Island poll: Should Alameda ban pot clubs?
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