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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Kern County bans store-front medical marijuana shops

Fear of Freedom is bi-partisan.  Both parties in California oppose legalization.

"Political tags - such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth - are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire."   - - - - Robert A. Heinlein

Another victory for Big Brother and increased crime

Big Brother is bi-partisan.  People live in fear that someone might enjoy their lives without having to bow down and beg permission to do so.

So Democrat and Republican County Supervisors joined ranks to ban legal store-front pot outlets.  The Kern Supervisors voted not only to increase crime but to make currently law abiding citizens criminals.

The crowd in the Kern County Board of Supervisors chambers erupted with shouts of rage laced with profanity Tuesday after supervisors unanimously passed a ban on store-front medical marijuana collectives in unincorporated Kern County.

The vote to create the "emergency" ordinance was unanimous says the Bakersfield Californian.

Pot workers, patients, caregivers and their attorneys vowed to immediately launch a referendum to reverse the decision and sue the county to block the ban from taking effect in 30 days.

But the biggest immediate impact of the supervisors' actions could be to the large number of marijuana grows that instantly became illegal Tuesday when supervisors passed an emergency ordinance that limited the number of plants that could be grown on any parcel of property to 12 or less.

The people in the supervisors' chambers, the decision that angered them most was the ban on store-front collectives or cooperatives and the sale of edible marijuana products.

They had been rallying against the proposed ban in front of Kern County Superior Court since early Tuesday morning and they were fired up when the vote took place at about 6:30 p.m.

Jeff Clark yells "it's against the law" as he storms out of the Kern County Board of Supervisors meeting before the vote on the medical marijuana dispensary issue. He would later say outside the chambers that "he can't tolerate this kangaroo court."

The only option the ordinance leaves patients who rely on marijuana to battle AIDS, cancer and a host of other illnesses is to go to a drug dealer, said attorney Phil Ganong.

"They want us to go to the back alleys so the sheriff can arrest us," he said.

The room erupted into shouting and the small army of Kern County Sheriff's deputies stationed in the chambers cleared the room while Supervisor Mike Maggard called a five-minute recess to restore calm.

Kern County Sheriff deputies line the lobby outside the Board of Supervisors chambers as the overflow crowd filed out after the vote on medical marijuana dispensaries.  It appears the Government Elite are fearful of the peasants revolting.

Kern County, California

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