Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Planning Commission Will Rule On Sierra Madre Medical Marijuana Shops Tonight

Coming soon to downtown Sierra Madre?
A week ago we posted a tongue in cheek article about the possibility of medical marijuana clinics coming to Sierra Madre. The notion being that this would be a great source of tax money here, which is always a matter of great concern at City Hall. You know how deeply they care about that.

There is a real world angle to this, however. Because of a new California state law that deals with medical marijuana, the matter has actually been put before the Planning Commission this evening (link). They have the interesting task of deciding whether or not to recommend that these shops be allowed to open in Sierra Madre.

Unlike with some state mandates, local government still has a say in this, and it is pretty much assured that the Planning Commission is going to decide that such shops are not a particularly good fit for this community. That is my guess. I doubt they are going to have a very long conversation about it either, though it will be interesting to see who shows up for public comment.

Here is how the situation was explained in a post called "Could Medical Marijuana Cultivation Save The Sierra Madre Police Department?" last Thursday on The Tattler:

As anyone familiar with Sierra Madre's colorful counterculture past will tell you, this is a community that has long tolerated the use of marijuana within its borders. The question now being will the city monetize this longstanding tradition and in the process finance the preservation of its current status as a full service city. While at the same time maintaining the UUT at that 6% level the residents voted for in both 2012 and 2014.

This is the math. The UUT here is around $265,000 a percentage point. In order make up for the amounts of dough being lost through the sunsetting of utility taxes to 6%, you would need to sell $1.8 million dollars of weed and tax it at 15% (1,800,000 times 15% = $270,000). This for each point the UUT is reduced.

I figure Sierra Madre can reduce its UUT by one full percentage point for every 1,000 hard core potheads from the San Gabriel Valley purchasing their 420 in town. Not to mention the already robust native demand from domestic markets like The Canyon.

This is something that would not only keep the city's local money here, but could also help solve the store vacancy problem downtown. Sierra Madre would finally have a business model that will give shoppers a reason to come here and spend.

That plus also enhance the prospects of certain already existing businesses. Eateries would boom. Happy's would now become Happier, and The Bottle Shop could open up a whole new kind of tasting facility. Call it Billy's Bud Room. And after all, both already stock rolling papers.

Of course, what the State of California is mostly concerned about is medical marijuana. Which would also work for Sierra Madre. This is a town that has long enjoyed a reputation as a place where the sick and infirm could go to revitalize their sagging metabolisms and triumphantly return to the paths of health. Sierra Madre could corner the San Gabriel Valley weed market for the "I need my medicine!" crowd, and in the process collect a bumper crop of sales taxes.

OK, so I was only a little bit serious. However, here is the kicker. Did you know that medical marijuana is already available in Sierra Madre? And, should you have the proper prescription from your physician and be in need of "holistic care," you can have it delivered right to your door?

Here is a list of available area pot purveyors servicing Sierra Madre (link):


So no matter what the Planning Commission decides tonight, you will still be able to have your medical marijuana sent right to your house in Sierra Madre. However, the origin of that delivery will not be local, and therefore the taxes will not be collected here.

Which, outside of location, is apparently just about the only real difference.

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46 comments:

  1. I believe that almost everyone is missing the main point. City hall spending is out of control. City hall has failed to manage or budget the city's income correctly. City hall is spending the city's income for city hall employees inflated salaries,, pensions, health and death benifit cadalic packages. City hall has ilegally sucked out and misapplied the monies that belonged for water and sewer fund inprovements and used those monies to continue to fund and pay inflated salaries and pensions and cadalic health plans. City hall management and employees salaries and health plans must be overhauled and all pension as they know it must be eliminated or this city will file bk. In my opinion city management has failed to spend the $22 million dollars of city monies correctly. By selling dope, and even charging a city dope fee of 50% per transaction will not correct our cities monies problems. It will only led to more city employees raises, increased pensions and increased cadlic healt benifit packages. Vote to Repeal the UUT tax and force ciy hall to correctly manage and budget the $22 million dollars!

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    1. Isn't that really the reason why Sacramento is pushing to legalize pot? Tax money? Do you really think it is because of the supposed medical benefits? Nah.

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    2. Balance the budgets with drugs! Awesome! Maybe Isis could open up an automatic weapons boutique as well.

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    3. Guns and ganja night could be a popular local event.

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    4. I'm voting to repeal the UUT. The City needs to quit wasting our money.

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    5. If the UUT goes away there will be pot shops all over downtown.

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    6. 7:30 You should let the Chamber of Commerce know. Maybe they could bring in some gourmet food trucks for those munchies.

