Alameda County Supervisors Join Early Push For Legalizing Pot

ALAMEDA COUNTY//BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | It was no surprise last week the Alameda County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution urging the federal government to refrain from raids on local medical cannabis dispensaries and respect states like California, Washington and Colorado, which have passed regulatory cannabis laws.

Remember, this is the county board of supervisors where one member had no compunction about wearing a t-shirt during a meeting this year supporting a well-known Oakland dispensary and its den of pot scholarship.

The resolution, offered by Supervisor Keith Carson also asks President Obama to begin a national dialogue over the issue of legalization. “This board respectfully requests that President Obama begin the discussion about the potential benefits of reforming federal laws on marijuana use in all forms, including medicinal and recreational uses,” said the resolution. A state proposition asking California voters to legalize recreational use of cannabis will likely be on next year’s ballot.

In addition, to respecting states’ law concerning cannabis, the resolution also references rising public opinion in support of legalizing marijuana for all uses, the disproportionate number of minorities incarcerated for pot-related offenses and the strain enforcement places on the local authorities.

Tax considerations are also seen as a benefit of legalization, says the resolution. “Different levels of government, local, state and federal budgets face fiscal uncertainty for the future, and there are potential tax revenues from the subsequent taxation of cannabis.” Just last week, the San Leandro City Council approved its first medical cannabis dispensary amidst a strong desire to eventually enact a citywide sales tax.

Nevertheless, a few of Oakland’s eight dispensaries have been targeted by federal authorities, including one of its most successful. Despite an early campaign pledge by Obama to pull back from federal raids on dispensaries, some proponents of pot believe he has administration has, by far, been the more ruthless in cracking down on marijuana than its predecessors.

The seeds of last week’s resolution may have been sown last February. During a supervisors’ meeting featuring the county commendation of Oaksterdam founder Richard Lee for his efforts, Supervisor Nate Miley, who was wearing an Oaksterdam t-shirt, said the feds should relent from raiding the county’s lawful dispensaries. “My feeling is the Obama administration needs to lay off,” said Miley, “particularly in the states that passed laws that allow for medical marijuana and stop wasting their time with individuals like Rich and others.”

Categories: Alameda County, Alameda County Board, cannabis, federal raids, Keith Carson, minorities, Nate Miley, Oaksterdam University, Pot Dispensary, President Obama, S.L. City Council, sales tax

10 replies

  1. Good for them—it will be legal soon!


  2. By MW:

    While we are at it, perhaps we should also get a complete list of any and all illicit drugs Nadia Lockyer has consumed over the last several years, and then, and in the interest of being politically correct, also declare those particular drugs legal.


  3. Really great news, ya'll:

    No stinkin' amnesty! It's DEAD!

    Like Duke Wayne said, The law is the law. Or, “Round 'em up and send dem the hell back!”

    Al………..l right!


  4. Miley is looking at Castro Valley as his first MJ growing location. Oaksterdam has already worked it out with Miley. CV's location is ideal in that politically the folks have no representation other than Miley. MAC is totally influenced by him. That's why MAC wants no part of Ashland or other neighbor communities included in their group.


  5. MMJ will be legal for recreational purposes in California by 2017.


  6. Love our Sups. for doing the right thing.


  7. By MW:

    Every time Nate Miley at a public meeting rants, raves, yells and screams like a totally out of control wild maniac, and which he does fairly regularly, I wonder whether he is on drugs.

    If he is on drugs, and which he quite likely is – but let's not talk about it, since Nate Miley is a law school graduate, and lawyers and law school graduates have drastically higher rates of alcoholism and drug abuse than any other major group (and certainly Bill Lockyer and Nadia Lockyer do not want any publicity in regard to the skyhigh rates of alcoholism and drug addiction among lawyers and law school graduates) – he would then fit in perfectly with the circus clowns who over the last several years have made up the majority of the members of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.

    In fact, we should change their name from the Alameda Board of Supervisors to the ALAMEDA BOARD OF CIRCUS CLOWNS.


  8. Medical marijuana is legal in California and marijuana for any purpose will be legal next time it's put on the ballot.


  9. It's a medicine for some that is safer than the pharmaceuticals and pain killers that doctors prescribe!


  10. MMJ will be legalized in California in 2014 or 2016 for sure. It's inevitable.


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