This Tuesday at 3 PM, Santa Cruz City Council will be considering an emergency moratorium on new medical marijuana dispensaries in the City limits (Item # 17 An Uncodified Interim Ordinance of the City of Santa Cruz Imposing a Temporary Moratorium on the Establishment of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries and Production Houses in the City of Santa Cruz and Declaring the Urgency Thereof.
At the Sleeping Ban/Boycott Bunny's Shoes Protest downtown on Saturday, I ran into medical marijuana activist Craig Canada (http://www.palmspringsbum.com/
). He made me aware of an upcoming sneak attack on Medical Marijuana at City Council this Tuesday. He mentions it in a response on the Sentinel Topix website (http://www.topix.net/forum/source/santa-cruz-sentinel/TFDQ6RAE14QVCP9BA/p2#c31
The Emergency Moratorium on New Medical Marijuana Dispensaries comes up at Santa Cruz City Council this Tuesday at 3 PM is a new emergency ordinance to suspend all new marijuana club applications. http://220.127.116.11/sirepub/cache/2/ewouwy45hpkd2u55qg3h2s55/215649806202009084514304.PDF
The agenda report (http://18.104.22.168/sirepub/cache/2/ewouwy45hpkd2u55qg3h2s55/215649706202009083523788.PDF
) doesn't give any evidence whatsoever of a huge flow of such applications nor any specifics about the "current and immediate threat to
the public health, safety, or welfare" involved.
The issue hasn't even made it into the Sentinel except in the bigoted and Prohibitionist-heavy Sentinel Topix forum comment section to an article in today's paper about carcinogens in marijuana smoke ("State rules marijuana smoke is a carcinogen, may require dispensaries to post warnings" at http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/localnews/ci_12654249
Where's the emergency? Why is it being crammed onto the afternoon session? Why the complete lack of publicity?
Contact City Council at 420-5020 to oppose this Rush to New Prohibition, which has received zero public notice in any widely read newspaper or website.