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Mountain View relaunches cannabis business applications after major changes

Original post made on Aug 30, 2019

Mountain View is accepting applications to open up to three cannabis businesses in the city, resuscitating a permitting process that was put on ice following an overhaul of the city's regulations.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, August 30, 2019, 12:05 PM

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Posted by Common sense
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 30, 2019 at 12:40 pm

Common sense is a registered user.

This will all seem so silly in a few years. When occasional storefront retailers have become the norm; when the automatic one-year license review (which the City Council already passed months ago) has verified that there are no problems with public nuisances, "schoolchildren," etc. (or, on the other hand, has efficiently removed any storefront retailers where problems did occur); and all the anxiety, misconception, fear-mongering, real-estate anxiety (or foreign-real-estate-investor) agendas, etc. thrown around recently by a vocal few people opposed to this progress have all faded from memory.

A fear that the various anxious or contrived claims about them would be discredited if storefront dispensaries were even tried (as the one-year-review process would require) probably motivates some of the resistance to them.

Posted by Wow
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Aug 30, 2019 at 1:33 pm

I agree, this will seem pretty silly in a few years. Meanwhile, there's some great product coming from the MV gardens this year thanks to a mild summer. Gardening in the Valley of Heart's Delights :)

Posted by Rossta
a resident of Waverly Park
on Aug 30, 2019 at 2:47 pm

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Why bother. If there is no storefront, why do I care if the business is in Mountain View? Oh, yes, our council members want the tax revenue, but don't want the benefits to its residents of being able to go shop and interact with a knowledgable staff member.
Disappointed in this council. Paranoid. I doubt any of them has been in a dispensary to even learn how they operate.

Posted by richl
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Aug 30, 2019 at 3:15 pm

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This city council is a nightmare. They are still approving all the building projects, and they screwed over lots of people who invested a ton of money hoping to open businesses in the city. I will be voting against all of them.

Posted by MV resident
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Aug 30, 2019 at 4:06 pm

too many potheads in MV.

Posted by Dat's da fact, Jack!
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Aug 30, 2019 at 4:20 pm

Actually, when looking at the ill effects of intoxicants, the headlines are most only filled with the escapades of too many drunks.
The alchies hate it when you point out the actual dangers of booze when they're trying to make pot seem like it's doing societal harm. The headlines show otherwise.

Oh, look what happened in Atherton yesterday. A drunk ran over a child.
Web Link

Posted by Reader XYZ
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Aug 30, 2019 at 5:09 pm

Common sense (resident of Old Mountain View) wrote:

"This will all seem so silly in a few years."

It's already beyond silly.

There are already cannabis stores in Europe. I saw one on my last trip: Kärntner Straße in Vienna, Austria. This is one of the prime shopping streets in the entire country. Not a big deal whatsoever.

Maybe Austrian stoners are better than American stoners? I thought America was the best at everything.

Posted by PeaceLove
a resident of Shoreline West
on Aug 30, 2019 at 6:46 pm

The War on Drugs, especially cannabis, is a racist crime against humanity and the MV City Council are active collaborators, as they have been for decades. We're 23 *years* past from when the majority of residents voted to make cannabis available to whoever needs it and we're STILL having the same bad-faith debates, triggered by a small and ignorant vocal minority that crammed the City Council meetings and scared the Council into perpetuating prohibition YET AGAIN.

My friend provided cannabis medicine to sick and suffering Mountain View patients for 13 years but the onerous new regulations drove him out of business. City Councils over the years have made promises and broken them over and over, including a promise *to our faces* allow storefronts by the end of the year (2018).

All this for a botanical medicine with a 5000+ year history of successful medicinal use, 0 deaths EVER, and which the Drug Enforcement Agency said in a court ruling over 30 years ago is "one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man" and "safer than many foods we commonly consume."

Posted by Fair
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Sep 1, 2019 at 4:55 am

Weed View CA. Has a nice ring to it.

Posted by But...
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 3, 2019 at 10:10 am

I think Mountain View will likely remain as the name, but if we're going to change, BoozeLand would work.

You can buy alcohol in MV every 10 feet and during the grammar school
walk-a-thons, you can buy booze right there on the school grounds(!) DURING A CHILDREN'S EVENT, via your bid.

Until we have a cannabis room at our grades schools walk-a-thons like we have wine rooms, MV is much more likely to be renamed BoozeLand.

Posted by Fair
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Sep 4, 2019 at 8:53 am

You can build it, but I'm not coming. Cannabis stores are way too expensive with all the State and local fees.

Most of my friends/family are going back to the black market and or growing our own... Mainly local dealers.

Posted by Stores
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 4, 2019 at 9:06 am

I have a small patch in town as well, but I do like the stores for more labor intensive products like hashes, edibles and tinctures that I don't want to hassle with myself. I also like the seed to store traceability of the legal stuff. Mold and pesticide residue is a big concern and I've seen lots of it in black market product over the years.

I agree though, they went overboard with the taxes which is propping up the black market. I believe works are in progress to try and reduce the high taxation, but I'll believe that when I see it. Until then, I figure I'll just use the stores for the more exotic stuff.

Posted by Billy Bob
a resident of Bailey Park
on Sep 4, 2019 at 7:41 pm

Rvs all over the city crime on the rise now canbis stores allowed . Mountain View City Council thanks for destroying a great city . Please dont run for re election

Posted by Didn't you hear?
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 6, 2019 at 6:19 am

US Congressmen and senators in both parties have been investing in cannabis businesses for years now so the national path is clear. Check out this map of the US that shows the legality of cannabis by state.
Web Link
The war on pot is over and the RVs have been slowly exiting their usual haunts now that the path for them is also clear, thanks to our city council.

Posted by OK
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 7, 2019 at 6:52 am

Slow progress, but forward progress none the less. MV is still moving in the right forward direction.
An idea as we continue: What if the city made it possible for a business with a current hard alcohol license to do a clean exchange for a cannabis serving license? It seems all the crime downtown is usually tied to alcohol, so eliminating one of the more dangerous alcohol dispensaries might help the community.
I'm sure the legalities of it all would muddy the path though.

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