Community groups unite against pokies

Community groups unite against pokies By Mike Gannon In May 2014, the Portland City Council approved a 바카라사이트moratorium on the creation of new pokie

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Community groups unite against pokies

By Mike Gannon

In May 2014, the Portland City Council approved a 바카라사이트moratorium on the creation of new pokie machines, though not without a apronxlot of controversy within the ranks of local and state officials.

In response, Portland’s Mayor Charlie Hales proposed a draft ordinance that would impose one year of criminal sanctions on the operators of new machines and impose fines for operating and maintaining them without a permit.

Then came the controversy over new pokies — in which the mayor was right that a lot of the money would go to the drug dealers. As Portland City Council members voiced their support for the ban, they were met with vehement opposition from the local machine industry.

Portlandian’s editorial board, supported by many local elected officials, opposed the ban and, according to the editorial in Portlandia, “the ban has divided the city. … The [pokies] issue is a good example of how political power can be used to benefit a major industry while disadvantaging a diverse group of residents.”

Meanwhile, in Seattle, an opposition group, Marijuana Activists for Safer Neighborhoods (MASN), is also fighting a proposed law that would ban use and possession of cannabis products as well as smoking marijuana and growing marijuana, to prevent youth from growing and selling in the city. The council is weighing a proposed amendment that would allow for up to $200,000 in fines to be assessed per illegal activity per year for anyone found cultivating and manufacturing ma더킹카지노rijuana for profit. (According to the Seattle Times, the proposal would also provide an exemption to the law that allows commercial pot grows, but would not expand the existing medical pot programs.)

In Denver, where cannabis is already legal for adult use, Denver Public Schools officials opposed the ban. City Council member Brian Gatto argued that the “pot industry needs to be more responsible about educating and funding our school systems. …

“So far, pot users are getting into a whole new market of buying and selling stuff, where they’re at risk of getting arrested,” Gatto said in an interview in January. “I really believe that school programs and drug policy needs to be adjusted to account for the realities, which is that school-age kids in Denver have grown up with alcohol as well, and, more importantly, have a lot of personal problems they want to deal with.”

But for those working to stop the city from banning the industry, the arguments have little appeal. After all, they don’t just fight pot laws: The