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Why Communities Should Ban Marijuana Dispensaries

By Roger Morgan, Take Back America Campaign

The two most important responsibilities of elected officials at any level are to protect the people and tax dollars. Neither is possible by allowing the cultivation and/or sale of marijuana in a community.
First of all, It is a federally banned Schedule 1 drug because it has no accepted medicinal use, can’t be administered properly under supervision, and has the potential for harm. Real medicines have known compounds, dosage and potency, and must be reproducible in a uniform manner. Smoking has never been approved as a delivery vehicle. Edibles, vaping and dabbing range in potency, compounds and dosage in such a wide range, consistency is impossible, not to mentioned most are laced with pesticides.

Credible scientific research will affirm that marijuana is a dangerous drug. Marijuana is fat-soluble and stays in the body and brain for a month, compounding with each additional use. Even in the 60s and 70s when the potency of the drug ranged from ½ to 2%, the human harms were significant. Today, the potency in smoked form ranges from 20 to 30%. Edibles have a normal range of 50 to 80%, and waxes and oils used in vaping and dabbing go as high as 98%. The harms have escalated proportionally.

Marijuana causes permanent structural changes in developing brains, anyone under age 25. The age groups with the highest consumption are 18-25 and 12-17, both under the threshold. The harms include loss of IQ; problems with memory, cognition and learning; and psychotic breaks leading to horrific acts of violence. Pot users are 7 times more likely to commit suicide, and 5 times more susceptible to schizophrenia, paranoia and bi-polar condition. 17% of those who start using before 18 will become addicted, 9% of those who start after 18. Marijuana is a known cause of cancer, chronic bronchitis, cardiac problems, birth defects. Traffic deaths owing to marijuana impairment have doubled. Roughly 13% of drivers on the road today are impaired to varying degrees, putting everyone at risk.

Over 50% of arrestees for all crimes test positive for pot, 59% in Sacramento. It is a gateway to drugs that kill 144 Americans daily due to overdose, almost all of whom started their drug journey with pot. It is a major cause of high school dropouts. Academically, America is 24th (last) in the world, with a one-third dropout rate. According to UC Santa Barbara, the life time cost of one dropout is $392,000.

Dispensaries are magnets for crime. Their products serve as the root cause of human pain, suffering and death. They are drug dealers with store fronts, and a threat to the health and safety of any community.


Roger Morgan
Roger Morgan, Director

ROGER MORGAN Chairman/Founder, Take Back America Campaign, is a 20 year anti-drug activist dealing with drug prevention at the local, state and national level. (www.tbac.us). Formerly Chairman and Executive Director of the Coalition for A Drug-Free California. Owner/CEO of Steelheart International LLC, engaged in international business development and has been an entrepreneur and businessman in California for 37 years. He was Founding Chairman of the Coronado SAFE Foundation in 1997, a non-profit dealing with drug prevention; prior Board Member of the San Diego Prevention Coalition; member of the National Coalition for Student Drug Testing; and Special Advisor to the Golden Rule Society in Coronado.

Here’s the Problem When Neighbor’s Marijuana is Next Door

My Neighbor’s Marijuana Weeds Runneth Over

A neighbor’s marijuana prompts this person to warn our readers. A number of our readers share their testimonies about the impact of marijuana on quality of life.  This blog about a neighbor is our third testimony about the marijuana lifestyle and how it affects others.  Read My Hopes for a Peaceful Retirement and   Living the Pot Lifestyle.

I live right next door to a marijuana grow and even though the county has a law banning the grow of marijuana for any reason, law enforcement won’t enforce it for several reasons.  Money/lack of resources isn’t one of them.   I cannot allow my grandchildren to come over anymore.  I’ve reported the issue to the irrigation district, the sheriff and the Board of Supervisors.  

It’s been almost two months and nothing has been done.  The plants are at least two feet above the 10-foot fence they installed that we share.   I am literally 30 feet away from the outside plants. Because there’s a loud electrical buzzing, there’s probably an indoor grow as well.

Law Enforcement’s Hands are Tied

Here’s what law enforcement wrote back to me about my neighbor’s marijuana:

“It’s not about money…We can’t get the Feds to prosecute because the Obama Administration has told the US Attorneys not to prosecute MJ cases.  No local prosecution because of Prop 215 and  our Attorney General who has added mud to water over prosecution.   Yes, the Board of Supervisors has taken a position based upon land use, not criminality and that is handled administratively through the county.  What you describe is not a land use issue.  Bottom line, we’re quickly getting out of the eradication business and we’ll see what happens with Proposition 64 on November the 8th.”

Because no one is enforcing the law, marijuana grows are allowed to continue unchecked.

Pesticide Risks from a Neighbor’s Marijuana

Once people look deeper, they discover a great deal of problems with legalization of marijuana. (even before legalization) Know more = Vote No!

It exposes those living around them to toxic chemicals including pesticides linked to autism and other serious irreversible neurological damage.  Common pesticides used on marijuana are Avid, Phosmat, Diazinon, Organophosphate –pesticides which were used to make Agent Orange during Vietnam.

Pesticide drift is a serious problem, even when pesticides are used responsibly. We all know the goal of marijuana growers is not the responsible use of pesticides.  Pesticides can drift for miles in residential areas. I have watched my organic tomatoes die and my potted flowers wither. I can smell the chemicals from the grow and the fumes come through my air conditioner. I’m very concerned that my entire yard and my house could be contaminated with pesticides that cause nerve damage.

Think about what your neighbor can get away with if this is legal in the entire state. The only way to stop your neighbor’s marijuana is to Vote No on 64.