Regulating Pot Clubs

  Regulating Pot Clubs

Posted by CN Staff on May 24, 2005 at 07:19:07 PT
Source: San Francisco Chronicle  

San Francisco, Calif. -- The Response of most local governments to the 1996 passage of Proposition 215, which legalized medical marijuana in California, has been to look the other way and hope for the best. San Francisco is Exhibit A of the dangers of such a laissez-faire approach. The city is overrun with 43 dispensaries who, to put it charitably, approach the distribution of pot with varying levels of responsibility.
San Francisco is finally looking at ways to tighten its oversight of dispensaries. So is Alameda County, which now has seven. Alameda County's Board of Supervisors today is expected to consider regulations that would, among other things, impose a limit of five dispensaries and ensure that they do not open around schools, allow on-site consumption or cluster around each other. Snipped:Complete Article: San Francisco Chronicle (CA)Published:  Tuesday, May 24, 2005 - Page B - 6Copyright: 2005 San Francisco Chronicle Contact: letters sfchronicle.comWebsite: Related Articles & Web Site:Medicinal Cannabis Research Links Out Pot Clubs Proposes County-Run Pot Clinic Offers Plan To Regulate Pot Clubs 

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Comment #6 posted by afterburner on May 24, 2005 at 19:18:16 PT
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Under what authority does this vigilante Sheriff Charles Plummer propose to shut down the Alameda County medical marijuana dispensaries? He is sworn to enforce *California* law!
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on May 24, 2005 at 17:47:30 PT

Related Article on Cannabis Club
Alameda County Supervisors Put Breaks on Pot Club DecisionBy Guy Ashley, Contra Costa TimesTuesday, May 24, 2005OAKLAND - Alameda County supervisors today delayed passing a law to license medical marijuana dispensaries, despite threats by the county sheriff that he will move to shut down seven pot distribution points in the county if a law is not passed by mid-June.The Board of Supervisors postponed any action on a proposed dispensary law until at least June 7. That means the county will be bumping right up against a June 17 deadline set by Sheriff Charles Plummer because the law must survive two readings by the board before it takes effect.County Supervisor Nate Miley said he will ask Plummer to extend the 60-day deadline he set in mid-April to ease the time crunch.Miley said his colleagues needed more time to develop provisions of the proposed law, including the criteria that will be used to decide which operations are chosen to receive a county license.Currently, Alameda County is one of about 35 local jurisdictions in California that have passed temporary moratoriums on new dispensaries while they work on local ordinances to regulate the operations.Alameda County first passed its moratorium last October -- and has since extended it twice -- after six clubs moved into the unincorporated Ashland and Cherryland areas last year in the wake of new Oakland laws that reduced the number of dispensaries in the city from 12 to four.Local governments around the state are scrambling to adopt regulations to oversee the distribution of marijuana to people who are entitled to it under state Proposition 215, which made marijuana legal to grow and possess for medical needs.Today's decision to hold off on a county dispensary law disappointed many who attended an exhausting, four-hour hearing in which critics chided county supervisors for moving to cap the number of dispensaries in the unincorporated areas they govern.While a draft of the law suggests only five dispensaries be allowed, two supervisors today moved to lower the number to three.Kris Hermes, legal support coordinator for Americans for Safe Access, a medical marijuana advocacy group, said the limits being discussed are arbitrary, and not based on any examination of patient need. He said the limits would worsen loitering and other problems that have been associated with the seven dispensaries now operating in unincorporated areas between Hayward, San Leandro and Castro Valley."There are lines outside the dispensary facilities that create problems," Hermes said. "You're inviting that type of problem by arbitrarily capping the number of dispensaries."Other critics said the proposal would force the shut down of three dispensaries doing business on East 14th Street near San Leandro, because all three are within 1,000 feet of a nearby middle school. The proposed law sets a 1,000-foot buffer zone around all schools.
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on May 24, 2005 at 14:41:27 PT

These club problems baffle me. I guess I didn't know they were allowed under Prop 215 but I'm not from California so I just figure I don't know the details. I always thought the way WAMM works was fine and great but beyond that I don't know. I didn't think people could make money but contributions would be ok in my opinion. Give if you can but if you can't it still would be available.
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Comment #3 posted by runderwo on May 24, 2005 at 14:25:36 PT

"But some opponents say they want a tougher ordinance."Tougher on who/what? The patients? The suppliers? Or people who abuse the system to break already existing prohibition laws?
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Comment #2 posted by runderwo on May 24, 2005 at 14:23:58 PT

and anyway..
the dispensaries have repeatedly stated that they welcome regulation of this sort. How are you supposed to follow the rules if you don't know what they are?
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on May 24, 2005 at 12:31:38 PT

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Marijuana May Be Dispensed At San Leandro HospitalMay 24, 2005Alameda County supervisors are expected to vote as soon as Tuesday on a plan to open a medical marijuana dispensary at the Fairmont Hospital in San Leandro.Supporters say it would legitimize medical marijuana distribution and would address community concerns about dispensaries in their neighborhoods.But some opponents say they want a tougher ordinance. If approved, Alameda County would be the first in the nation to run its own medical marijuana clinic. Copyright: 2005 by NBC11.com

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