David James is a founding member of The Human Solution and has been an activist for many many years. David also works in a leadership role with Orange County Norml and Orange County ASA.
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The Anaheim Convention Center is host to the Kush Expo in July. by David James
This marijuana trade show features a medicating area where patients can intake their medicine, a Kush Cup where high grade medical marijuana is sampled, and doctors on site who provide medical marijuana recommendations. A wide variety of intake devices are offered by many entrepreneurs in this growing market. Thousands will flock to the Anaheim Convention Center to sample the latest and greatest in medical marijuana, meet friends, and purchase “bongs”, vaporizers, roach clips, and rolling devices.
But once they leave the Convention Center, they find they cannot obtain the Holy Herb in Anaheim. Anaheim, like most other cities in Orange County, has a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries. The ban, enacted in August, 2007, was not vigorously enforced because of court challenges to the ban. But on May 6, 2013, the California Supreme Court ruled that cities can ban dispensaries. So Anaheim and other Southern California cities which had enacted bans in the past started vigorous enforcement of the bans.
These bans are still being challenged in the courts on other grounds, but until these cases are decided in court, the promises made by Proposition 215 and SB420 are hollow promises. Yes, you may have medical marijuana and use it, but unless you can grow it yourself or travel to another city in another county, you cannot obtain it. People who don’t have the space for cultivation or the talent and experience to grow a medical grade of marijuana will probably get their medicine from the street. So the fools in Anaheim City Council and other cities in Orange County are, in fact, encouraging lawlessness with their enforcement of the prohibition. Rules and regulations for medical marijuana collectives could eliminate the problems they see in the dispensaries. A prohibition causes patients to look to the black market for their medicine, to the Mexican Drug Cartels which the cities claim to be fighting.