Friday, February 17, 2017

Former Sierra Madre Mayor Joseph Mosca Votes In The Affirmative: Encinitas May Allow Marijuana Farms

Mod: It would appear that the marijuana issue is sprouting everywhere. Cities that would never have considered enabling marijuana commerce within their precincts in the past are now beginning to smell the green. Cash that is, though they might be enjoying a big whiff of that other variety as well. Here in Sierra Madre the downtown folks are bringing in a new City Manager, someone who actually managed to balance the once at-risk General Fund of his former Colorado jurisdiction through enhanced sales taxation on its many new cannabis businesses and specialty medical dispensaries. What goes around, comes around. As they used to say. Below is an excerpt from an article that appeared yesterday in The San Diego Union-Tribune

Encinitas may allow marijuana farms (The San Diego Union Tribune link): A North County city that was once known as the poinsettia-growing capital of the world is now exploring whether to allow some of its struggling flower farmers to cultivate marijuana as a way of preserving the city's agricultural heritage and keeping new housing from covering all the farmland.

The Encinitas City Council agreed Wednesday night to start collecting information that could be used to produce new regulations, including rules about where marijuana-growing operations could locate in town, what security measures the growers might need to provide, and how much they ought to pay in city taxes. The vote was 4-1, with Councilman Mark Muir opposed.

"I think our agricultural industry desperately needs this opportunity to compete," said Councilman Tony Kranz, who will serve on a subcommittee that will handle the issue.

For his part, Muir said he supported people's rights to use marijuana for medical reasons, but thought that allowing commercial marijuana growing in Encinitas would create a host of problems the city could do without. Encinitas shouldn't be considering replacing the poinsettia on its city seal with a marijuana leaf, he joked.

The impetus for the council’s debate was California's recent passage of Proposition 64. Approved by voters in November, it legalizes adult, non-medical use of marijuana, directs the state to establishes business regulations and imposes taxes on marijuana sales. The act's sections on recreational use and possession went into effect immediately, while the parts regarding regulatory control of marijuana sales businesses have until January 2018.

Cities across the state are now struggling to craft their own marijuana rules, including whether to allow commercial pot growing operations or just growing for personal use; whether to permit the manufacturing of products that contain marijuana; and whether to let retail stores sell the drug.

Adding to their challenges is the fact that it's illegal under federal law to use or possess marijuana. And, there's speculation that the nation's newly elected president might be more likely to enforce that federal law than his predecessor.

Won't you let a flower grow?
Mod: Long story longer. Here is the Mayor Mosca portion of the article.

Councilwoman Tasha Boerner Horvath, who recently conducted a non-scientific Survey Monkey poll on residents' views on the new state law, said she thought the council ought to support storefront sales because residents appeared to want them. That's what she found with her informal poll and it was backed up by the city's vote totals for Proposition 64, she said, noting that Encinitas had the highest passage rate in San Diego County on the proposition.

"I struggle with the retail sales," Boerner Horvath said, mentioning that she has two elementary school-age children and worries about them being exposed to marijuana use. "My sense is yes, we should (allow the storefronts) because that's the will of the people."

Newly appointed Councilman Joe Mosca said he wanted the city to take a "slow and measured" approach to making changes in response to the new state law, and said he wasn't sure he had enough information that night to take a position on the various regulatory issues.

Mod: Yeah, but Joe did have enough information to vote "yes" on this item. Proving that his talent for taking two sides on an issue, and at the very same time, has not gone away. So will Encinitas eventually open pot shops within its city limits? Sure, why not? Just like any other CalPERS debt strapped California city, there is precious little they won't do for cash. 

Here's a giant image of Putin caressing a pregnant Trump projected on a New York Apple store (Business Insider link):


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77 comments:

  1. Dont think the Federal Law will change anytime soon. With this Law and Order President, he would base his decision on the issues of Pot; with Law Enforcement weighing in.
    Cities could use extra cash, few Councils pay attention to the budget; spend, spend, spend is how most operate. Very little to show in the way of improvements or paying down debts or bonds.
    CalPERS just receive a huge increase, due to the Stock Market doing extremely well.

