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POLL: Pot Clubs in Palo Alto?

Should Palo Alto reverse its standing on medical marijuana dispensaries and allow three pot clubs to open?

A to allow three medical marijuana dispensaries to open may soon be sent to Palo Alto voters.

The measure, backed by Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Thomas Moore, gathered 4,859 valid signatures, according to the Santa Clara Country Registrar.

If passed, three new sections would be added to the municipal code, including a four percent tax on sales, and another that would “as soon as practicable following the operative date of this ordinance, issue three (3) medical marijuana dispensary permits.”

The dispensaries would be non-profit organizations and would adhere to the following restrictions:

  • No dispensary permitted within 150 feet of any residential zone;
  • No dispensary permitted within 600 feet of any public or private school;and
  • No dispensary permitted within 500 feet of any public library, public park, licensed day care center, or substance abuse rehabilitation center.

How to you weigh in?

Jeffrey Kolence October 04, 2011 at 10:23 PM
I think this plan should be OK as long as people are not allowed to smoke in public places, or where kids can see them smoking. Also I think people should be required to keep there "stuff" in a safe just like gun owners are required to do.
ian butler October 05, 2011 at 03:12 AM
Jeffrey, Guns, tobacco, alcohol and prescription drugs each kill thousands of people every year, but there has never been a documented death from marijuana. It doesn't need a safe, because it is safe.
Brash Brazen October 05, 2011 at 05:23 PM
The Palo Alto City Council are a bunch of clueless posers who only have the public good in mind when it suits their personal agendas. This measure which has overwhelming support should be implemented now.City leaders are blocking legal access to medicine (as defined by state law) to qualified patients Cold,heartless,uncaring,stubborn,stupid,hypocritical & condescending are just a few of the of the nicer terms that describe these obstructionists. Putting the measure on the ballot rather than implementing it immediately is just another stalling tactic. Then they can tell their friends over cocktails how they tried to keep marijuana out of town,but that they failed. This whole matter would be as laughable as these buffoons if it weren't a matter of public health. These politicians are as qualified to be city leaders as much as they are to diagnose the needs of the infirm. These self-righteous simpletons should be ashamed of themselves & each & everyone should personally apologize to every patient in town. The last time I remember politicians behaving like this George Wallace was blocking the schoolhouse doors trying to keep black kids out. Apparently the only qualifications necessary to get elected are being a resident & having a pulse. If this issue is in anyway typical of their decision making process the people of Palo Alto are being shortchanged. Remove them from office before they get elected to a higher office where they can infringe upon the rights of even more citizens.
Jeffrey Kolence October 05, 2011 at 07:26 PM
to: Brash Brazen I get the feeling that you feel really strongly about this issue. You might try smoking something to calm you down a bit. (Just joking)
Summer Hemphill February 14, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Medicinal marijuana dispensaries supported by vast majority of Palo Alto Voters !!!
Aaron Selverston February 14, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Nearly 4,000 votes on this poll! This will definitely become a hot-button issue heading into election season. I still have yet to see any comments opposing medical marijuana dispensaries, though. Is *everyone* in favor? I want to hear other folks weigh in.
Brash Brazen February 15, 2012 at 05:55 AM
Stanford students & the Hoover Institute are in favor of total legalization of marijuana in California this year ! Congress allowed Washington D.C. voters to legalize medicinal marijuana undermining federal laws to the contrary under the equal protection clause. In other words if they allowed them to vote for medicinal marijuana in D.C. the federal government can't deny that right to voters elsewhere,it's de facto approval ! You can't be prosecuted for something the federal government has given its tacit approval too. There is absolutely no reason at this point not to implement this measure now as people are suffering on a daily basis due to the cities unnecessary stalling tactics. Do the right thing & set the groundwork for dealing with statewide legalization in November !!!

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