Time to set rules on pot dispensaries
Original post made on Jun 15, 2010
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on Jun 15, 2010 at 5:27 pm
The City Council is behaving with extreme disregard for sick and suffering patients in Mountain View and the surrounding cities for whom cannabis is the safest and most effective medicine available. Mayor Bryant, a cancer survivor herself, was prescribed Marinol (synthetic THC) for her condition and has said publicly that she would probably use cannabis if she got cancer again and found that it helped. Nevertheless, she is pointedly standing in the way of providing access to others. Rather than shying away from "being the center for dispensaries in our area," Mountain View should welcome the chance to shame the surrounding cities and help our own constituents and theirs. That's what LEADERSHIP is all about.
Many of the restrictions being proposed unfairly single out dispensary operators and make it difficult or impossible to operate in the city. The police chiefs of both Los Angeles and San Francisco have both stated flatly that the existence of cannabis dispensaries is NOT correlated with any increase in crime. So why are so many on the City Council letting their fear and ignorance trample the civil rights of their constituents?
It didn't take 14 years after Emancipation for City Councils to decide how best to draft regulations to free slaves. It didn't take 14 years after women got the vote for City Councils to try to figure out how to make that happen. The people of California voted 14 years ago -- 14 years! -- to allow patients to use cannabis. Support nationally for medical cannabis is over 70%; in Mountain View, it is almost certainly in the 80-90%+ range. The City Council needs to take a courageous stand and fight for the rights of patients to safe access to their medicine.
on Jun 15, 2010 at 9:19 pm
This whole medical pot issue is a ploy for recreational users to break the law. In LA over 100 dispensaries have been closed for various violations including the providing of "prescriptions" onsite by "doctors" who don't examine the patient but collect $500 for the document.
If pot is a valid drug why isn't it provided in a standard dose and strength? Why is it sold in a dispensary rather than a drugstore? We have an entire infrastructure in place called pharmacists that are trained and certified about how to dispense medicine. Why do we need another amateur-hour setup with untrained individuals?
I vote for no pot clubs in Mountain View and I applaud Palo Alto and Los Altos for banning them.
on Jun 15, 2010 at 9:49 pm
"cannabis is the safest and most effective medicine available"??
PeaceLove, where did you get your medical degree? Or law degree? Or history degree for that matter.
For God's Sake stop smoking that stuff. You are losing your mind!