I feel so safe now. I live in San Rafael, where a police undercover operation shut down the business office of Compassionate Caregivers, a nefarious medical marijuana dispensary’s business office. You just have to bask in how protected we are here.
With San Rafael’s police department staff slashed 15% due to budget cuts, and only one public school resource officer remaining for all three of the city’s school districts, the police must be very judicious in targeting their investigative efforts.
It is reassuring that they knew it was a waste of time to focus on violent crime, or the 20 erotic massage parlors doing business in plain sight. We need to dedicate our resources to eradicating marijuana in San Rafael’s private offices.
We have been fighting marijuana since the 1960s, so surely we are on the verge of winning!
I know there are a lot of naysayers who will second guess the police decision to use scarce resources for this. After all, the War On Drugs has also been around for a half century with only minimal impact. And the continued prohibition on drugs has all but destabilized Mexico, leading to thousands of murders, and now spilling across the American border to spread terror and crime here at our home.
And I hear those arguments that marijuana has medicinal powers that relieve those in horrible pain. But the federal government has continually ruled that marijuana has no medicinal value. We know our government would not lie to us.
All of the problems…the crime, the murders, the empowerment of underground economy and its attendant loss of tax revenue…is a small price to pay if it means that little Bobby and Susie will never ever smoke pot like we did. Not that we ever did, of course.
Sure, San Rafael is the historic home of the national day of marijuana smoking (4/20). And sure we were home to the Grateful Dead. And surely sure marijuana will be legal in California within two years. But there is no point in San Rafael doing strategic planning to reap the economic benefits by getting ahead of the curve instead of following far behind.
When I ran for San Rafael City Council, I called for the city to support medical marijuana dispensaries in the North San Rafael Commercial Center where there are no schools or parks, and children are seldom seen. The city has responded by launching a police raid on our last (known) dispensary. I guess I was just being foolish or having one of those marijuana flashbacks.
the city council members, most or all of whom have probably smoked a spliff at
some point in their life, could decide to make San Rafael the progressive city
we are supposed to be. They could
support medical marijuana as our voters overwhelmingly approved it, and find
appropriate locations for it. They could
start thinking about how to operate San Rafael in the coming world of
legalization, and position us for a tax base.
They could lead instead of follow.
In San Rafael we pay a higher sales tax than any other community in Marin, Sonoma, or San Francisco. We have a crushing debt of unfunded public pensions. We cannot afford to maintain a full police force anymore.
The city could gain revenues through sales tax and business licenses for dispensaries in industrial parks or medical centers, and help address the city’s truly desperate financial health.
Would this be a better plan than using our underfunded police department to instead run an undercover operation against the medical marijuana dispensary? Do you think so? You must be high.