Mountain View Voice

Opinion - April 30, 2010

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On the opening of a pot club against city regulations

I am shocked and outraged by the attitude, actions and words of Mr. Matt Lucero regarding his "medical marijuana dispensary" that he recently illegally opened at 2632 Bayshore Parkway.

It is hard to believe how arrogant he is, to the point that he goes on and opens his pot club without the required city permit and then boasts about his financial resources and "hard-hitting lawyers" as a way to prevail, adding, "We are going to stay." Does he think that because he is a lawyer and a millionaire he is above the law?

The City Council and other city officials have all the right and responsibility to show him and his associates who is who according to the law. And they should do so now!

If Mr. Lucero is really so compassionate and really wants to help the "ill residents of Santa Clara County," there are many other legal ways and forms he can use without being arrogant and a law violator.

Also, as a Mexican and a Catholic, I find offensive and disrespectful the fact that he is displaying on the wall of his pot club a mural of Our Lady of Guadalupe, no matter how artistic that mural may be.

Job Lopez, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood

I used to think that all "street drugs" had no medicinal value, until I read some literature about pain. Pain is very real, and affects people in different ways. Why do you think there are hundreds of pain medication on the market? It is because everyone reacts to pain medication differently. One person might need drugs after surgery to relieve pain, another person might throw up the very same drugs, another person might take an NSAID (over the counter pain medication), and another person might take nothing.

Nobody knows what type of pain another person is feeling, and judging people about their pain is the wrong approach. As a person with pharmaceutical experience, I would rather see medicinal pot distributed like other controlled substances.

DCS, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood

I believe that safe and affordable access to medical marijuana will be a reality in a very short timeframe here in Mountain View. The city staff is currently working on a compassionate ordinance to allow medical cannabis dispensing collectives in our city. And before Matt Lucero jumped in and made a personal decision to blatantly open a collective in spite of the ordinance.

I was hoping to see this ordinance in June before the summer break for the council. Now I am not sure what to think as the city resources are now focused on this new development. Thanks Matt. I believe in your movement just not in your methods.

B.D., a resident of the North Whisman neighborhood

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