council's decision puts patients at a disadvantage, as they'll have to
pay higher prices in Santa Barbara, or even drive all the way to Los
Angeles or Santa Cruz. (One should note that Russell has a horse in this race -- his operation is housed in a private Goleta residence).
pot dispensaries shouldn't be operated out of houses, and should
instead be in commercial locations. The mayor noted that because of the
current conflict with federal law, the possibility of federal raids on
residential properties could mean a safety liability for the
surrounding community. However, Attorney General Eric Holder has said
federal raids would end on dispensaries which operate in compliance
with state law.
said he was skeptical of a document produced by city staff claiming
that medical Marijuana dispensaries "attract crime." "If we were to
prohibit businesses that attract crime, we could go on a rampage," he
said, rightly noting that stores selling liquor and guns are more risky.
Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department, contracted by Goleta for law
enforcement, took a -- you guessed it! -- staunch anti-pot stance. Sergeant
Kevin Huddle claimed regulation of dispensaries "is difficult from a
Sheriff's Department perspective because it's illegal by federal law."
That might hold some water, if Huddle were a federal agent. Since
he instead works for the state of California, we suggest he quit whining and do his job.
criminals who can steal cash and Marijuana. Wait, what? Criminals are
breaking into a legitimate, lawful business, and rather than, say, doing your job and stopping them, you are advocating closing the businesses rather than stopping the criminals?
never had any intentions of regulating," pot advocate Russell said. "They waited
until the last minute to put the city council in a position where time
was an issue, and it's just not fair."
in Santa Barbara County, only the city of Santa Barbara and
unincorporated areas allow medical Marijuana dispensaries.Carpinteria
and Solvang prohibit them, while Lompoc and Santa Maria have moratoria
in place, according to the Santa Barbara & Goleta Noozhawk.