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Should Pleasanton allow medical marijuana dispensaries?

Original post made by Janet Pelletier, Pleasanton Weekly assistant editor, on Apr 3, 2007

The City Council is expected to approve a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. Should dispensaries be allowed or should they be prohibited?

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Posted by Elisa
a resident of Castlewood
on Apr 4, 2007 at 4:13 am

Pleasanton can ban medical marijuana all they want, the bay area itself is loaded with it and I'm sure the high schoolers have plenty of the better stuff anyways. So, the people who do need it or claim they do can get it legally or illegally.

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Posted by Jeff
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Apr 6, 2007 at 3:04 pm

Clearly, crime goes up when a "dispensary" comes in. Does it need to be any more clear than that?

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Posted by Alicia
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 6, 2007 at 6:24 pm

The crime that goes up when a marijuana dispensary comes in cannot compare to the crime that exists because of alcohol abuse. First there are the hidden crimes, the alcohol abusers who commit crimes against family members, then there are the drunk drivers who kill and injure innocent people every day. Drunk drivers get a slap on the wrist and are back on the road ready for their next victim, and we all accept this. Alcohol use is glorifed in the media. Yet we all scream and shout over that evil weed marijuana. Just think, someone high on weed might steal a package of Oreo's. Scary! But when we read about the child killed by a drunk driver, what do we do? Nothing.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of another community
on Apr 8, 2007 at 8:37 pm

There is no need to place medical marijuana dispensary in Pleasanton. The people that need or want it can easily get it. There are plenty of dealers out there willing to sell it and make a profit. Ask any high school student and I bet they know where and how to get it. The dispensaries are not regulated by the State so anybody that pays a price and goes through the registration process can call themselves a dispensary. They get closed down all the time. All they do is open up another one down the street. y want their privacy.

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Posted by Randy Usedom
a resident of Parkside
on Apr 15, 2007 at 5:12 pm

Do we really want to follow the lead of Oakland, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Hayward and Berkley as Mr. Sullivan has suggested? What is going on with our Pleasanton City council these days? Our trusted Police Chief and City Attorney are "urging" the council to a adopt a ban because studies show an increase of armed robberies, burglaries and vagrancy in communities with pot dispensaries. Just say no.

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Posted by Ryan
a resident of Parkside
on Apr 21, 2007 at 2:10 pm

I don't think we need a dispensary in Pleasanton. What is Mr. Sullivan thinking? (Maybe he was a dealer in highscool and thinks it's ok)? His actions in my opinion do not represent the will of the people of this community and his Mr. do good actions should be suppressed until he is voted out of our city council.

We need city council who listens to the will of the people, and has the best interest of the safety of our community at the forefront of there agenda.

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Posted by Tom
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 28, 2007 at 6:58 pm

I am a Police Officer in a nearby city. I can provide an educated opinion in reference to the subject of Cannabis Clubs and the impact on crime. First of all, whether someone has a medical problem or not, there are plenty of Doctors who are willing to sell a prescription for medicinal marijuana. There are Doctors in Oakland who do nothing but sell prescriptions for marijuana, normally between $250-$300 per prescription. The do a very, very quick check to cover themselves, then prescribe the marijuana because the person "has headaches", or back-aches, or knee-aches, or finger-aches. To think that these people are not in turn selling their legally purchased marijuana for a profit is naive. Allowing a Cannabis Club in
Pleasanton would be a huge setback for this beautiful, low-crime, family oriented city. We need to fight this....

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Posted by Chris
a resident of Birdland
on May 5, 2007 at 11:10 pm

Please do not put a marijuana dispensary in Pleasanton. The surrounding city's like Oakland and Hayward have them, and putting one in Pleasanton will invite a whole lot of problems. I have lived in Pleasanton all my life (20+ years) and it hurts to think that something like a cannabis club has the oppurtunity to ruin a city with such a great reputation. Please, we need to come together and realize that in this situation there are more cons than pros, this would be a MAJOR step back for pleasanton, and a shameful one at that.

