Friday, September 9, 2011

California Town to Ban Pot Shops and Outdoor Tobacco Smoking

Danville moves to ban marijuana dispensaries, and cigarette smoking in parks


The Danville Town Council has voted to ban marijuana dispensaries and to prohibit tobacco smoking at all recreation areas.


Well, there you have it, just like I predicted....and don't even get me started on how un-American and utterly ridiculous outdoor smoking bans are. But suddenly, I am beginning to realize that we tobacco smokers are now no longer the only subjects being affected by the immoderate ire of the newly anointed Nanny State (NS). The neo-bishops of do-gooderism are now expanding upon their their religious empire of prudishness by turning their sites towards the (legal in California, I might add) eventual annihilation of medical marijuana dispensaries. This is just the beginning folks. Our very "Liberal" governor Jerry Brown has just signed AB1300, a bill that:

....essentially allows local governments across California to decide how, when and where dispensaries can operate.

But the power goes far beyond mere “regulation,” cities will be able to use targeted laws to ban dispensaries outright.



But, but...How can they do that my pot smoking brothers and sisters might ask? How can they ban something that's legal? I'll tell you how: The precedent was set with their illegal smoking bans, that's why they are able to now come after you. Bars and restaurants have lost their private property rights and the right to serve a clientele that chooses to use a legal product. No one is safe from the strong arm of the bully state now.

Can we please stop throwing each other under the bus now so that we can collectively vote these people out of office? I don't care if you don't care for my cigarette smoke, but can we please acknowledge that we all have a right to exist in peace? That means that we all have to have a place to patronize. It's called freedom of choice.

I'll vote with you if you vote with me......

3 comments:

  1. Wow... Danville is just down the street from where I live. Why do so many Americans have such a compulsion to force their views of right and wrong on others? This country has totally lost touch with the ideas of freedom and civil liberties.

    The whole war on drugs is such a farce. It’s hard to believe a so called progressive state like California takes such an interest in regulating the lives of its citizens

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  3. Ben,

    "Why do so many Americans have such a compulsion to force their views of right and wrong on others?"

    Because many people are selfish, unfortunately.

    "It’s hard to believe a so called progressive state like California takes such an interest in regulating the lives of its citizens"

    California has been treating smokers and the private property rights of bar and restaurant owners like sh*t for at least the last 13 years. No one cared enough to stand up for them/us; that's the problem. We saw all of this coming. It is really tough to put the brakes upon the government (and back door lobbyist deals) encroachment of civil liberties once the floodgates have been opened. The only way that we are (all of us) going to get our rights back is if we learn to stand up for one another and not just ourselves.

    I agree with you...the war on drugs is a farce.

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