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Ed ‘El Stupido’ Reyes – Godfather of Dope

January 10, 2010

Ed ‘El Stupido’ Reyes has been ‘in charge’ of regulating the growth of marijuana shops in Los Angeles for over 4 years. In that time, Reyes has failed to come up with any meaningful rules or regulations.

The situation in Los Angeles got so out of control that in September 2009, 4 years and 2 months after Reyes started screwing up something a child could do, the Los Angeles City Council took the task away from him.

Reyes, a small man with a huge ego, is not taking the embarrassing indictment of his ineptitude lightly. The self-appointed Don of Dope is determined to stamp his mark on Los Angeles by doing his level best to derail any attempt by the City Council to follow legal advice given by the City Attorney, Carmen Trutanich to the effect that the law only allowed collective cultivation of marijuana, not retail sales.

Tempers flared when Reyes, as well as several pro-marijuana councilmembers such as Paul ‘Potato Head’ Koretz, were made to look like complete fools when a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge ruled that marijuana cannot be sold. Previously Reyes and Koretz had succeeded in convincing most of the City Council that marijuana could be sold as long as the exchange of cash for drugs was called something else; like a ‘contribution,’ or a ‘reimbursement.’

The reaction of Reyes and Koretz was utterly predictable. The pair tried to deflect any blame for being wrong by choosing to characterize the matter as ‘a difference of opinion’ and lambasted City Attorney Carmen Trutanich for what they described as ‘politicizing’ the issue.

While opinions may differ, when a Superior Court Judge tells you what the law is, you are either stupid or reckless when you ignore that opinion.

While Reyes has tried to minimize his stupidity and ignorance of the law, he’s had a harder time trying to explain how he gave unlimited access to his office to Don Duncan, founder of  Americans for Safe Access.

Reyes probably believed Don Duncan to be simply an advocate for providing medical marijuana to sick patients. Apparently Reyes so utterly believed in Duncan that just before the City Council took the marijuana shop ordinance away from Reyes, he tried to slip in an amendment to the ordinance that appears to have been written by Duncan.

Duncan may not be all he seemed to be to the gullible Ed Reyes. The LA Weekly reported that Duncan owns and operates a marijuana shop in West Hollywood; the Los Angeles Patients & Caregivers Group. It may strike you as strange that Ed Reyes choose to take advice from a man with a business interest, but what is even more strange is that the LA Weekly also reported that Duncan operates a consultancy business for investors who want to profit by opening marijuana shops.  Reyes has a lot to hide from when it comes to being accused of being a complete fool and the fact that he openly criticized and condemned the legal advice he was given by City Attorney Carmen Trutanich and preferred the advice of a marijuana shop owner and paid marijuana business consultant, makes it difficult for the councilmember to shake off his City Hall nickname, ‘El Stupido.’

Most recently, Council District 5 Councilman Paul ‘Potato Head’ Koretz has been criticized for causing this mess by screwing up his attempt to create a lawful means of marijuana use when, as a member of the State legislature, he created a law that the LA Times described as “confusing.” When confronted with his own stupidity, the Potato Headed Councilman embarked on a rant against the City Attorney for not ‘helping.’ Koretz recently became a councilman after narrowly winning a hotly contested election that saw candidate David Vahedi defeated by what some consider to be questionable campaign finance conduct.

The Los Angeles City Council is scheduled to resume its attempts to regulate the estimated 1,000+ marijuana shops on Wednesday, January 13, 2010. While Ed Reyes and Paul Koretz can be expected to continue their obstruction and deflection of culpability, one person my be absent from the proceedings. Don Duncan is rumored to have relocated to Denver, Colorado where the reputation he built as consigliere to the Don of Dope has apparently garnered him many new clients keen to cash in on Denver’s burgeoning marijuana shop industry.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 2, 2010 2:10 am

    There is obviously a lot to learn. There are some good points here.

  2. jess permalink
    March 20, 2010 6:51 am

    Good for Reyes. He understands that pot should be a legal commodity and enforcing prohibition is a waste of our limited resources. We need more forward thinking leaders like Reyes.

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