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    1. 5 Ways Trump Could Affect The Marijuana Industry
      http://www.forbes.com/sites/debraborchardt/2017/01/20/5-ways-trump-could-affect-the-marijuana-industry/#172417325416

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    2. From the Forbes article:
      "Many believe that President Trump's words indicate that he will either be in favor of states rights or at least support medical marijuana. However, President Trump has already show his willingness to back away from campaign rhetoric. For example, "Mexico paying to build the wall" is now "Mexico is going to pay for it later." So, there are no guarantees President Trump will stick to his previous statements."

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    3. Wait! Am I in an alt-universe? "Trump Guy" is sounding quite logical today. So far in one post........

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    4. "Trump Guy" is a spoof.

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    5. Are you saying that Mod. is possibly speaking as "Trump Guy" for our enlightenment?

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    6. Enquiring Minds lol

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    7. Trump loyalists stand by their man – but the resistance is taking root
      https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/17/donald-trump-supporters-pennsylvania-loyalists-resistance

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    8. No one knows what Trump will do, because there really is no there, there. Trump doesn't know what he'll do, either.

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    9. Mood swing management.

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    10. That's not trump guy.. spelling too consistent

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  2. Lol Mod, what a blast from the past. You are so right that good old Joe has that gift of taking both sides at the same time.
    And he gets people to trust him so much that they always think he's in agreement with the side they take.
    Weird.

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  3. Trump Guy. Are you boycotting Fox News today? http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-fox-news-shep-smith-criticism-boycott-a7585181.html

    Donald Trump’s supporters have launched a scathing attack on a Fox News anchor who criticised the US President’s treatment of reporters and his refusal to answer questions at his first solo press conference.

    Shepard Smith accused Mr Trump of "repeating ridiculous, throwaway lines that are not true at all."

    He said: "It's crazy what we're watching every day. It's absolutely crazy."

    His comments came after the US President launched a sustained attack on the media during a fiery and, at times chaotic, news conference.


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    1. Fox increasing trying to paint itself as 'fair and balanced' since the multiple harassment scandals and Ailes posting. But shep still the only 1/2 credible journalist on their payroll.

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    2. I think most Trumpers would be happier watching Russia Today.

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  4. The farmer thing is a canard. Encinitas just wants the tax money. This is a first step designed to lead to the general acceptance of marijuana dispensaries there. Remember, it is always about the money.

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  5. It is ironic that the need to fund the retirement accounts of law enforcement officers is leading cities to accept the presence of marijuana retailers.

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    1. perpetual cycle

      Grow, sell, seize, incarcerate, release, repeat

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  6. haha. the return of Smokin' Joe

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    1. Smokey Joe's Cafe
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6dA-liqmKs

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    2. where little egypt does the hoochi koochie real slow and joe says, 'man, be cool.'

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  7. Joe will say, I've saved you all from the evil's of weed, Federally we're not allowed to grow. Now; we must sell our souls to the developers with fists of cold hard cash.

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  8. Ok, the "spoof" is back. Been posting all morning long. Sometimes using spell check. The Communist Network News is throwing tizzy fits!
    We are an important News Net work, we're an Establishment, our slant of the News matters. LOL

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    1. Spoofy is wrong as usual. This from Forbes:
      CNN Thriving Despite Trump's 'Fake News' Attacks
      http://www.forbes.com/sites/brettedkins/2017/02/17/cnn-thriving-despite-trumps-fake-news-attacks-says-network-president/#5c1000086845

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  9. This "Storm of the century" is gunna be a real dud in Sierra Madre. There is a strong wind out of the East right now (several hours) and storm clouds are moving to the Northwest. I'm putting my money on an earthquake.

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    1. Clouds moving in from the Southwest, heading North. That signals that there's a big storm a brewing. Earthquake not due for another year or two.

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    2. Pineapple Express?

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    3. IDK The estimated accumulated total has gone from 6in.to 5in.to 4in.to 3in. and now 2.5in. "Earthquake not due for another year or two"?.Possibly you are not from these parts?

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    4. I may have misspoken about the rain. Sorry I still predict an earthquake tho......

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  10. 7:40 am. The Moderator would not create "fake news", he views these posts through Purple Haze...

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    1. Through a windshield, actually. I spend half my week driving.

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  11. Prohibition has never worked, and it spawns a black market for things, creating more crime. Better to regulate and tax. Alcohol, Fire and Tobacco (ATF) has long been the federal regulator for this. Time to include MJ, since it's not even a gateway drug, and it has medicinal qualities that help people heal from cancers and autoimmune diseases.

