Medical marijuana offers relief for Port Hueneme

Medical marijuana offers relief for Port Hueneme

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Let’s get the jokes out of the way first. We’re not renaming the city “Pot Hueneme” or “Port Highneme.” Nor are we rebranding the city to “Port Hueneme, Where the Grass is Greener” or “Hueneme Isn’t Just About Higher Education.” And no, Cheech and Chong will not be filming their sequels here (although they haven’t asked). The cannabis industry is the subject of thousands of jokes that share one thing in common — they are antiquated views left over from the pot culture of the 1960s. What many folks don’t realize is that cannabis in California, as a legitimate industry, has already been approved by the voters. The modern and relevant view of cannabis is that it is a medically proven drug for hundreds of ailments that have eluded traditional treatment. It has given relief to people suffering from epilepsy, effects of cancer, anxiety and other psychological disorders. It is far more preferable than the opioids that have hooked millions into an addiction that frequently leads to the death of the user. With the adoption of Ordinance No. 727 effective July 5, Port Hueneme became the first city in Ventura County to recognize and license the cannabis industry as a medical provider. We are following through on what California voters and legislators have deemed to be legal. They approved of the medical marijuana industry, and we are implementing that edict. Allowing this immensely regulated industry into our city is also going to offer significant relief to our city budget and citizens. Few industries are growing as rapidly as cannabis, so there is immense revenue potential to offset the city’s structural deficit without having to tax our residents. As a separate but complementary effort, the City Council has already begun a process to sell one or more properties the city […]

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