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Island poll: Should Alameda ban pot clubs?

Submitted by on 1, May 3, 2010 – 4:50 am9 Comments

The City Council is set to consider approving a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries here on the Island at its meeting Tuesday night.

In January, the Planning Board voted against recommending such a ban, saying they wanted the city to work on an ordinance that allowed the clubs under certain, limited circumstances. But city staff have argued that the council needs to have something in place before the city’s existing moratorium on the clubs expires in June.

Staff have argued that while the state’s voters have okayed using marijuana as medicine, no state or federal law permitting the clubs exists. Meanwhile, they said they believe such clubs could be magnets for crime.

But proponents of the clubs say they want a safe place to get medicine that has helped them survive a host of grim ailments, and they believe Alameda could be home to such a place. (They also said the clubs could provide much-needed tax revenue to the city.)

What do you think? Let us know by answering our poll in the space below, and adding your thoughts to the comments section if you’ve got more to say. The poll will be open until 8 p.m. Tuesday, when the council will make its decision. Their meeting, by the way, is in council chambers at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, and it’ll be broadcast on cable channel 15.

Should Alameda ban medical marijuana dispensaries?

  • No, they should be permitted here (77%, 66 Votes)
  • Yes, we should ban them (23%, 20 Votes)

Total Voters: 86

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  • jb says:

    Should we ban the many outlets for beer, wine, and spirits that proliferate here? Are they not a magnet for drunken drivers and slovenly bums?

  • eselqueso says:

    If a dispensary is responsibly managed (Take Oakland’s Harborside Health Center as an example) then it should be as welcome here as any other well-run business, generating legal and substantial tax revenue for the City. If it is run like a magnet for crime like a back-alley corner store with drunks on it’s stoop, then it should be welcomed on that level.

  • Dennis Green says:

    As an end-stage renal failure patient on dialysis, I don’t use medical marijuana anymore, but when I did, I got great relief for pain and toxic discomfort. My generally libertarian leanings tell me that government should stay out of our lives when it comes to personal choices, and that prohibition never works anyway, so why bother? I understand, however, that many law enforcement people’s careers are dependent on the “War Against Some Drugs,” so I just hoping the November vote legalizes the stuff completely, and that the nation follows suit.


  • Keith Nealy says:

    Well it might have helped if the question had been proposed as: No, don’t allow them or Yes, permit them.

    Ordinarily a “no” means you don’t want something, and a yes means you do. The question, as presented, offers one a kind of double negative if you were to vote No you don’t not want them.

    I wonder if your results might have been different.

  • Miriam says:

    And how many of those who support allowing a place to sell medical marijuana would be okay with having one on their block? If not on your block, then on whose block?



  • Richard says:

    The issue of where they are located doesn’t come down to whose block it’s on. Rather, where should they be located so they’re not near schools or high vehicular/pedestrian traffic. I would say somewhere between Broadway and Park, and between Eagle and Blanding.

  • Brian Harris says:

    To Miriam: If they kept their store clean, and the professionally run, none at all.

  • Former Island Resident says:

    Tax it severely! Also, what are all the other chemicals inhaled when medical MJ is smoked?

  • I’m live tweeting tonight’s meeting. Go to Twitter.com and search “#alamedamtg” Fascinating discussion about ordinance, prohibition.

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