Knesset Israel of Beverlywood

Shelly Rothchild emails (pdf attached about a free drug offer):

I am a member, and my husband is the rabbi, of Knesset Israel Congregation of Beverlywood, a small synagogue located at 2364 South Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles. A medical marijuana facility is applying for a hardship exemption to sell marijuana next door to my synagogue based on the fact that it was previously closed down by the LAPD at another location.
I am a breast cancer survivor, and I have no problem with medical marijuana facilities as a general proposition. However, the marijuana facility located next door painted a cross on the wall of my synagogue and also put signs on the synagogue wall advertising their marijuana store, without the permission or consent of my synagogue.
A hearing will be held on August 6, 2009, at 10 am, in Room 350 at 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, on its application for an exemption. The attached was posted on the internet inviting people to attend the hearing to support the exemption in return for free marijuana, so that this facility could continue to sell drugs next to my synagogue, which is attended by, among others, families with young children.
Is this permissible conduct for a medical marijuana facility?

About Luke Ford

Raised a Seventh-Day Adventist at Avondale College in Australia, Luke Ford moved to California in 1977. He graduated from Placer High School in 1984, reported the news at KAHI/KHYL radio for three years, attended Sierra College and UCLA, was largely bedridden by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for six years, and converted to Judaism in 1993. From 1997-2007, Luke made his living from blogging. Living by Beverly Hills (, he now teaches the Alexander Technique (moving the way the body likes to move). Lessons cost $100 each and last about 45 minutes. In 2011, Luke completed a three-year teaching course at the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles. His personal Alexander Technique website is Luke is the author of five books, including: » The Producers: Profiles in Frustration » Yesterday’s News Tomorrow: Inside American Jewish Journalism
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