Why I am voting no on Measure F

Measure F is not about compassionate use of marijuana for seriously ill patients; it is about profiteering. State law already allows for the closed network exchange of marijuana between a patient and a caregiver who has “…consistently assumed responsibility for the housing, health and safety of the patient” (Attorney General Guidelines). It does not allow for the retail sale of marijuana from a storefront.

Measure F would allow up to seven marijuana storefronts in Encinitas, making Encinitas the pot destination for North County; all nine neighboring cities have banned them because of the negative consequences they have experienced. This includes Del Mar and Solana Beach who voted against marijuana storefront measures in 2012.

Measure F falls extremely short of protecting Encinitas and its youth.  Measure F would allow marijuana storefronts 600 feet away from areas where children play or go to school, and 1000 feet away from each other, creating a marijuana storefront district. Security equipment is necessary since marijuana storefronts are a magnet for illicit drug users and robberies.

Measure F will not bring extra revenue to Encinitas. City attorneys’ impact analyses state that the Measure F’s proposed 2.5 percent additional sales tax can’t happen because it violates state tax law. Furthermore Encinitas will incur substantial costs, from public safety to court expenses, trying to regulate these marijuana storefronts.

Marijuana storefronts have been crime magnets because they have ready cash and an easy product to steal. San Diego has tried unsuccessfully to regulate pot shops but it is a lawless business.

San Diego data indicates census tracts with marijuana storefronts have twice as many property and violent crimes as census tracts without them.

Measure F was brought forward by well-paid signature gatherers and an association of marijuana storefronts owners, not patients.

Californians know what marijuana storefronts really are all about; they don’t want them. State Proposition 19 to legalize marijuana was defeated in 2012. The California Supreme Court says Counties and Cities can ban marijuana storefronts, and 85 percent of Counties and Cities have, including Encinitas.

At the Sept. 10, 2014 council meeting the council voted unanimously to take an official position of opposition to Measure F.

Encinitas’ Measure F is not good for children, public safety or business.  Join me in voting NO on Measure F.

Teresa Arballo Barth is a councilmember and former mayor of the city of Encinitas

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