Pot task force may get smoked for inability to make decisions

Cannabis advocates can agree that the plant should be decriminalized and its users, producers, and sellers should be able to do all of the above in peace. Anything beyond that, though, is subject to debate — and can turn into long-lasting feuds.

This is evident to attendees at the monthly meetings of San Francisco's Medical Cannabis Task Force. Created last year by legislation written by Supervisor David Campos, the task force's 15 members are a conglomeration of dispensary owners, pot growers, cannabis advocates, cannabis patients, and attorneys.

Some task force members seem to have little connection to the medical marijuana movement other than an affinity for the magic plant's benefits, but they have seats at the table nonetheless, and are charged with providing information, suggesting legislation, and alerting city departments and the Board of Supervisors of goings-on in the cannabis community.

Every nascent body politic has its share of growing pains, but the task force's first few months have been contentious. Schisms within the cannabis community run deep. Personal arguments and questionable tangents are routine and help ensure that only a handful of 15 agenda items can be heard at a two-and-a-half-hour meeting. After the task force took no action on a land-use issue, the one dispensary owner not on the task force who frequently attended meetings — Catherine Smith of HopeNet, the city's oldest — no longer turns up.

The task force did write to the City Attorney in November alerting officials to several land-use and law enforcement issues. But two months on, no reply has been received. That's partially why Kevin Reed — the president of delivery service Green Cross and a task force member — sent his own letter to the Board of Supervisors informing them of a proliferation of unlicensed, rogue pot delivery services. For his trouble, Reed was blasted by other task force members for circumventing its "authority."

All this is news to Campos. No task force member had come to him with anything — not legislation and not mentions of the task force's impotency, either. Campos realized that getting pot activists "on the same page" was going to be a struggle, but he put the task force on notice: "They have to get the work done. If they can't, I have no problem with saying 'This didn't work,' and moving on."

 
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Cal4204u
Cal4204u

Prop. 215 opened a huge, huge can of worms. There is no such thing as 'medical' marijuana. People from Georgia that eat dirt get more 'medical' help from that then the vast majority of people that claim 'medical' relief from pot. The gods are laughing their asses off. I never saw so many 'bad backs' as appeared when pot became 'medical'. And the poor, poor bad-back people are paying for doctor's Cancun vacations for a 5! minute diagnosis.

KevinReed
KevinReed

Obviously some regulation, much as we may chafe from time to time, is necessary to avoid complete piracy, but too much recent press coverage such as an article in Bay Citizen makes it sound like a hypocritical undertaking when in fact it's a lot of work (to do a good healthy job and to assist with all the developing rules & regulations), and the contribution of responsible dispensaries needs more recognition.

Remi Online
Remi Online

i think you'll find funny the episode from south park called medicinal fried chicken..that should do the job :D

elizabethinsf
elizabethinsf

This group was about as useful as titties on a bull. Has no purpose, the members have no business doing anything. and is an example of why SF sucks so bad.

justaguy
justaguy

Hey elizabeth what is your solution. I actually think SF is the best. Why do you live in SF if it sucks so bad?

elizabethinsf
elizabethinsf

Why do you ask such stupid questions? Project much? I've had the displeasure to watch medical cannabis end up with drug dealers and low lifes being appointed to a "commission", watched local pols rip off the dispensaries so that they can't afford to take care of the patients, and if you're so daft that you think this is so fantastic, you must be on more than just pot.

Erian
Erian

You mean like the many subdivisions of the Cannabis movement fighting against each other for pedantic reasons? California made a joke out of the recent vote to legalize, just because of the split in the movement caused by greedy medical dispensaries actively campaigning against their own and dealers who actively sought to influence people with fallacies in order to not take a cut in profits with the honest, fair market legalization would have brought. Those campaigning for just decriminalization is even more of a joke, you can possess cannabis, but not manufacture distribute or grow, and those who do the three latter things will still be getting jail times for no good reason. Legalization was the only good option we had for creating a fair, honest system that the rest of the world would look at and not think "lol, those guys don't really need marijuana, they are just pot heads making up medical conditions" Leo's and Anti-Drug groups won the battle through attrition rather than putting up any rational arguments, while greed once again won out in the fallacious arguments spawned by the idiots who wanted to keep their profits flowing under the current system, and those who were too ignorant to understand the implications of their decisions.

Your argument is a joke, since California's Medical marijuana system is now actively contributing to the machine of prohibition just so they can keep turning a buck. Your logic is fallacious and is what keeps us from making any good progress for FAIR laws for California and the rest of the state. You should be ashamed of yourself. California's Medical Marijuana machine is just another two faced cog in the system, advocating marijuana for those who are in pain, then at the same time putting the bricks in place to make sure they are the only ones who determine who can and cannot get Cannabis.

Sort things out
Sort things out

Actually, like any young new social system, there are growing pains and inefficiencies that arise from ambiguous rules and loopholes. Part of the problem comes from people that just take an uninformed stance, point fingers at problems and their only solution is to revile it and say it should go away. I believe the Puritans may have had a similar response to alcohol. You might want to consider that next time you take a sip of your jug wine before you milk that bull's titties.

 
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