While officials in San Jose and other California cities consider how best to regulate marijuana dispensaries, most who responded to an online survey backed letting them operate without restriction.
About 50 percent of those who took the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Pulse survey between Jan. 26 and Feb. 2 backed that position, while 23 percent said they should all be shut down. Nineteen percent said they should only be allowed at a few locations.
California in 1996 became the first state to legalize medical marijuana use, but it is illegal under federal law. Despite that, the U.S. attorney general last year said that federal agents wouldn't pursue those following the state's pot laws.
Reader Don Laskin said, "Drugs, gambling and prostitution should all be legal. Their being illegal costs billions that could be put to better use fighting real crime (murder, robbery, etc.) and is the height of hypocrisy (enough money in the bank and a person can do all those things without fear)."
San Jose City Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio backed allowing dispensaries in a "limited number, in limited places, regulated and taxed."
Reader Mike Monroe, on the other hand, said, "Dispensaries should be heavily regulated and run by the state which should collect a modest tax. All private entities should be closed."
Reader Robert Barry sees the need for medical marijuana, but believes it needs to be monitored: "I am not in favor of "without restrictions." I am in favor of selling marijuana for medical purposes. There has to be some limitation and monitoring. But people need this stuff for pain and I am all for that."
February 3, 2010
San Jose Business Journal