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  2. Just think. City hall has continually shown that it continues to miss manage the $22 million city budget monies. I can see city manage placing a dope dispenser at city hall which would sell and collect that ,50% dop tax. City hall could sell yellow dope along with continuing to mismanage its cash cow yellow water enterprise. What another bad mistake.

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    1. Just where do you think the city is mismanaging the budget money? CalPers? they are doing the best they can within the limits of the law. Police dept.? not contracted out yet. Management? it does take management to run any business. Perhaps you think Elaine is overpaid (probably is), but we couldn't hire anyone for less. Cut salaries? Not able to under the current contract, and you wouldn't want to cut salaries to some of the best employees who live within the city. Cut positions - Really?

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    2. Outside of safety stuff, what percentage of people take advantage of city services do you think? Is 10% too high a number?

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    3. 100% use city services,water,trash,roads,parks,lighting,etc.

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  3. Maybe the Passionists could give up on that housing development they want and turn their property into a pot plantation. That should get them the money they want.

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  4. Yes, but 4:40, doesn't the cultivation of marijuana take lots of water? Think of downsize #2 - with more traffic accidents by those pothead out of towners coming to purchase, we'll need to increase our police force, whether local or Sheriff. I may go to the PC meeting tonight just to see the show.

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    1. Doesn't the monastery have its own water source? That is what they told us.

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    2. 5:49 - Maybe the city could set up its shops at the border.

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    3. If they do have their own water (like the Stonehouse Heflin estate and the Carter place did), it'll be running low. They won't have enough to set up any kind of farming.

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    4. Agriculture zoning!

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    5. Green Enterprise Zone.

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  5. I was so proud of our City Council years ago when they voted to not allow gun shops or any store to sell bullets in Sierra Madre. It was merely a symbolic gesture, but, of course, the NRA threatened to sue our town.

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    1. Yeah, that Constitution and Second Amendment really frosts you, huh.

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    2. 7:39, the answer is always more guns.

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    3. Because CA, NY, DC and Chicago with the strictest gun laws in the country work so well.

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    4. More guns! A gun for everybody.

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    5. Sounds good.

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    6. If the kids were armed with guns Sandy Hook never would have happened.

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    7. I am conflicted about arming children. Is there something I don't know?

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    8. The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a toddler with a gun

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    9. 7:39am: You mean the 2nd Amendment that was adopted by the same people who thought it was fine and dandy for certain humans to own other humans?

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  6. Americans should be free to engage in whatever kind of commerce and recreation they want. That said, addiction- be it to alcoholism, drugs, gambling (lottery), etc. are ultimately disempowering societal ills. It's a shame that the government would look to further enslave its population in this fashion in order to keep disproportionally paying those already at the top.

    I would never vote against anyone else's free so in pursuit of happiness, but this kind of mass exploitation is sad.

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  7. The world is a mess.

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    1. Sometimes. Some parts.
      Most people are good.

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    2. You rarely see them on TV, or hear about them on the radio.

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  8. City Hall must be on Pot the way they manage our town.

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  9. Pot and alcohol should not be allowed in Sierra Madre, they are both drugs that alter the mind.

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    1. The majority of Sierra Madre's sales taxes come from alcohol and tobacco.

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    2. Churches shouldn't be allowed either.

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    3. Churches should be taxed, especially considering how political they've become in the lat 30 years.

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  10. Prohibition has failed.
    What shall we try next?

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  11. This is the only item on the Planning Commission agenda tonight. It is going to be a short meeting.

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  12. 4.29 explains the situation very well.
    Either some grown-ups on the CC impose some draconian remedies or the BK forces will do an even more painful hatchet job.
    Inaction by the CC leave the outcome a foregone conclusion. Someone on CC needs to 'grasp the nettle' before we all get badly stung.
    The prime casualty will be real estate values. Who wants to buy a house in a City where basic services will go unfunded?

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    1. Basic services will be funded. Those basic services can be provided by LA Sheriff Dept. (LASD) at approx. $800,000 savings a year against a general fund budget of less than $9,000,000.

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  13. All one has to do, allow source of delivery stores take place in Sierra Madre instead problem solved money in the bank

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  14. I'm afraid to as the PD but maybe someone here knows? At 1:15 this afternoon on the east bound 210 at Baldwin 2 SMPD cars and personnel had someone pulled over. What the heck is that all about and does that mean SM had no police to respond to our emergencies? I don't get that whole routine. There was a highway patrol car there also and that being the case why did it take 2 of our cars to be there? Who has the nerve to ask?

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  15. Police do that all the time. If we had the Sheriff in town they would never be here.

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  16. Whoa, man! Delivery? And all this time I've been getting take out!

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