Menifee prohibits marijuana mobile dispensaries

Menifee City Council officially voted to prohibit mobile marijuana dispensaries after a second reading Tuesday, Aug. 6.

The council felt this vote was necessary to preserve public peace, health, and safety.

By law, the council must have a second reading and a final vote before adopting these ordinances, according to a report from Menifee 24/7.

The ordinance will take effect in 30 days and will prohibit any service from delivering medical marijuana anywhere within the city limits.

The council first voted to approve the ordinance on Tuesday, July 13, with a 4-1 vote.

It was Council Member Tom Furman who changed his vote Tuesday night, Aug. 6. He previously voted against the prohibition of mobile marijuana dispensaries due to the possible cost of enforcement.

He said he doesn’t want to spend Menifee’s tax payer dollars on police confiscating the drug.

Several residents that night were angry with the possible outcome of prohibiting the mobile dispensaries. Grant Yoders, a Sun City resident, asked the council to reconsider their vote.

“If you had a family member or close friend who was dependent on cannabis, your reaction may be different,” Yoders said to the council. “There is no law being broken here, if it is being prescribed by a physician.”

Those who are stuck at home or suffer from a disability and are dependent will obtain it one way or another, he said.

“…This is a private matter between patient and physician,” he continued say.

Scientifically, there are medical benefits of marijuana, said Deputy Mayor Wallace Edgerton, who is a former pharmaceutical representative. However, he wanted to make a clarification about why he wasn’t going to change his vote.

“The fact that it is illegal, has denied our medical community from doing the proper kind of research on it from both bad and good,” he said.

He also said people don’t need it medically, because there are better drugs available.

“Drugs affect different people differently and there are some people where smoking marijuana will benefit them over [any other medical substitute],” Edgerton said.

He said he looked at this situation whether or not marijuana was an “evil thing or bad thing.” He also told the public that people need to put their emphasis on Congress, it needs to be legalized there.

“I’m voting against promoting more of this stuff in Menifee where it’s only going to cause problems,” he said.

4 Responses to "Menifee prohibits marijuana mobile dispensaries"

  1. Reality   August 17, 2013 at 12:56 am

    Stupid laws that people will break anyway diminish the integrity of the law and public respect of increasingly irrelevant politicians, like the second-rate "leaders" who’ve managed to get themselves elected to the Menifee city council.

    The citizens are laughing at you.

  2. Andrew John Cheadle   August 17, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Narrow minded people who are anti-pot want to control things in their own backyard, even if it’s to show they’re boss (for now). Completely ridiculous power grab by Napoleon wanna bees. I just hope the kids living at home can pick up their parent’s edibles to ease their pains so they can sleep at night. It’s amazing how anyone who would vote for this ban can sleep at night themselves.

  3. Math   August 17, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Although I completely disagree with the approach these city officials are taking, there is truth in this quote "people need to put their emphasis on Congress, it needs to be legalized there." Congress is where the change starts.
    Thinking that 4 people raising their hands will keep marijuana off the streets is a step towards insanity. They are just making it harder for people who actually need it to obtain it. I feel like they are telling us we don’t want people obtaining medical marijuana, even if it is a natural plant and possesses some medicinal qualities because it gives our city a negative image. So take a hike disabled people who think it might help them enjoy their existence a little more. Try to find something else. Oh and if you can’t, which we know you can’t, because we regulate EVERYTHING, we have these cheap little white pills that’ll help yah….

    I think what will give this city a better image, or any city for that matter is the act of taking care of its citizens desires. Especially after the majority voted in favor of medical marijuana. This article is saying that we as citizens should take it to congress. Why not YOU!? You as a city employee are closer and have a better chance at making a change than any of us here at the bottom of the political totem pole. We as California voters passed prop 215, which was us saying "yes we want this". It is then your job as a city/state employee to adhere to that. That is what OUR tax dollars are for. Instead, we get this…..

    I love the place that I live. I love California and I love America.
    I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in the world, but this…
    This just disappoints me…..

  4. ol' timer   August 19, 2013 at 10:49 am

    These petty small minded fools need to read the Constitution. It’s a free country. We are adults, we are taxpayers, and we should have our vote obeyed. I am sick to death of the die hard goodie two shoes.
    How and why do our freedoms depend on little counsel member "wannabees".


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