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They claim: “more tax dollars to Sausalito”

Fact: 7.5% of net profits likely won’t even cover the costs to the city. Also, by making these only “net” profits, we’re relying on the main sponsor to demonstrate ethical business practices, while these have already been called into question by multiple news sources. In 2018 the San Francisco Ethics Commission addressed a complaint against Otter Brands’ founder Conor Johnston, for his failure to register income with the city. Then in 2020 Johnston was called out for “gaming programs meant to help people of color” when he opened his cannabis store in San Francisco. 

 

They claim:  “OUR ONE CHANCE”

Fact: It may be the one chance for the main Measure K sponsor, Otter Brands, LLC, to force their way into Sausalito as a self-serving monopoly. But, no, it’s not the one chance for Sausalito to decide on bringing retail cannabis to our town, as multiple Council members state here.

 

They claim: “Replace Drug Dealers with a Safe, Legal Adult Dispensary”

Fact:  The illegal market continues to thrive despite legalization. In fact, diversion of legal products to minors is a common practice. (1)

 

They claim: “safe products”

Fact: High potency THC products like those sold in Otter Brands’ San Francisco store are proven to be unsafe. So much so that new regulations are being adopted to mitigate the harms. (2-7)

They claim: “lowers opioid use”

Fact: Early use of marijuana is a dominant predictor of Opioid Use Disorder.  Also, opioid mortality rates increased more rapidly in legalized jurisdictions. (8-10)

 

They claim: “keeps them away from teens”

Fact: Teen use increases where there are retail cannabis outlets. And it’s no wonder, given how Otter Brands targets youth. Check out their “All Ages” invitation to a “Cookie’s Christmas” party featuring Xmas wreaths and trees made of marijuana and Santa rolling joints. (11)

They claim: “prioritizes locals”

Fact: Measure K is written with a Sausalito residency requirement, but the qualifying resident only needs to have a 1% ownership. The remaining 99% ownership is not required to be local. In addition to using this requirement to shut out competitors – the lawyers for Otter Brands sued a legitimate equity candidate​ who lives in Marin City. 

  1. The reality of legal weed in California: Huge illegal grows, violence, worker exploitation and deaths, LA Times, 2022.

  2. Sideli L, Quigley H, La Cascia C, Murray RM. Cannabis Use and the Risk for Psychosis and Affective Disorders. J Dual Diagn. 2020 Jan-Mar;16(1):22-42. doi: 10.1080/15504263.2019.1674991. Epub 2019 Oct 24. PMID: 31647377.

  3. Hjorthøj C, Posselt CM, Nordentoft M. Development Over Time of the Population-Attributable Risk Fraction for Cannabis Use Disorder in Schizophrenia in Denmark. JAMA Psychiatry. 2021 Sep 1;78(9):1013-1019. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2021.1471. PMID: 34287621; PMCID: PMC8295899.

  4. Matheson J, Le Foll B. Cannabis Legalization and Acute Harm From High Potency Cannabis Products: A Narrative Review and Recommendations for Public Health. Front Psychiatry. 2020 Sep 23;11:591979. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2020.591979. PMID: 33173527; PMCID: PMC7538627.

  5. Godin, S.-L., &  Shehata, S. (2022).  Adolescent cannabis use and later development of schizophrenia: An updated systematic review of longitudinal studies. Journal of Clinical Psychology,  78,  1331– 1340. https://doi.org/10.1002/jclp.23312

  6. HB21-1327, Regulating Marijuana Concentrates, Colorado General Assembly, June 2021

  7. Use of Regulated Marijuana Warning, Colorado Department of Revenue

  8. Wadekar AS. Understanding Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) using tree-based classifiers. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020 Mar 1;208:107839. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.107839. Epub 2020 Jan 15. PMID: 31962227.

  9. Williams AR. Cannabis as a Gateway Drug for Opioid Use Disorder. J Law Med Ethics. 2020 Jun;48(2):268-274. doi: 10.1177/1073110520935338. PMID: 32631185; PMCID: PMC7359408.

  10. Archie Bleyer, Brian Barnes, Kenneth Finn, United States marijuana legalization and opioid mortality epidemic during 2010–2020 and pandemic implications, Journal of the National Medical Association, 2022.

  11. Rogers CJ, Steinberg JK, Vos RO, Soto DW, Unger JB. Associations between Local Jurisdiction Ordinances and Current Use of Cannabis Products in California Adolescents. Subst Use Misuse. 2022;57(3):373-379. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2021.2012693. Epub 2021 Dec 14. PMID: 34903134

  12. Paschall MJ, García-Ramírez G, Grube JW. Recreational Marijuana Legalization and Use Among California Adolescents: Findings From a Statewide Survey. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2021 Jan;82(1):103-111. doi: 10.15288/jsad.2021.82.103. PMID: 33573728; PMCID: PMC7901265.

The Measure K sponsors continue to misinform Sausalito voters. Here we cite credible sources to disprove their claims

We feel it is important to have the facts straight and that cannabis business owners should acknowledge potential unintended harms and take steps to mitigate those harms. At the same time, the main issues with K are:

  1. It creates a monopoly.

  2. It prevents our city from putting in place any proper regulations. 

  3. Our city council can craft a better approach with genuine citizen input and regulation best practices. 

But for the record...

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