieve chronic pain and nausea.

If we want to help those in need we need to have methods of dispensing the drug without the side effects of crime and traffic. Also, we need to encourage our congress members to support the bi-partisan bill from Hinchey and Rohrabacher to prevent the Justice Department and DEA from arresting or prosecuting medicinal marijuana patients.