Ocean Beach residents say open drug use in the area has never been worse
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Ocean Beach is one of those places where locals have always been open and accepting to the so-called “counter culture.” It’s been that way since the invention of the counter culture in the 1960s. But has it gone too far?
“They are doing it way out in the open. They don’t care who sees them, where they are, it doesn’t matter. And it’s not just pot, it’s meth, coke, oxy and everything else,” said Ocean Beach resident Jim Grant.
Now that pot is legal in California, the wanderers are flaunting it. Even though it’s still illegal to smoke in public, they don’t seem to care.
“This is our community. We’re not going anywhere. We wont be intimidated and won’t tolerate open drug use around the pier,” said OB Town Council President Mark Winkie.
Even though this kind of thing has always been a subtext of Ocean Beach, the blatant use and sale of drugs in the open is fairly new.
As for police, they are almost always in the area, but marijuana is legal, and it’s not a top priority to arrest someone for a minor offense such as marijuana possession. Hard drugs, however, are another story. But someone has to actually see the deal occur in order to get busted.
With the holiday season already upon us, this is a major concern for local businesses and shop owners.
“A lot of our families own businesses here and we depend on tourists and shoppers to spend their money. This is not the way we want OB to be represented,” said OB resident Ralph West.