Should the City Council declare Santa...

Should the City Council declare Santa Cruz a METH FREE ZONE?

Created by curious cat on Aug 11, 2010

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prosecute meth tweakers, dealers and cookers

i like meth

i hate meth

fire the City Council

legalize meth

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the original curious cat

Watsonville, CA

#44 Sep 1, 2010
make all Santa Cruz schools drug free zones.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drug-free_school...

"A Drug-free school zone is an area inclusive of any property used for school
purposes by any school, whether or not owned by such school, within 1,000
feet of any such property, and within or immediately adjacent to school
buses [1].It is any specific location in the community, especially an area
where children congregate, that the citizens perceive as being a place where
drug trafficking or alcohol availability problems exist, and the citizens decide
to take action. Typically, communities have targeted schools and school
yards, parks and playgrounds, public housing developments, and specific
neighborhoods or city blocks[2].

Drug-free zones around schools offer communities one way to give students
a place where they can play and talk without being threatened by drug
dealers and drug users. Federal law and many state and local laws increase
penalties for drug-related activities in drug-free school zones[3]. The
penalties vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction in terms of whether they stand
alone as separate offenses or serve as a sentencing enhancement and in
terms of the defenses available [4].

The No Child Left Behind Act amended and reauthorized the Safe and Drug
Free Schools & Communities Act (SDFSCA) as Part A of Title IV-21st century
schools. The No Child Left Behind Act authorized funds for SDFSCA program,
which is the federal government’s major initiative to prevent drug abuse
violence in and around schools. As part of the SDFSCA, Congress allocated
millions to school districts to help them establish programs to prevent the
use of alcohol and other drugs, but there are no accountability standards to
accompany the money[5]. The SDFSCA was established by the 1986 Anti
Drug Abuse Act[6]. The SDFSC Advisory Committee, was appointed by the
U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. The Committee was
established to advise the Secretary on Federal, state, and local programs
designated to create safe and drug-free schools, and on issues related to
crisis planning[7]."

The purpose of the SDFSCA is to support programs that:(1) prevent violence in and around schools; (2) prevent the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs; (3) involve parents and communities; and,(4) are coordinated with related Federal, State, school, and community efforts and resources to foster a safe and drug-free learning environment that promotes student academic achievement[8].
China Cat

United States

#45 Sep 1, 2010
the original curious cat wrote:
your life on Meth. scary and disturbing. "you don't have forever ..."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =pCHnwgx7sssXX
Are you a Methodist?
Mr Spock

Watsonville, CA

#46 Sep 1, 2010
Very interesting, indeed!

the original curious cat

Watsonville, CA

#47 Sep 2, 2010
for students and teachers and parents. learn all about Meth, the wrong road Part 1. Meth is not worth it. don't do Meth.

the original curious cat

Watsonville, CA

#48 Sep 2, 2010
"Graphic depictions of the reality of Crystal Meth use. Most of the patients in this video came to our dental office in pain as a result of severe caries from using Crystal. Learn from their pain! Do not start, not even once! Meth mouth is real and this is what it looks like. This group of videos is currently used in many schools, police departments, and county support agencies.
THESE PEOPLE ARE REAL. Let's work together to keep our kids off this devastating and brutal drug."

the original curious cat

Watsonville, CA

#52 Sep 6, 2010
makes them the living dead and psychotic. watch Part 1 of this disturbing video about Meth (the drug that stops at nothing and takes everything from you).

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x26le6_meth-...
the original curious cat

Watsonville, CA

#53 Sep 8, 2010
why would 60 voters not want to make Santa Cruz METH FREE?
the original curious cat

Watsonville, CA

#57 Sep 10, 2010
just like that place near Gault Elementary. we need a Meth Free Zone around our schools in Santa Cruz.

the original curious cat

Watsonville, CA

#58 Sep 13, 2010
i believe Santa Cruz can learn from other cities' mistakes and draft a realistic, effective, socially conscious Drug Free Zone (DFZ) ordinance which preserves civil rights.

