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Z107.7 EDITORIAL: COUNCILS, GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE SAND ON MARIJUANA

"Town and city Council members should pull their heads out of the sand and realize the majority of their citizens voted FOR legalized recreational marijuana." -- Editor Tami Roleff

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By Z107.7 NewsZ107.7 News, on May 15th, 2017

An editorial opinion from Z107.7 News… The Town of Yucca Valley is drafting a new ordinance to deal with the legalization of marijuana, both for medical and recreational use. Opponents of Measure X—a ballot measure that failed in 2015, which would have allowed two medical marijuana dispensaries in the Town of Yucca Valley—argue that failure of the measure proves that the majority of town residents do not want marijuana legalized in town limits. Managing editor Tami Roleff says that’s just not true…

At Yucca Valley Town Council meetings and planning commission meetings held recently, many residents have stated during public comments that the 2015 failure of Measure X, which would have allowed two medical marijuana dispensaries in town limits, proves that the majority of town residents don’t want marijuana sold in any form in town limits. Those contentions are false, however. According to the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters, 77 percent of Yucca Valley’s 10,471 voters cast ballots in the November 8 election.

More than 800 people voted in favor of Prop 64, which legalized recreational marijuana than voted against it (4,354 to 3548). Twentynine Palms had similar results; 75 percent of the city’s voters voted in the election, and the YES on Prop 64 won by 855 votes (2,553 to 1698).

Town and city Council members should pull their heads out of the sand and realize the majority of their citizens voted FOR legalized recreational marijuana. The failure of Measure X two years ago doesn’t mean they are against the legalization of marijuana today.

Those contentions are false, however. According to the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters, 77 percent of Yucca Valley’s 10,471 voters cast ballots in the November 8 election. More than 800 people voted in favor of Prop 64, which legalized recreational marijuana than voted against it (4,354 to 3548). Twentynine Palms had similar results; 75 percent of the city’s voters voted in the election, and the YES on Prop 64 won by 855 votes (2,553 to 1698).

Town and city Council members should pull their heads out of the sand and realize the majority of their citizens voted FOR legalized recreational marijuana. The failure of Measure X two years ago doesn’t mean they are against the legalization of marijuana today.

Twentynine Palms had similar results; 75 percent of the city’s voters voted in the election, and the YES on Prop 64 won by 855 votes (2,553 to 1698). Town and city Council members should pull their heads out of the sand and realize the majority of their citizens voted FOR legalized recreational marijuana.

The failure of Measure X two years ago doesn’t mean they are against the legalization of marijuana today.

By Managing editor Tami Roleff

Z107.7 Link to story providing more information.

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One Response to Z107.7 EDITORIAL: COUNCILS, GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE SAND ON MARIJUANA

  1. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter May 15, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Today the the bells of the The First Amendment Freedom of the Press rang very loud across the Basin at the local radio station with the editorial/opinion piece by Managing Editor Tami Roleff. The Morongo Basin Broadcasting Corporation and Ms. Roleff are saluted for this editorial.

    Editorials or opinions are rare at the station. It is encouraged to write more editorials. It dosen’t matter if we agree or disagree, editorials such as Roleff wrote are the grass-roots of journalism.

    When the Y.V. council visits the issue of Prop. 64 (marijuana for recreational and/or medical use), they have many alternatives to serve the people and become more of a hub — including deriving more taxes. As the editorial points out, Y.V. voters in fact approved Prop 64. It won by 855 votes. It needs to respect Y.V. voters.

    The old Measure X on no dispensaries or home delivers is moot.

    The station’s editorial is correct and timely. They did their homework!

    Further, no town or city council shouldn”t have the power to control California’s INTRASTATE COMMERCE by picking and choosing who can legally enter the city to make legal deliveries of commerce. There are a myriad of mobile couriers that are in my opinion unconstitutional bared from the city. Y.V. has the ability to move itself into the future and serve voters and residents. Certainly, they have the ability to serve participating veterans, seniors and Americans with Disabilities whom choose to use a safe and legal alternative plant medication.

    Postscript: The Twentynine Palms City Council is hopeless in terms of genuine concern (as opposed to rhetoric) and compassion for participating veterans, seniors and Americans with Disabilities whom choose to use a herbal, safe, legal plant as medication. That council is approaching brain dead status with deficits, lack of funds to complete the Phonenix project, bond debt plus costs and attorney fees of $33 million, a retail vacancy rate of just over 41 percent. They are misguided and gullible. Consultants have just recently recommending a possible sales tax increase in the very near future (as an alternative to the city’s reckless and moronic spending spree) to which the city is facing more $$ going out than coming in.

    The majority the 29 council are incapable of change, incapable of compassion and don’t give a hoot that their voters yes on the recreational use of MJ. They copied a boilerplate embargo on dispensories and have restricted interstate mobile deliveries.

    On the other hand, Y.V.’s council is presently dealing with their MJ ordinance and they are smarter and better educated on the new ordinances they are drafting. Well see… .

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