Medical Marijuana: Should It Be Sold in Poway?

Powegians speak out on the possibility of a medical marijuana dispensary opening locally.

A common slogan heard in today's world in light of the recession is "Shop Local." But would Powegians want to shop locally for medical marijuana?

Public comments were few at the , where leaders unanimously adopted an ordinance to temporarily prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries, collectives and cooperatives until a land use study is completed. So Patch decided to hit Poway and Pomerado roads in search of more opinions.

Though city staffers have 45 days to complete a study and that deadline could be extended upward to two years, the possibility of a business offering medical marijuana in Poway is very real.

In response to a July 5 Public Records Act request that asked for "correspondence among city employees and leaders regarding medical marijuana or medical marijuana dispensaries, cooperatives and collectives, in the last seven business days," the city released three pages, including the pages of the ordinance adopted by the council at its July 6 meeting.

The thee pages showed that Daniel Lutz applied to open a medical marijuana dispensary in April (see attached PDF).

More than 10 people answered Patch's question about whether Poway should welcome a medical marijuana dispensary, and answers ranged from "absolutely not" to why not?" Some took a more personal approach, citing a friend or a child with cancer who could benefit or has benefited from medical marijuana.

Check out the video for more and tell us what you think in the comments section or on Facebook.

Ned July 14, 2011 at 11:14 AM
Hard liquor sold in the valley and the taxpayer funded war industry on the hill...but medical marijuana for sick people...OMG!!!!! Grow up Poway.
Hoa Quách July 14, 2011 at 02:50 PM
Thanks, Chris. Yes, you're correct: http://votejefflake.com/ http://lakeapc.com/meettheattorneys/jeffreyalake.html However, the main attorney on this case is Jessica McElfresh.
Chuck March July 14, 2011 at 05:40 PM
If 90% of the clinic busts didn't find fraud and heathy people with cards (minors too with no problems) there wouldn't be an issue, would there? It's all a money grabbing ruse in most cases. Or an attempt to become a legitimate doper. I have no desire to put MORE impaired drivers on my street!
David Swierczynski July 18, 2011 at 05:58 AM
Absolutely. Marijuana is a healthy alternative to prescription drugs like opiates that turn ordinary people into dope fiends.
Ned September 22, 2011 at 03:16 PM
Rand study finds less crime near pot dispensaries http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0928-marijuana-dispensaries-20110921,0,7776989.story ---


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