Pubdate: Sat, 27 Mar 2010
Source: Napa Valley Register (CA)
Copyright: 2010 Lee Enterprises
Author: Jim Hilsabeck


Dear editor, Regarding the article on the front page of  the Register,
March 18: "Medical pot advocates attack  city proposal" let me assuage
the mayor's concern that  Napa might become the focus of Bay Area
residents  seeking medical marijuana.

Here's a partial listing of nearby dispensaries: San  Francisco, San
Mateo, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Richmond,  Berkeley, Castro Valley, Contra
Costa, Hayward and  Modesto. Why would you go out of your way to come
here  unless it was for the wine?

Marijuana is not a lethal drug; it is a mild  euphoriant. Be concerned
about what's in medicine  cabinets; that's where the abuse begins.
Oxycodone,  also known as hillbilly heroine, Vicodin, diet pills --
these are easily accessible and will kill you.

Do liquor stores have special zoning? Liquor kills  thousands of
people every year. What about drug stores?

Nobody has ever died from smoking too much pot. People  have died
because of cannabis, but they were killed by  drug cartels or the Drug
Enforcement Administration.

How does the planning commission decide who gets this  dispensary
license? If it's anything less than a  lottery, we will all wonder who
paid whom to receive  this little moneymaker.

If you want to keep people from St. Helena or Calistoga  from visiting
the dispensary, talk to their city  council members. Don't forget,
these tax dollars add  up. Napans could benefit.

Jim Hilsabeck  Napa 
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