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Posted by Dan
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 6, 2007 at 10:03 am

I have made it a point to stop and ask every Pleasanton Police Officer that I have seen in the past two weeks what they think will happen to Pleasanton if Mr. Sullivan and Ms. Hosterman's dream of a "Medical" Marijuana Store on Main Street comes to fruition. EVERY SINGLE OFFICER clearly stated that it would make their jobs tougher - it would distract them from their other duties, it would increase crime and it would stand as a contradictory message to our kids. We spend $100,000 +/yr as a City and a School District on drug prevention and DARE, then propose to send a completely contradictory signal by having the City sanction an illegal drug club. Our City Attorney and our Police Chief think this is a horrible idea.

While the FDA has approved several THC derivatives (Nabilone and Marinol - Canada has Sativex) for antiemtic (treatment of nausea) use, both the FDA and AMA clearly state, the psychotomimetic (“I’m so stoned!” “Gee, I lost 100% of my motivation.” “Gosh, I’m suddenly paranoid!”) side-effects of the ingested THC outweigh the anti-nausea and anti-tremor benefits that can be achieved by safer, clinical trial proven medications. The above drugs have been approved as "last resort" pharmaceuticals for chemotherapy and late stage AIDS patients and are only administered when a patient can be closely monitored by a physician - as psychosis is a common, nasty side effect. No respected medical organization supports the smoking of marijuana - for the same reasons they don't promote smoking of tobacco products. The FDA and AMA will not support taking bong hits or eating hash brownies any time soon.

For our children's sake, please leave the illegal drug dispensaries outside of Pleasanton.

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Posted by Van Rader
a resident of Foothill High School
on May 18, 2007 at 10:36 am

The community, business, schools and the " Just a good place to be " will see the negative effects within two years of allowing this type of crime to exist in Pleasanton. Yes they will get it elsewhere. But why should Pleasanton be among the list of cities where our children have easy access to illegal drugs and are subjected to an even higher crime rate. I find it hard to believe that city council would consider something that has mixed reviews for a few and negative results for the majority and the future of Pleasanton.

Van Rader
Pleasanton Police/SRO

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Posted by Nancy
a resident of Downtown
on May 18, 2007 at 5:31 pm

The City Council has to consider the issue as the moratorium that they passed is going to expire. So, the Council must decide once and for all what they would like to do on this matter.

And for the record Dan, Mayor Hosterman has not made a statement in favor of having a dispensary in town.

Being in favor of the idea of medical marijuana (a majority of Pleasanton voters voted in favor of prop 215) and being in favor of a dispensary is a big difference. I know the City Council will do the right thing and ban dispensaries in town.

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Posted by Sandra
a resident of Birdland
on May 22, 2007 at 9:12 pm

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries are not merely drug dealers. There are people suffering from AIDS, Cancer, and many other painful diseases, whom would appreciate being able to get relief in a legal, safe, and acceptable way, rather than being forced to go to a dingy backstreet dealer. Also, implying that Mr. Sullivan may have been a drug dealer is a terrible waste of this forum and I hope that we can remain mature, and respectful as a community.

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Posted by Sandra
a resident of Birdland
on May 22, 2007 at 9:12 pm

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries are not merely drug dealers. There are people suffering from AIDS, Cancer, and many other painful diseases, whom would appreciate being able to get relief in a legal, safe, and acceptable way, rather than being forced to go to a dingy backstreet dealer. Also, implying that Mr. Sullivan may have been a drug dealer is a terrible waste of this forum and I hope that we can remain mature, and respectful as a community.

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Posted by Steven
a resident of Beratlis Place
on May 22, 2007 at 9:17 pm

Thanks for your comments, Carl, I mean Dan...Carl. We appreciate it, as usual.