    This is as opposed to the legal painkiller OxyContin and its illegal cousin Heroin. Our State Senator Portantino is sponsoring legislation to forbid the sale of OxyContin to minors (under 21), because of the epidemic abuse of these opoid drugs.

    http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-california-senator-proposes-banning-1487192214-htmlstory.html

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    1. So glad that Guantanamo will remain open. Lock up the black marketeer's.
      MaryJane may be legalized for REAL medicinal harvested oil for those in need. Small amount of home grown; if your so inclined.
      All the rest ATF and MJ, Opiod's over prescribed; lock them all up.

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    2. What have you been taking?

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    3. Aw yeah trump troll is back in full effect

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  12. Made in America. Buy from, Made in America. Jobs back in America.
    Yes; even the North Dakota pipe line will have the steel from made in America.
    President Trump: Our Country is all about making dreams come true.
    I'm still smiling. Welcome President Trump. The right person for this "job" and at the right time.

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    1. Answer me this, Spoofy. Why do Darnold and daughter/wife Ivanka make their crap in China?

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    2. He won't answer. Don't bother.

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    3. Trump troll, you still haven't found a job yet?

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    4. This is his job. They pay him in Encinitas Gold.

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    5. Trump praising South Carolina for Wright bros "first flight," THAT WAS IN NORTH CAROLINA! Trump is speaking at his little rally at Boeing, filled with Trumpets to clap at his canned lines, and he began with the story of the Wright brothers first flight and keeps mentioning how exceptional that first flight was and how South Carolina (not obviously Boeing but South Carolina the state) should be VERY PROUD of that first flight.

      EXCEPT THAT THE FIRST FLIGHT WAS IN KITTY HAWK, NORTH CAROLINA. HENCE NORTH CAROLINA'S license plate, which reads "first in flight." This man is an unparalleled level of dumb.

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    6. He's dragging the office down to a level that no one could have predicted.

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    7. Hasn't even been a month.

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    8. Trump Job Approval 21 Points Below Average at One-Month Mark
      http://www.gallup.com/poll/204050/trump-job-approval-points-below-average-one-month-mark.aspx

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    9. Trump: total fraud
      trump troll: backed by amber mine

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    10. Fake president.

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    11. Speaking of amber mine, is John Wuo's buddy Steven Chen in prison yet ? Is Wuo ? Perhaps they have adjoining cells ?

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  13. Yes. Portantino so smart. Probably worked on that piece of legislation for a year! Now the authorities can lock up the parents, when their kids get the pills from off of mom and dad's nightstand.

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    1. You have a point, but it's actually legislation that prohibits SALES of opoid drugs ("legal" or otherwise) to minors. I think this is pointed at drug resellers. Once you open that door, then "legal" drugs become criminalized under certain circumstances. This will raise havoc on the drug schedules that currently exist. I do wonder if this has all been thought through.

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  14. Struggling Agriculture Industry in Encinitas Could Get Boost From Marijuana - In Encinitas, 65 percent of residents voted "yes" on Prop 64--the largest percentage in San Diego County
    http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Encinitas-Struggling-Agriculture-Industry-Could-Get-Boost-From-Marijuana-414025833.html

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  15. A little political history on MJ and Hemp (2 different things):

    Back in the late 1930s, on the precipice of war, America was at a cross-roads, and our adoption of a hydrocarbon based economy was not yet a fait accompli. In fact, Henry Ford himself had built the Iron Mountain Bio-refinery, to facilitate his vision of a bio-economy, with industrial hemp at its center, including plans to roll out, by 1942, a hemp composite car that ran on hemp based ethanol and methanol. Of course, J.D. Rockefeller had recently discovered big oil deposits in West Pennsylvania, Dupont was preparing to introduce America to new synthetic fibers, and Hearst had forests of trees waiting to be turned into paper.

    Though it was arguably a more cost effective and ecologically superior alternative in all three cases, each of these visionary captains of industry saw only the competition represented by industrial hemp, and ignored hemp’s immense promise. Even more than ignored, they actively fostered a misinformation campaign demonizing marijuana in order to tar industrial hemp with the same brush. In 1937, hemp production was banned. Soon embroiled in a world war however, the U.S. was forced to acknowledge reality and actually sponsored a war-time push on domestic hemp production to address military needs. An effort dubbed “Hemp for Victory.” Immediately post war, however, political refer madness reigned, and the ban was resumed; culminating eventually in the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, which classified not just marijuana, but all hemp, as a Schedule I narcotic. Sometimes timing, as they say, is everything.

    http://pasadenamag.com/reefer-madness/

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  16. Hi. I'm the Trump troll. I am at work now, I drive for a living and can't answer as I am having difficulity driving with this rain, my windshield is very hazy.

