Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Pot Club In My Neighborhood?
Photo courtesy of the San Francisco Bay Guardian
I wanted to get your opinions on this issue.
I was walking home from the beach the other day and just a block away from my apartment found a medical marijuana establishment moving in what used to be a chiropractic office. There were signs all over the windows explaining the need for this business in the area and also a public hearing notice for March 18th at City Hall.
While I was reading the signage, the owner came out and talked to me. She explained that she was a breast cancer survivor and that marijuana helped her through that trying time. She also explained that there are many other patients in my area that have a need for this establishment.
According to her our police chief is in agreement and actually thinks that it should be legalized and taxed in order to gain much needed revenue for the city. A bill has just passed which allows for this to take place.
While I have nothing against marijuana and legalizing it, I do have some qualms about the dispensary being a block away. While the owner insists that there will be heavy security in place, I still do think that there is a strong possibility of increased crime in the area. We already have our fair share of gang activity out here so I am really on the fence about this situation.
There is strong opposition to this by businesses in the area as well.
I guess I just would like all of your opinions on this and would like to know would you be in favor of a medical marijuana dispensary moving into your neighborhood?