June 15, 2005


California Reins In Clinics Using Marijuana for Medical Purposes (DEAN E. MURPHY, 6/15, LA Times)

Even before the United States Supreme Court last week upheld federal authority over marijuana, even in states where its use for medical purposes is legal, city officials, dispensary owners and medical marijuana advocates in San Francisco had begun questioning how much of the drug was enough.

Last month, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors imposed a six-month moratorium on new dispensaries after health officials counted at least 43 unregulated facilities, including one in a building where formerly homeless people were receiving drug and alcohol abuse counseling. Even with the moratorium, there have been reports of new clubs setting up shop.

"The absence of laws has allowed adverse opportunities to emerge," said Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, who proposed the moratorium.

Capt. Rick Bruce of the San Francisco police said more marijuana was on the streets than at any other time in his 30 years with the department. Captain Bruce said that while there were many sick people who legitimately turned to the drug for treatment, countless dealers had used the dispensaries as a cover for illegal sales.

"It's a huge scam," said Captain Bruce, who heads the city's Bayview station, which covers some of the highest-crime neighborhoods.

Who'd have dreamt that "medical" marijuana was a mere cover for an assault on society?

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 15, 2005 7:11 AM

San Franciscans already walk around with their heads full of so many delusions, marijuana can hardly add anything.

Meanwhile, to the benefit of the rest of us, they are unintentionally constructing a huge billboard explaining to the rest of the country what is wrong with legalization.

Liberalism - a massive and effective 'wrong way' sign (for those who can read).

Posted by: ZF at June 15, 2005 11:16 AM

As soon as we admit that "medical" use affects casual use, the majority is Raich is shown to have been right.

Posted by: David Cohen at June 15, 2005 11:26 AM

And if we legalized marijuana, or any other narcotic with the possible exception of LSD, what precisely would be the problem other than it would force a lot of cops, lawyers, judges, prison guards, and politicians to (quel horreur!) earn an honest living?

Posted by: bart at June 15, 2005 11:34 AM

they disassociate the user from himself and are, therefore, evil.

Posted by: oj at June 15, 2005 11:43 AM