Only one Fountain Valley City Council Member, Mark McCurdy, voted against the ordinance – and he did so with good reason. As McCurdy pointed out there are cancer patients and others who could benefit from medical marijuana – which should be legal in California because voters passed Prop. 215.
Fountain Valley is not alone in taking action against the will of the voters. Laguna Woods also allows medical marijuana and the Cities of Huntington Beach, Laguna Hills, Newport Beach and Rancho Santa Margarita have bans on medical marijuana dispensaries. The City of Anaheim has also shut down 163 medical marijuana dispensaries.
You really have to hand it to the Fountain Valley City Council. They rob their residents by overpaying their trash vendor, while taking massive campaign contributions from the trash vendor, and now they have acted to hurt their residents who need medical marijuana.
You have to wonder if the Fountain Valley City Council members are even aware of their own city’s demographics. 17.6% of Fountain Valley’s residents are over 65 years of age – compared to only 11.4% of California’s residents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Fountain Valley Mayor Steve Nagel is a senior himself as are City Council Members Cheryl Brothers, and John Collins. Councilman Michael Vo is no spring chicken either! Perhaps these lame politicians will rethink their stance on medical marijuana when one of them gets cancer and has to use it.
You also have to wonder how much money the Fountain Valley City Council is turning their back on by not legalizing and taxing the medical marijuana dispensaries. The State of Colorado collected almost $70 million in marijuana taxes last year, nearly double the $42 million they collected from alcohol taxes, according to Time Magazine.