LOCAL VOICES: No to all drugs in Compton, including marijuana!

Drug syringe and cooked heroin on spoon

All drugs are bad for Compton; the only solution is a drug-free city, not a return to the drug scourge of the 80s


On Jan. 1, 2017 thousands of families across America will sit down for a traditional New Year’s dinner. I can imagine that the table will offer a pork roast, black-eyed peas, and collard greens, each representing the hope of what the new year will bring, namely prosperitY.

But alas another dish will inevitably show up. The infamous chitterlings, aka chitlins.  For the uninitiated, chitlins are the small intestines of a hog. It is a very polarizing dish. In other words, you either love them or hate them. I don’t have a problem with people who eat chitlins. But I will not allow you to prepare, clean or cook them in my house.

4e42b78de9bf8The reason for my moratorium on chitlins is simple. They smell! And if you have ever prepared them in your house you would know that they leave a putrid stench that is hard to get rid of. The smell gets into the air, the carpet, and every other fabric. It takes days to get rid of, at best. Chitlins? Not in my house!

Think of Compton. A community that has been historically decimated by “crack” cocaine, alcohol, and a variety of other drugs. Compton leaders now appear to want to allow some sort of marijuana business in the city. If they are against it, they haven’t been very strong in their objections.

But more to the point, Compton has experienced the same kind of  “bad odor.”  Crack, alcohol, and an outsized reputation for murder has left a stench inside of our city that has proven hard to get rid of. We’ve lost generations of children, marriages have dissolved, homes and lives have been ruined behind all of these things; one of which is considered a “harmless” drug.

In a city like Compton, we don’t have the luxury of making a distinction between good drugs and bad drugs. We’re dealing with the stench we have and we are following our noses… all drugs are bad for Compton. The only solution is a drug- free Compton.

Let the sales and cultivation take place in [another city]. It’s not ideal, but ultimately something beyond our control. When it comes to marijuana businesses of any type; Compton stands up and says — “Not In My House!”

Chris Petit is a Compton homeowner.




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