By Matt Coker
By R. Scott Moxley
By Charles Lam
By Nick Schou
By Gustavo Arellano
By Gustavo Arellano
By Steve Lowery
By R. Scott Moxley
The medical-marijuana laws are very loose, and the fact that it is only a state law makes it even worse [Nick Schou’s “Marijuana Martyr,” April 30]. Mark Moen was trying to start a new life, and his dispensary boosted business in the area and helped local patients. Mark’s only crime was trying to transport cheap cannabis from Humboldt County to Orange County. The fact is medical marijuana can truly help people who need it, but it is abused by people who don’t.
Jared Aizenstadt, via e-mail
Free Mark! This is a very unfortunate situation. God bless him and his family.
SMH, Long Beach, via ocweekly.com
Well done, OC Sheriff’s Department! You’ve destroyed one man’s life and taken him away from his family . . . and now there is another medical-marijuana dispensary in the same strip mall. So, what have you accomplished? You stole a lot of money and inventory from a legitimate business, and in exchange, you’ll cost us taxpayers the money to prosecute and ultimately house its owner . . . oh, yeah, and we also get to bear the financial burden of taking care of his family through our vastly overfunded Orange County social programs. Could you generate a deeper money pit? Please don’t take that challenge—I know you can. The OC Sheriff’s Department needs to be cleaned out from the top down; we should not have to pay the price of their capricious witch-hunts. You are not protecting us or our children with these activities, so what good are you? This story is so sad it makes me physically ill to read it. Free Mark Moen!
Art, Mission Viejo, via ocweekly.com
Mark Moen a martyr? LOL! He was a player, took his chances and got busted. He was motivated by money and deserves whatever sentence he gets. Wacky stories such as this one are why OC Weekly has zero credibility. Clue: Stick with movie and restaurant reviews.
Warren, Los Angeles, via ocweekly.com
A SLICE OF HEAVEN
Nick’s is the best [Gustavo Arellano’s Hole in the Wall, “Long Live Nick’s,” April 30]. It would make money in New York, New Jersey or wherever Sicilian-Italian food is desired. I have been frequenting Nick’s for 32 years and have not found better pizza or Italian food anywhere in OC.
Barry Greene, Santa Ana, via ocweekly.com
I can’t speak for the guy being gay or not [Matt Coker’s “The Virgin Tony,” April 23], but clearly, the ladies are not his priority, especially if he’s now blaming living in “liberal America” as a reason to not get involved with any. Come on. Right, when the conservatives take back the country and he’s, oh, 90 years old, he’ll get involved? Really? I kinda don’t think so.
Jennifer, via ocweekly.com
You sad, sad bastard.
Echo, Shreveport, via ocweekly.com
THAT’S THE OL’ MELON!
I appreciated your article on the OC GOP Central Committee[Spencer Kornhaber’s “A New Tea Leaf,” April 30]. There is a movement to start at the very beginning. As a lifelong Republican, I’ve become very upset with the disconnect that the leadership has been displaying in both parties. There has been a certain “business as usual” arrogance from the GOP with feelings such as “we’re back” after some midterm wins on the East Coast. That’s not what the people have been saying, particularly the growth from the tea party movement throughout California and the country since last April. Things are happening within our country that reflect the fact that the members of Congress and the Senate, as well as those in Sacramento, have lost touch with reality. They perhaps are also frustrated in the two-party system. I am certainly not opposed to the two-party system, but somewhere along the line, we have developed a “them or us” attitude that isn’t working for the citizens of this country. Additional parties won’t solve what is wrong, but properly vetted candidates who are prepared to stand behind their core values are needed. This fall, we will see how many are no longer willing to accept career politicians and “business as usual” type of politics.
Dean Grose, via e-mail
Let’s call them by their true name, shall we? Tea BAGGERS.
jjj, via ocweekly.com
In Spencer Kornhaber’s April 30 article titled “A New Tea Leaf,” it was erroneously stated that the OC Republican Central Committee had endorsed Craig Hunter for sheriff. In fact, the committee made no endorsement in that race. The Weekly regrets the error.
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