Why not other task forces?
Posted in the Martinez Forum
#1 May 5, 2013
Why not other task forces?
Solano County District Attorney Don du Bain held a conference on how to deal with cannabis dispensaries in the county; he invited federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies "charged with enforcing state laws." This combined effort is apparently designed to deal with the scourge of cannabis dispensaries in the county.
Why isn't there a joint task force on Vallejo burglaries? Thugs skulk around the neighborhoods, casing the next house they will break into; they have lookouts with cell phones; and trucks waiting nearby to empty the house.
Why isn't there a joint task force on shootings? Guns are so common in Vallejo our thugs bring them to little league games (and shoot them).
Why isn't there a task force on robberies, stick ups, snatch-and-runs, smashed store windows, car break-ins, and more.
Why dispensaries? They are clearly legal if operated under the law. The notion that they are all bad, and all illegal, is crippling the city and county. It is past time to get rid of the attitude.
It is simple. Inspect them. That means walking in the door and talking to the operators, not to scare them or threaten them, but to explain that continued operation hinges on good business practices. Code enforcement can do this without treating them like criminals. They should explain that inspections will occur, without notice, and sloppy practices may result in fines and other penalties. The industry can survive only if it works with the city and the city works with it.
Police officers should walk into the dispensaries, look around, chat the operators up, and raise an eyebrow at anything troubling. Treat them like real people, not lepers, and call on them to be contributing members of the community.
I don't mean to be crass, but these businesses can contribute substantially to our coffers. We must make sure they are run responsibly and within the law. That doesn't mean putting everyone in jail.
James D. Davis
#2 May 5, 2013
Dear Mr. Davis,
Dispensaries are against the law; federal law. Maybe the matter should be enforced by fed's instead.
#3 May 5, 2013
the city of hercules banned any business not in compliance with state or federal law, very simply worded, and weed as an economic driver is gone from their town. it's a growing trend, we are the ONLY city in our county and adjacent ones to say YES to weed because of the filthy lucre it provides. council should be ashamed!
"vallejo-stop here for pot"
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