Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Have Their Work Cut Out For Them in San Jose
(GanjaVision News) — Well, it certainly wasn’t what we were expecting to see when we witnessed rows and rows of marijuana-friendly green activist t-shirts in the crowd at a San Jose City Council meeting last week. The session was set to hear public comment on a new series of proposed ordinances that would essentially lop the business-head off of many of the city’s medical marijuana dispensaries.
Naturally, we were anticipating a verbal beat-down on the City Council for even considering such a set of restrictions (AGAIN) but that is not what we saw at all. What we witnessed was a lopsided plea from community members that were in favor of the new restrictions and against the medical cannabis industry.
This seemed a little odd as the crowd was loaded with the green t-shirts, but it turns out that citizens had to sign up in advance to participate and address the council for the 1 minute time period allowed each speaker.
This has always been a problem with stoners who are displeased with the system or current laws — that is, being too stoned, peaceful, and passive to take the bull by the horns and get shit done when it comes to organizing and fighting for their rights, and that reality was made clear in blaring fashion last Tuesday as pro-marijuana crowd members looked on and listened to a full frontal assault coming from a swath of foreign dental assistants, delivering blow after blow to their cause.
Many of the foreign dental workers addressing the Council did not even have a solid grip on the English language, yet they hammered away on the group of 13 the best they could. From the outside looking in, it seemed quite obvious that the Asian dental workers, who are sharing a space with a dispensary, had conspired together to put an end to the one medical pot facility that they were personally displeased with, and it left us wondering what kind of “influence” was rendered in their direction from their dentists bosses.
They almost all used the same phrases of concern in their broken language, speaking in repetitive fashion about how the patrons of the dispensary kept “urinating on the building”. Nevertheless, if a group of Asian dental workers can organize and come into a City Council meeting and beat the crap out of the Council in a room loaded with marijuana “activists” who had not signed up to speak, it leaves one to wonder how much longer the struggle for sensible marijuana laws will need to go on.
This point of concern brings us to the words of the late Maggie Kuhn: “Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes.”