Saturday, September 30, 2006

"Pot" calling the kettle black

You gotta love Ukiah.

Here is the picture that was plastered on the front page of Friday's Ukiah Daily Journal. For those of you that are from another planet, those are pot plants being grown indoors, something that is legal in Ukiah. The title of the article is Decade of Prop 215, that now infamous marijuana legalization legislation that the idiot voters in California made law.

This article is sort of "state of the bud" address in terms of Mendocino County. For instance,

The growth and sale of marijuana has been a cause of friction, especially in cities. In 2005, the Ukiah City Council passed an ordinance that restricted the number of plants a patient could grow within city limits to six adults or 12 juveniles.

Apparently the Supreme Court case Gonzales v. Raich doesn't have much merit in this neck of the woods. You might be asking "why indoors"? Could it be safety for the kids? Could it be the increase in crime (crime has gone up since the ordinance was passed)? Nope. It was the "skunk".

It also required that plants be grown inside because of a skunk-like odor that spread through the city during harvest season, prompting complaints to both law enforcement and air quality officials.

As you can see, weed is alive and well in Ukiah. However, this isn't as much of a rant about Mary Jane as it is the hypocrisy of the whole situation regarding drugs, Ukiah, and the school.

On the same front page of the same exact paper is this headline, "School Safety Meetings Begin". School Safety Meetings are the attempt by the administration to get parents more involved in dealing with safety issues on campus, a very good idea since the idiot paper makes the school out to be the Mendocino County version of Attica. Some of the comments were the standard issues about violence, harassment, and general safety. Then came the parents and specialists that were all of the sudden concerned about drugs on campus.

Suzanne Bentley, also with Public Health, attended the meeting "primarily as a parent," she said. "My main concern is drug use on campus, specifically marijuana, which seems to be being dealt with in a very cavalier way. I've heard that kids ... many students, are smoking on campus; that there are lockers filled with marijuana. And, if there are locker checks the students know about them in advance," Bentley said.

Anyone else see the irony of celebrating the legalization of marijuana, and the condemnation of the one place were drugs are least tolerated, all on the same front page? I laughed out loud when I read about the "very cavalier way" that drugs are dealt with on campus. Cavalier? You mean sort of like the entire attitude of the county of Mendocino? I dare you to find any institution in the entire county that enforces federal marijuana laws like the high school does. Obviously Ms. Bentley has little knowledge of California Ed Code in regards to drug offenses, or the idea of due process. She also must have no knowledge of the now deceased Norm Vroman, a district attorney who passionately advocated legalization and rarely prosecuted offenses. If Bentley really wanted to help out, she would go to city council meetings and address the real problem of the drug culture that is now ground into the entire social order of this town. You are preaching to the choir, Suzy.

I almost forgot the obligatory teacher-basher at the Safety meeting.

Sharon Govern, also a parent, feels not only are schools an
instrumental part of the process, teachers, too, need to be more involved in order to evoke change. "Unless teachers play a strong role in this, talk the talk, walk the walk, I don't think it will succeed," Govern said. "Teachers are role models and need to be involved in the meetings," Coren said.

Actually, you really don't want me to attend the meetings. One of my shortcomings (according to some people) is that I'm not much of a diplomat. I'll tell you exactly what I think the problem is, without much regard to the fluffy feeling you might want to get from educators. I'd say things like "What the hell do you think we teachers talk about at lunch? We talk about wanting your kids safe, that's what." and "We get your kids for an hour a day. How about you be the best role model for your child.", and the ever popular "Talk the talk, walk the walk? You just remember that when I fail your kid or suspend him or otherwise discipline him". Sorry, not very diplomatic, but very effective in getting the point across.

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