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    1. 10-4 good buddy.

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    2. 12:01pm. I am glad that someone else recalls history. The educational system doesn't cover basics anymore.
      Besides the strongest rope made from hemp that is still manufactured, the Auto industry figured out that cars built from hemp, would not be profitable.
      Virtually indestructible, the Auto market would not have a future. Less trade in's, less new cars needed, less Auto repairs, less Insurance for coverage due to accidents etc.
      Somethings in life are just magical.

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    3. The education system is gonna cover a lot less with deVoss in charge

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  17. Trump's tweet that the media is the enemy of the American people, is just about as evil a maneuver as has ever been done.
    He cannot be impeached soon enough.

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    1. Medical doctor suggests trump's outbursts could be the result of untreated syphilis!

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    2. The rumor is something really bad is coming down and Trump knows it. He is desperately trying to silence the messenger.

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    3. My understanding, it is not until 2024 that bad things will happen, depending on ones perspective!

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    4. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/17/business/trump-calls-the-news-media-the-enemy-of-the-people.html

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    5. Unknown - Can you elaborate?

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    6. 2024 end of the world, google.
      http://churchandstate.org.uk/2016/11/the-end-of-the-world-will-begin-in-2017-christians-say-and-its-predicted-in-the-bible/
      "Unsealed says, ‘This is a theory regarding the Tribulation beginning in Fall 2017 and ending in Fall 2024. I, along with many Watchers, was hoping expectantly for the Blessed Hope this Fall 2015, but the Fall Feasts are over and barring an unexpected rapture, it appears as though God has other plans. We must endure patiently until He comes!"


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    7. That's a lot of words to fit on a sandwich board.

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  18. 4:58 pm. So true. Between the dummies out there with expensive degrees from higher educational institutions, especially degrees in journalism, 2024 can't arrive too soon.

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  19. At the very least the Dems have to look to midterms and start emphasizing to some of the borderline rational white non-college males just how many promises to them Trump has broken.

    People like Trump guy will never be persuaded--they're too into idolatry. But there most be some that will see the truth. Keep the pressure on Trump, who doesn't have the mental fortitude to handle second guessing much less organized dissent. Take the House in 2018 and either impeach or simply hobble his agenda. The national nightmare will be over.

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    1. The Shadow knows.
      Two weeks before leaving the White House Obama signed and his cronies spread the love by removing NSA intelligence gathering and spreading it around to sixteen assorted organizations with little or no clearance.
      Will the leakers please stand up.

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    2. The leakers are patriots. Trump is Putin's bitch.

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    3. If that unverified claim about Obama is true then he may just have saved our county again. They must have known already trump troll train was collaborating treasonously with foreign adversaries.

      Obama isn't perfect but he truly is brilliant. The only president with a degree in international diplomacy and who taught constitutional law.

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    4. Just imagine how much good an honorable person like him could have accomplished if he had some cooperation from the GOP in Congress or if even some moderate Republicans had abandoned the racist wing of the GOP.

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  20. Caliphate suppost to happen in 2024. God's gonna be very busy.

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  21. Hey guys! What about the US taxpayers paying for security for the Trump family. I understand Donald, Melania, and little Barron. Maybe even Tiffany. But we're on the hook for security for Don, Jr. and Eric as they bounce around the world opening Trump hotels and spas or some such. Papers say one of them spent $700K on hotels for one adventure in the Arab world. Can't Trump Int'l or whatever it's called pay for the boys' security?

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    1. Talk to trump troll- he was scrutinizing obamas vacation expenditures regularly- no doubt trump troll will have accurate accounting for trump's extravagances. Including $1/2 million+ a day to care for his immigrant wife who has no patriotism to live in the 'white' house

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  22. And, what say you about calling out the National Guard to round up the undocumented and return them to their country of origin? All 11,000,000? Maybe they could save some time and just execute them on the spot. Bet that'd encourage them to "self-deport" ...

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    1. You deserve to be waterboarded for that treasonous asinine post.

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