The Daily Post today – Editor says NO on Palo Alto medical marijuana initiative

Daily Post Editor Dave Price

Why?  “Cities that have allowed medical marijuana clinics have seen an increase in crime around those businesses. Customers are robbed and the shops are held up. Pot clubs aren’t about helping people with serious diseases. They sell drugs for recreational use. This is a headache our community doesn’t need. ”

The problem we see with Mr. Price’s assessment of alleged facts on associated crimes linked to medical marijuana clinics is that he provides none.  Leaving his readers to be misled believing otherwise.  We feel this is irresponsible journalism.

However, there are key attributes to crime but the data is inconclusive. We suggest you do your homework becoming well informed before jumping to conclusions as the Daily Post has done.

1. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs: Exploring the Ecological Association Between Crime and Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

2. Public Policy Polling finds a majority of voters in Washington support a marijuana legalization measure that will appear on the state ballot on Election Day.”

2 Replies to “The Daily Post today – Editor says NO on Palo Alto medical marijuana initiative”

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    Cities that have allowed alcohol sales, pubs and sports bars have seen an increase in crime around those businesses. Customers are robbed and the convenience stores are held up. Sports Bars and pubs aren’t about helping people with serious diseases. They sell drugs, alcohol, for recreational use. This is a headache our community doesn’t need.

  2. To Palo Alto Free Press:

    Thank you for your response to this irresponsible editorial in The Palo Alto Daily Post. I checked out the article you posted a link to: http://www.jsad.com/jsad/article/Exploring_the_Ecological_Association_Between_Crime_and_Medical_Marijuana_Di/4705.html

    It got a very different result from the one Mr. Price talks about. That study found NO increase in crime associated with marijuana dispensaries.

    It would be interesting to compare those results to the results of whatever study or studies Mr. Price has as his references.

    Unfortunately, Mr. Price mentions no such references. Perhaps he’s relying on viewing of Reefer Madness, which seems to be the source of many people’s negative attitudes toward marijuana.

    And I’m very sorry to read Mr. Price’s dismissal of all medical marijuana dispensaries: “Pot clubs aren’t about helping people with serious diseases.”

    As Mr. Ciampi points out, liquor stores and sports bars aren’t about helping people with serious diseases but they’re not denied a chance to do business.

    It’s too bad Mr. Price has no knowledge of the people who suffer and die for lack of access to marijuana. I hope he never develops cancer, MS, Parkinson’s, seizures, depression, anxiety, PTSD, or any of the other myriad ailments cannabis is so uniquely useful for. But if does contract one of these dread diseases, I hope there is a dispensary what is open for him to acquire the healing that many find from cannabis.

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