Fewer medical marijuana dispensaries would lead to fewer pot gardens and a decrease in crime, or so the argument goes. Agree?

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors are debating that right now. Follow the discussion live online. They are considering whether to limit the number of dispensaries in unincorporated areas of the county.

Staff Writer Brett Wilkison broke down the discussion in today’s paper.


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  1. Bonnie L. Kreger

    I am in favor of reining in the dispenseries 100%. I am told that less than 1% of 1% of customers of the dispensaries are actually buying pot for legitimate medical use. Smoking pot dulls the senses. Therefore why have people walking around in a cloud when they could be productive helpers of mankind.

    by the way, I would like to know why I cannot raise hemp on my 40 acres in Sonoma County. That would promote a useful and green industry.

    Thank you, Bonnie Kreger

    October 25th, 2011 6:34 pm

  2. robert

    “why have people walking around in a cloud when they could be productive helpers of mankind.”

    then why have people smoke cigarettes? why have people drink alcohol? these drugs are far more harmful to the body.

    using a relatively benign substance such as marijuana, whether one needs it for medicinal reasons or not, has no correlation with whether one is a “productive helper of mankind.” i would argue the opposite, that those who do not use marijuana contribute far more to the problems in this country than those who do.

    yes, there is crime related to the trade of the drug, but far less than than crimes perpetrated by those under the influence of alcohol. unfortunately, the media sensationalizes crime related to marijuana, often blowing it out of proportion.

    furthermore, marijuana does not dull the senses but ENHANCES them, significantly. music sounds better, food tastes better, sex feels better…i bet most marijuana users would agree with me.

    restricting the numbers of dispensaries is not the answer. why is there not an outcry to restrict the number of liquor stores?

    and why can’t you raise hemp? because of this countries ludicrous “war on drugs”….which is not a war on drugs at all but on drug users. also, hemp is a far superior to many of the products pedaled by corporate america, & it pays them to keep it illegal.

    October 25th, 2011 8:54 pm

  3. D. Jones

    I am very sorry I voted for legalization of medical marijuana. I didn’t realize it would be so abused. It has not lowered the crime rate – here, right around my home, it has increased. I live in a rural area of Mendocino County, there have been several violent crimes within 3 miles of my home. In two of those cases, the victims were severly beaten, one was in a coma over a year. Many burglaries in the area involve break ins, and violence in search of marijuana.

    I realize I am not a Sonoma County resident, but I hope Sonoma County can curb the dispensaries. And that Mendocino will follow.

    D. Jones

    October 25th, 2011 11:16 pm

  4. Bill Prange

    I am a licensed acupuncturist in Sebastopol. Seriously, many of my patients have reduced their dependence on addictive opiate medications through the use of medical marijuana. In addition, other patients have reduced dependency on prescriptive sleep and anti-nausea medications through the use of medical marijuana. Although marijuana can become psychologically addictive, it does not cause physical addiction and, I believe, its medical use should be promoted. Local dispensaries reduce exposure to uncertain methods of purchase and cultivation, and are essential for patients needing quality product.

    October 26th, 2011 11:26 am

  5. Feel Better, Not High

    I have done the same type of reduction of opiates with the addition of medicinal marijuana that Bill Prange wrote about to help curb some of the chronic pain that I suffer from. I feel that I was worse off before the reduction of the opiates. I worked with my doctor to lower the amount of pain medication that was giving me all sorts of side effects. I would not buy marijuana anywhere other than a dispensary as I can have peace of mind knowing that the medication usually has been tested and is clear of the maladies that can come from the illegal grows. I go to three dispensaries so that I can get different strains that have the pain relieving properties, calming effects, and even almost sedating properties to help with the stress of having chronic pain that is very much a part of my daily life.

    October 26th, 2011 7:10 pm

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