"Long Beach Police last week made two arrests in connection with an illegal marijuana grow operation in a vacant storefront located next door to the main office of an alternative high school in Bixby Knolls.
Long Beach Police Department Narcotics detectives arrested Robert DeWeese, 64, of Seal Beach, and David Benalt, 25, of Manhattan Beach, on Thursday, July 21, in connection with the illegal marijuana grow operation at 4352 Atlantic Ave., LBPD spokesman Sgt. Rico Fernandez said... A search warrant was served at the location last Thursday, at which time detectives seized approximately 200 marijuana plants and took the two suspects into custody, Fernandez said."
What are your thoughts on having weed legal or illegal in Long Beach? Do you live near a medical marijuana dispensary? If so, are they a nuisance in the community? Do you know anyone who has benefited from the plant? How do you think the police are handling this situation city-wide?
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Just legalize it already!! The pros outweigh the cons a hundred fold - tax it and make a TON of money for the city, provide relief to those with medical conditions that could use it, get rid of the gang turf wars (not sure if that is actually still happening but it sounded good, right?) and get thousands of people out of the overcrowded prison system that are only there because of weed related charges!
Personally I would rather be able to go into a pub and smoke a jay then maybe order a couple of beers to ease the inevitable cotton mouth, plus once the munchies kick in I would be ordering food so the restaurant/bar would still make their money - win/win for everyone! :)
Also, from what I have experienced among the general population, you are less likely to wanna start a fight or go jump in a car and go driving like a bat out of hell after smoking some marijuana and possibly kill someone or yourself, but after too many drinks...you know the rest of the story.
Bottom line, everything in moderation and use with some common sense; make it legal, but only to adults above the legal age of 18 (or 21, I guess) in much the same way that alcohol is legal. And if for some reason you are opposed to marijuana, then don't use it! It seems like a no brainer.
Haha I like your perspective on that.
I normally hear a lot of complaints from people who live next to bars instead of weed shops. Smoking weed has nowhere near the same effects as getting drunk which can to lead to a lot of harmful stuff. You touched a good point though, moderation is key with ANYTHING.
a 64 yr old and a 25 yr old. sounds like the pot version of "breaking bad"!
i live a few blocks from 3 dispensary's on broadway, 1 up the street on 7th. i frequent the bars and restaurants on b'way and have never seen any negativity activity around them (or in them for that matter! yes, i have a card). not around the one on 7th but havent noticed anything out of ordinary when driving/riding bike by.
whose benifited? ummm, it makes it a whole lot easier to get yer buzz on! elimantes drug deals gone bad too. after all, havent we decided that we lost the war on drugs? Oh, u mean the plant itself!. It mellows out this high strung, up tight, clinically depressed guy. so i guess it's weed or prozac for me and going green is the trend these days so.....
I would like to see a community MJ garden like a victory garden. Like the one by Eldorado park and the animal shelter. Then set up cameras everywhere and catch all the criminals that try to climb the garden fence. It might be a great way for the police to catch all the criminals with warrants they've been looking for. 2 birds one stoned thing.
...And an art gallery devoted to MJ would really be appropriate for the arts council to set up a grant program for, especially considering how MJ dispensaries have revitalized the LB business community and the city of lb has brought in so much revenues from dispensary permits.
I know this point is controversial...but autism students are regularly prescribed marinol to function....maybe the rules about distances from schools needs to be revisited and spend that time thinking about how marinol can help students with special needs
...also how about a medical garden for each jail in CA!!!! really use that land and help people with mental problems who are incarcerated or self medicating