Editorial: Disapproval Not Enough Reason To Ban Dispensaries – Press Enterprise

The evidence on this, including research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, suggests that they are not, in aggregate, associated with increased crime. Specific public safety issues cited by the city in years past, including its ban on mobile medical marijuana delivery services, have centered on claims that marijuana dispensers can be robbed and that children can accidentally ingest marijuana. It is possible that those engaged in the grey-market and black-market marijuana dispensation are at higher risk of crime and that bringing the businesses above ground may reduce the likelihood of victimization. Drug dealers usually dont call the cops. There is also the argument that, with a greater public access to marijuana, small children will have more opportunities to harm themselves by ingesting the drug, an argument made by the city in years past. Of course, the presence of guns and swimming pools, both legal, also are associated with many accidental deaths. Banning those things, and countless others, could be rationalized on the basis of a potential risk to children. It may be that marijuana dispensaries are simply undesirable businesses, from the perspective of city officials and even other types of businesses. With the city having spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in pursuit of prohibition, and no clear threat demonstrated to public safety, simple disapproval seems a low standard for such a costly endeavor. WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Letters to the Editor: E-mail to letters@pe.com . Please provide your name, city and telephone number (telephone numbers will not be published).
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