Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Stephen McCamman of the Medical Marijuana Industry Shows Up to Pitch Sierra Madre's City Council

To view last night's City Council meeting click here.

The final decision on Ordinance 1388 (Municipal Code Text Amendment 17-03, amending Chapter 17.10 of the Sierra Madre Municipal Code, regulating personal marijuana uses and prohibiting commercial marijuana uses, whether for medical or non- medical), was pushed off to the next City Council meeting. There was some confusion about whether or not to allow marijuana devotees to grow their six legally allotted plants in their backyards, or restrict such agricultural efforts to the great indoors alone.

Under California's new pot laws, as voted upon by the good citizens of the Golden State, anyone who wishes can grow up to six marijuana plants in their home. There is nothing much that any city can do about it, either. However, the law is silent on outdoor growing, and some of those concerned about fire dangers are convinced that permitting people to grow their grass outdoors is the far safer - and therefore wiser - thing to do. Grow lights really can heat up a house.

However, Councilman John Capoccia, who doesn't have a Libertarian bone anywhere in his body, thought that allowing outside marijuana farming, six plants and all, would promote illicit sales, lifestyle mistakes, and uncontrolled mayhem in general. City Manager Gabriel Engeland, a man who thoroughly understands marijuana issues, then jumped in and proposed that any further deliberations on Ordinance 1388 be delayed for two weeks.

Engeland confessed that perhaps the outside grow concept, which was originally passed by the Planning Commission as a land use consideration, might need a little further thinking through. The City Council bit, and the issue has now been bumped to July.

Here's an interesting part

A gentleman named Stephen McCamman spoke during public comment on this topic. While he claimed to be a political science professor, Linked In describes him this way: "Professor of Political Science Cuyamaca College September 2005 – May 2015 - now retired." Steve didn't mention the retired part last night. Or that he has since moved on to something completely different. At least not at first.

Professor McCamman did seem humble and low key enough. He claimed to have grown up in Sierra Madre, and had just now returned here to bury his mother. She was a woman who had lived in the Foothill Village for over 40 years, and during the last decade of her life suffered the ravages of Alzheimer's disease. And one thing that did help her with the associated pain and suffering was Medical Marijuana. This all seemed deeply personal for Stephen.

It was an interesting and touching story, told quite well. Mayor Arizmendi actually allowed him to speak from the podium twice, which doesn't happen here very often. Based on his mother's experiences, McCamman discussed the importance of allowing one specially designated medical marijuana delivery service to function in town as a way of getting cannabis to those needing it to help alleviate their suffering.

Steve claimed this could be done safely by using an unmarked delivery car backed by an equally anonymous warehousing facility. Presumably located nearby in town. I am also assuming that McCamman would want to be the person operating this sweet competition-free enterprise.

Oh, and he also mentioned the revenue City Hall could obtain through this one sole source for Medical Marijuana in the 'Dre. He claimed it could be six figures. That must be noted as well. He understands the financial pressures facing small cities like Sierra Madre, and used it to good effect.

McCamman did get some positive vibes from the City Council, especially from Professor Gene Goss. As the father of a teenage boy, Gene spoke of his antipathy to marijuana in general. But he also confessed that he found what McCamman had to say compelling. Others murmured their interest as well. Except Denise Delmar, who seemed to withhold judgment.

It does seem that Stephen was able to get his foot in the City Hall door, and further conversations with city officials on medical marijuana in Sierra Madre could soon be in the offing. The professor left his contact info and some glossy materials with the City Clerk, and left.

So who is Stephen McCamman?

A big time medical marijuana entrepreneur out of San Diego and Encinitas, apparently. Here are a few articles I found by doing a quick Google search.


I don't know about you, but my body has never been able to "produce its own marijuana." Which is probably why I am able to get through my busy workdays without screwing things up too badly. ECB deficiency and all.

The Encinitas connection is interesting. That is a city on the verge of legalizing large scale marijuana cultivation within its borders. Among other things.  Former Sierra Madre Mayor and now Encinitas Councilmember Joe Mosca is apparently a part of all that rhythm. Link here for an interesting read.

There is an interview with Stephen McCamman on a webpage called Dr. Frank.com. A site where you can find the information you need to obtain a medical marijuana card. No questions asked. What is interesting is that in this interview, which took place on May 21st, or about 5 weeks ago, there is no mention of that mother in Sierra Madre. This time the sufferer is his wife.

Stephen McCamman on Elevate the Conversation (DrFrank.com link)


The rest of the interview is available at the link above.

Don't get me wrong, this McCamman guy could be on the level. I don't mean to harsh on the dude's mellow too hard. But I also have to confess some gut level doubts about some of the claims he made last night. It could just be about the money. It almost always is. And couldn't this be a way the marijuana industry finesses its merry self into town?

That said, you just never know who or what is going to show up at a City Council meeting.

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52 comments:

  1. It's high time we decide something about this

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    1. There is quite a buzz in town about last night's City Council meeting.

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    2. I hope nobody freaks out.

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  2. My body must not be producing its own marijuana this morning. I find this all smacks of a con.

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  3. BTW, under Sierra Madre law how much marijuana is your body allowed to produce?

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  4. Depends on zip code.

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  6. Just to on the safe side this comment is meant for the Marijuana people and not who is should have been directed at, The entire Sierra Madre city council along with department heads? "It could just be about the money. It almost always is. And couldn't this be a way the marijuana industry finesses its merry self into town?
    That said, you just never know who or what is going to show up at a City Council meeting."

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  7. Maybe he was there to elevate the conversation. You know, elevate?