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Posted by M. Conrad
a resident of another community
on May 27, 2007 at 9:56 pm

Pleasanton should allow medical marijuana dispensaries because many areas -especially unincorporated areas of Alameda County (Castro Valley/San Lorenzo/Ashland) is becoming saturated with too many of them. It is time for communities in the Valley to take their share of the burden.

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Posted by Marcos Pinheiro
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 4, 2007 at 12:05 pm

Any resident against a medicinal marijuana dispensary in Pleasanton should start lobbying with City Hall to ban every single liquor license in town.

Anything less than that is hypocritical.

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Posted by Santiago
a resident of Siena
on Jun 4, 2007 at 6:23 pm

To all of you who are parents: you have NO idea how much weed your kids are smoking and how much alcohol they're drinking. Stop acting like you're some noble crusaders when you bash medical marijuana.

I'm not making a stand on the issue itself, just checking up on the hypocrites. But I also must say that you can't always draw parallels between medicinal marijuana and cirme. San Francisco and Berkeley are also much more diverse cities with thriving art, music, and culture overall. Drugs like marijuana were integral to countless artistic movements, an example being the Beat movement. So I can just as easily argue that our cultural edification will increase if you can say that crime will icrease.

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Posted by Tim
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jun 8, 2007 at 12:58 am

Hearing most of the people here makes me sick. There's an opportunity to open a place where AIDS and cancer patients and such can receive treatment for life threatening illnesses and everyone is worried about their kids having access to marijuana? News flash: your kids already have plenty of access to marijuana without a dispensary being in Pleasanton, a dispensary in Pleasanton isn't going to make much of a change at all to the availability of marijuana to minors in this city.

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Posted by LINDA
a resident of another community
on Jun 11, 2007 at 1:03 pm


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Posted by aaron
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Oct 3, 2007 at 12:25 pm

in a remote spot near dublin it'd be ok. i'm pro-prop 215 voted on in in 96' and continue to. i have been a resident of this beautifull town for 25 years. people are focusing on the wrong things in my opinion. but that is only my opinion. crime wouldn't go up. but the demographics near the clubs would. it would be an ugly site. hayward is close enough. especially with bart. it's only 15 minutes away. but pleasanton is way too fake and snobby, to be considered liberal. and too concerned with looking liberal to be republican. this is a rollercoaster of beliefs in this community. i am actually happy that this went to the city. it give's the community a chance to voice their opinion. not just the opinions of the select few.

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Posted by vineyard
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Aug 10, 2008 at 2:44 pm

well i have a cannibis card and i know more people in pleasanton have them too and it is a hasle drivin to hayward every other day i dont abuse my card and sell weed i use it for personal reasons

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Posted by Doo Doo
a resident of Valley Trails
on Aug 12, 2008 at 9:23 am

Well this subject is from 2007, so I take it theres no rush to open these shops in Pleasanton. But with a subject this juicy, I can't help myself. If anyone has ever looked up the locations of these stores, you would notice a common thread....the GETTO. All of the shops that I have been to have been in poor, run-down neighborhoods. Oakland, Berkley, San Lorenzo...theres even one in Castro Valley. If you put one of these shops in our downtown, then its just a matter of time until the neighboring tennents move, the commercial values change, and the small section of shops start to loose its appeal ...and visitors. The people that happen to just "hang around" outside these shops are annoying and scary to some people, but just to make you feel better, there are always ARMED GUARDS working the doors as security. (just food for thought)- The Guards are often (pot head) friends of, and hired by the shops and the only requiremnet they have is to get licensed to carry a fire arm....thats ALL OF THEIR QUALIFICATIONS!

Just in case any of you people reading this think I'm full of IT... I have two personal friends that work as "doormen" at a shop in Oakland (the Embarcadero one), and the Berkely shop (on telegraph. I have had numerous friends that have recieved their cards (even recently)...
Usually I attack when I see sterotyping like this.... BUT in this case, it is actually true. These kind of shops should NOT be in Pleasanton.....
(but can I get one of these shops in Dublin ???)

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Posted by Angry
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Sep 18, 2009 at 10:56 pm


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