Council Looks to Talk About Potential Medical Marijuana Stores

November 1, 2012
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Council President Leo Robinson has some serious concerns if the Question 3 Medical Marijuana bill passes in the Nov. 6th election, and those concerns revolve around the possibility of having numerous marijuana dispensary stores pop up throughout the City’s business districts.

At Monday’s Council Meeting, Robinson called for a meeting with the Council’s Rules and Ordinance Committee to discuss what might happen on Broadway and other areas if Question 3 passes next week.

“I did ask for a meeting so we can explore what possibilities we would have in regulating any stores popping up here after the law goes into effect, or even any growers that would get the right to grow it here,” he said. “I’m just trying to get out in front of this and have real conversations and discussions about it before anything starts happening.”

Robinson’s proposal to the Committee looks at banning or regulating the locations where a so-called marijuana dispensary could locate. The last thing, he said, anyone wants is a store selling marijuana right in the middle of the traditional business district where families and children come and go all the time.

Such concerns have been validated in California, where the medical marijuana law has led to the huge propagation of storefronts selling marijuana to those with a prescription, and many times those storefronts in California have come to be disproportionately located in low-income communities similar to Chelsea.

Critics of the law in California have contended that medical marijuana has been overprescribed and that has led to more demand for the dispensary stores and for more state-certified growers.

The same has been the case in Colorado.

The Question 3 bill in Massachusetts would allow medical marijuana prescriptions for conditions as serious as cancer, and as common as glaucoma.

Robinson said if there were a lot of people with prescriptions in the area, that might lead to a need for numerous stores – which could really change the character of the business district.

“The Department of Public Health has not set up any regulations or guidelines to address this,” he said. “It would take them a year or two to put those kinds of things in place if this passes. Even without anything in place, if this passes, then we could have a lot of people showing up with medical marijuana in our City…You don’t want to suddenly end up with everyone selling it and with people carrying cards to have it. That would only create another problem for our police department to have to deal with.”

  • Roberto Torres

    Leo, I love you and all, I’ve known you my entire life, but this shouldn’t be a big deal. Pot is sold on the streets no matter what. Look at liquor stores all over the place, alcohol causes more problems and that’s a fact. The city will profit off the taxes produced from these dispensaries. Vote no and watch all that money stay in the pockets of street level dealers.

  • joeyrockx

    Validated my ass. The people of Colorado and California OVERWHELMINGLY support medical marijuana, it has been a blessing. If you don’t want dispensarys people will just grow their own. I’m always amused when morons talk about cannabis as if it is toxic waste or something. It is an amazing plant that just happens to be the only nontoxic medication on earth. Lets pray it passes.

  • Henry Hulse

    Mr. Robinson, at this moment could you tell me where in Chelsea one can’t buy illegal drugs?


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