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  8. My family lived two doors down from the McCammans it was very sad when his mother got the measles and died last spring. I will always remember the smell of fresh baked apple pie drifting through the neighborhood and little Steven playing happily in the front yard,a lovely family



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    1. "What do you think that I made of her feet?
      The very best pickles that you ever did eat;
      Pickles or glue or any such thing,
      The sow took the measles and she died in the spring" Burl Ives

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  9. OK, I get the unmarked delivery vehicle and distribution facility. But how exactly would this medical marijuana business advertise itself? How would people know its around?

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  10. I thought that plant growth was to be outside, being from the 60's.
    It is good to have clarity.
    Home grown is less potent, then what is commercially produced.
    Doctors are finding that certain oils extracted from cannabis are beneficial; prescriptions are between "you" and your Doctor.
    I don't think the city needs "this" type of "business", but hey; if the city reserves fall below an acceptable amount, or if the town residents are squeezed on paying CalPERS entire amounts; all options should be open to further discussions.
    Look out indoor tanning beds, you have competition!

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  11. I wonder if Professor McCamman might know someone on the city council. Or at city hall.

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  12. Time magazine is still in print?

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    1. Apparently Donald prints his own.

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  13. Stephen Mccamman MA has spent 10-years in the medical cannabis industry. He is a former professor of political science drawn to the social, health and political implications of the developing medical cannabis industry. As founding member of the Clinical EndoCannabinoid Consortium, a non-profit research organization, Stephen has in-depth knowledge of the research and development of cannabinoid therapies. He also has extensive experience operating dispensaries and understanding patients’ medicinal needs. Professor McCamman is owner/operator of CBD Wellness - a company focusing on integrating cannabinoid therapeutics into complementary and alternative healing practices. Stephen may be contacted via Tel: +1 619-333-9067; stephen@calstatecaregivers.com www.calstatecaregivers.com www.thecesc.org

    http://www.positivehealth.com/author/stephen-mccamman

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  14. I think it's clear that Mr. McCamman knows good old Joe Mosca, prior council member.
    The cleaning up of the CUP's condictions of applications has streamed lined add on's for onsite cultivation rooms.
    Problem solved for the inside/outside growing trend.

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  15. Dude had his hustle on.

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    1. Dude where's my car? I cant remember...

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    2. "Just make sure you lock it."

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  16. Healthcare reform, repeal and replace will try to reach agreement by Friday.
    Cannabis could be added as alternatives In treatments along with traditional medicine.

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    1. Trump's inbred Atty General Jeff Sessions wants to lock up pot users and throw away the key. How can you say such ridiculous stuff?

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    2. Collossal failure to reform- no one is buying the BS extremist agenda- not even other republicans. Otherwise why be so secretive? Elitists out of touch with real Americans

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    3. Secretive?...Remember you have to vote on it to read it?

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    4. 12:50 - read the news how they've kept it secret. Probably hundreds of pages long then try to force a vote

      You'll understand how it works

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  17. I don't think you need to open up a secret marijuana dispensary in Sierra Madre to get the drug to people here who need it. There are places all over Los Angeles County that sell. Plus they deliver and don't do it in cars with marijuana leaves painted on the sides.

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    1. Not secret just not blantantly advertised

      Big difference

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    2. Once it is in place everyone will know. Only a fool would believe otherwise.

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    3. Why not just have the City store it and the police deliver it. Hopefully boost municipal revenues.

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    4. Dope and donuts is a good combination.

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    5. Maybe you can have Gourdikian guard it?

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  18. 10:27am. The "inbreds" let you out, it's obvious by the text you leave.

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    1. Trey Gowdy has
      A little nose
      When it smells Donald
      In it goes.

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    2. Ewww good one 12:31. you a smart feller.You under 12 or over 90 years old?

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  19. Marijuana has been; Grown,harvested,imported,exported,sold,traded,and used in Sierra Madre for at least 60 years. Things are just peachy as they are...

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  20. Yea but this could be the first time the City gets to partake in the spoils.

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  21. Hi, this is Stephen McCamman. Thanks for the write up. I'd be happy to speak with you directly. I would like to offer a couple of clarifications and answer any questions you may have. Mccamman@gmail.com Also, my mother had a name, Sheila Verbiscar and she lived in Sierra Madre for 55 years, not 40. Look forward to speaking with you.

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  22. Ann Verbiscar McKenzieJune 28, 2017 at 6:47 PM

    Wow,Stephen is my brother, he was on the mayors special task force in San Diego on the subject, he is on the up and up I can assure you. He also has started a nonprofit research group to help with testing for THC and CBD levels. I'm sad that many of us don't know about the cannabinoid system in our bodies. Research it it's fascinating. As for the question of my mother and her having Alzheimer's. Yes my mother did pass away from Alzheimer's last weekend yes I did use cannabis oil to treat her and yes it helped her,to say anything negative about her is disgusting and you should be ashamed. Get the facts, peace and love peace and love

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    1. What was said about her that was negative?

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    2. Shame and peace all in one sentence?

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  23. Legal Pre-ICO Medical Marijuana Corporstion for sale. $2.5 Million for Corporation License only.
    With a pre-ICO Corporation you are guaranteed a recreational license in 2018.
    The value of thr final product dramatically increases when it is distributed in the Medical Industry.
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    Listed as Golden Opportunity!
    Los Angeles has the Sheriff's Department and Pot opportunites; Sierra Madre - undecided.

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    1. Trump credibility crisis
      Everyday
      For years

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  25. 6:47pm. The Mckenzie family up on Grandview Ave?

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