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A medicinal pot dispensary in Manteca?

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POSTED November 4, 2009 3:09 a.m.
Richard Norris wants the City Council to allow a non-profit medicinal dispensary and a cannabis nursery in Manteca.

The 36-year-old was injured while building the Kaiser Hospital in Modesto. That mishap also led to a stroke and a medical doctor prescribing marijuana to help ease the pain.

Norris made his second pitch Tuesday before the council to get one of the members to sponsor an agenda item to allow a medicinal dispensary. Under California law, individual jurisdictions can allow pot dispensaries for medicinal purposes.

The odds of that happening are longer than the Sacramento Kings winning the NBA championship this season.

It is safe to say council members as individuals don’t support such a move given the fact at least two of them – John Harris and Willie Weatherford – are retired law enforcement officers. They also understand the community they represent.

It is the same one that the late Trena Kelley was able to rally to make Manteca one of the first cities in the nation – and the first in California – to outlaw cigarette vending machines at places accessible by those under 18.

Boys & Girls Club not in danger of closing down
The Boys & Girls Club of Manteca/Lathrop – despite rumors – is not at risk of closing.

A story in the Manteca Bulletin made it clear that if the telethon comes up short Nov. 23-24 that it will have to make some painful decisions on top of existing cutbacks already in place. They include possibly closing the Lathrop site or reducing hours at the Manteca club.

Some who saw a television report that followed the story have gotten the wrong impression the club itself is in danger of shutting down. While things are tough for everyone – including non-profits – that is not the case.

As Manteca City Councilman Steve DeBrum – a longtime club booster noted – these are hard times but hopes people who can will step up to make sure the club can continue to make a difference in the lives of Manteca’s youth.

Tracy’s budget woes may mean 69 layoffs
No one takes solace in the woes of others but it provides some perspective to understand the pain that both the City of Manteca and Manteca Unified School District went through over the past 14 months.

The City of Tracy
is struggling with a $9 million general fund deficit. The solution it is now dealing with involves the potential lay-off of 69 municipal workers including four police officers.

Manteca early on decided the best strategy was to do everything possible to share the pain by spreading it among all city employees while at the same time making the impacts on municipal services as minimal as possible.
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