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Clarifying My Stance on Medical Marijuana

In no way does my new business item introduced this week halt any progress toward patients being able to get the medications they need.

In response to several comments I've been reading on Attleboro-Seekonk Patch, I would like to clarify and answer some of the questions that have been circulating regarding my stance on the medical marijuana dispensary issue.

Yes, I did vote in favor of Question 3 and I'm proud to be in touch with the majority of voters in Attleboro and Ward 4 on this issue. My compassion for the sick and the costly fight of an unwinnable battle over a medicine ultimately swayed my thought process on this question.

In no way does my new business item introduced this week halt any progress toward patients being able to get the medications they need, as has been suggested. The new business item basically says, "Let's implement this type of facility in our city's zoning ordinances and let's find a place to put it so it doesn't disrupt others." This is a very sensible approach to a sensitive matter.

This legislation is an attempt to head off and weed out the logistical problems first, so we can move forward. Of course there will be some compromises and controversies among residents and councilors along the way, but who would want it any other way? That's democracy.

The way I see the big picture is that medical marijuana dispensaries will be around for five to 10 years—a short-term entity if the current trend continues toward full legalization. If the federal government decides to decriminalize only for medical use, then the local pharmacies will get that business and knock out the dispensaries. If the federal government decides to decriminalize marijuana altogether, there will be no need for dispensaries, and we will be looking at other issues and new business proposals for an entirely different type of business.

I assure you I'll stay in front of this important issue. I can be contacted at jonathanforcitycouncil@gmail.com.

Jonathan Weydt is the Ward 4 representative on the Attleboro City Council.

paul December 22, 2012 at 11:34 AM
This should not be a sensitive issue for anyone, the voters have spoken. It has taken 75 years to get to this point (since 1937) and citizens don't want to see a lot of red tape and roadblocks thrown up. Jonathan, your last paragraph makes it sound like you have this whole thing already played out in your mind, and you are thinking too far ahead. So let me ask you, is historic Downtown Attleboro with all it's empty store fronts off limits to a dispensary? Is anywhere in the city going to cut it?
Kevin Sterling December 22, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Since people are so worried about people breaking the law because of being allowed to do something legally, why not require the dispensaries to be next door, directly across the street or catty-corner to the local police station? Better yet, put it in the police station lobby.
Emcee of Seekonk December 22, 2012 at 01:57 PM
"....put it in the police station lobby." Perfect !!! If a dispensary comes to Seekonk, I think we have room for it in our very ample safety complex.
Daniel F. Devine December 22, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Let's W E E D out the logistical problem first.
Gretchen Robinson December 22, 2012 at 08:13 PM
For some patients this is a matter of alleviating a great deal of suffering that is not helped by legal drugs. . For some patients, esp. those on chemo with severe nausea, marijuana can, literally, be a life saver. I hope we can lift the tone of this discussion and not make sport of this issue.
Weedbay Guy December 25, 2012 at 02:23 AM
There's a dispensary across the street from the cop shop in downtown Oakland. There's bigger issues than the local police. I doubt pharmacies put dispensaries out of business and that's not the task at hand.

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