If you read the full text of Measure KK, the Medical Marijuana Dispensary ballot measure, you will quickly figure out that it is all about avoiding local control.
Like the drug rehab or recovery houses that have sprung up in Laguna with no local control, KK circumvents local control and grants to one specific applicant priority in registering for the exclusive right to the monopoly to sell medical marijuana, and potentially recreational marijuana, in Laguna Beach. The applicant who would have priority is described in detail in the measure but never identified by name.
Regardless of whether you are a proponent or an opponent of medical and/or recreational marijuana, we urge you to not vote for Measure KK in the upcoming election. Measure KK is bad for Laguna.
It is written so that the city of Laguna Beach has no control or oversight over who would operate these dispensaries, their hours of operation, their business plan or even that they must obtain the same use permit that other businesses in our city must obtain. This measure benefits only the writers of the initiative.
It would hand a highly controversial land use in our community to someone who has gambled that for the cost of gathering a couple thousand signatures, the reward might be the exclusive franchise to sell marijuana in Laguna Beach.
Don’t be fooled. Don’t let that happen. Defeat Measure KK!
John and Peggie Thomas, Laguna Beach