Portland, Oregon has been fixing their ordinance to do this. i think that if our community puts a lot of thought and care into this, we can make it work.

http://www.mjpa.umich.edu/uploads/2/9/3/2/293...

here is some illuminating commentary.

http://www.myrecordjournal.com/latestnews/art...

i think that DFZs don't fit urban areas, but would be effective in a suburban city like Santa Cruz.
Change my vote to NO

Watsonville, CA

#59 Sep 18, 2010
after doing a few days of research about Drug Free Zones (DFZs) dating back to Portland's laws and the Texas approach, I CHANGE MY VOTE.

vote NO on making Santa Cruz a (Meth) Drug Free Zone (DFZ). it won't work and will increase civil rights violations by the police.

there are better ways to address the Santa Cruz Meth epidemic: community policing, GIS crime prediction, increased education and outreach programs to kids, and better rehabilitation for Meth abusers.
LeiLOONY ColbyLOSER

San Jose, CA

#60 Feb 10, 2013
curious cat wrote:
this one pot Meth cooking is very disturbing. it is the new trend in local Meth production. how many one pot Meth cookers do we have in Santa Cruz? the City Council really needs to address this one pot Meth production (before it gets out of hand).
http://www.arkansas.gov/senate/newsroom/index...
"LITTLE ROCK - In large part because of the growing use of "one pot" cooking, the number of meth lab busts in Arkansas has started to climb again.
The frequency of meth labs that were broken up by Arkansas law enforcement agencies dropped greatly after passage of Act 256 of 2005. The law requires consumers to show an ID before they can buy certain cold medications that are used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. However, law enforcement authorities are concerned that "one pot" cooking allows meth manufacturers to more easily skirt the restrictions in Act 256. Methamphetamine is an extremely addictive form of speed made from household chemicals that can be purchased legally, such as lawn fertilizer, batteries and lye or drain cleaner. One of the ingredients, pseudoephedrine, is found in common cold medications.
The consumer's name goes into a computer data base so law enforcement authorities can track suspicious purchases, such as a person going all over town buying up the maximum allowable quantity of cold medication. Act 256 was modeled after an Oklahoma law, where authorities reported an 80 percent reduction in the number of meth labs they broke up. However, "one pot" cooking has caused an increase in meth busts in Oklahoma in the past two years.
In Arkansas, after passage of Act 256 the number of meth lab busts went down from more than 1,200 in 2004 to a low of 375 in 2007. However, in 2008 the number of busts went up to 418 and in 2009 up to 668. The total for 2009 may actually be greater because some cases are still not final, and thus have not been counted yet.
Law officers throughout the United States began noticing the rise of "one pot" labs in 2008. In Arkansas, as in many other states, the majority of meth labs discovered are now "one pot" labs.
After Act 256 took effect, police agencies began to see a shift in the source of meth. Instead of cooking it themselves, more addicts began buying a form called "ice" that was made in Mexico or in western states. It was relatively pure, often as much as 80 percent pure.
Arkansas meth users shifted back to cooking it themselves for a couple of reasons. The Mexican "ice" is much less pure these days, about 30 percent, whereas "one pot" cooking produces a very pure form of the drug. It also is called the "shake and bake" method. The meth is produced in a 20-ounce or two-liter soda bottle.
The prevalence of "one pot" labs is that more manufacturers are now cooking meth in moving vehicles and throwing the trash, and the evidence, out the window. Some police officers refer to them as "trash labs."
There is a greater risk of fire with the "one pot" method. According to news reports, there were 16 fires caused by meth labs in Tulsa last year, as well as at least 18 cases of people dying from an overdose of meth.
In 2005 Oregon was the first state to require a doctor's prescription to buy cold and allergy medications containing pseudoephedrine. Although consumers complained of the inconvenience, the law was a factor in the reduction of meth lab busts in Oregon to only 10 last year. The Mississippi legislature recently passed a bill to require prescriptions for cold medications with pseudoephedrine. It will take effect July 1."
This KOOK put the "W" in Whackjob!!!
Swiss Miss

Menlo Park, CA

#61 Feb 11, 2013
LeiLOONY ColbyLOSER wrote:
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This KOOK put the "W" in Whackjob!!!
Is there any chance Santa Cruz City Council will proclaim Santa Cruz a LOON free zone?
LeiLOONY ColbyLOSER

San Jose, CA

#62 Feb 11, 2013
3 entire pages of spamming to himself.... WOW!!!

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