Pubdate: Mon, 21 Mar 2011 Source: Record, The (Stockton, CA) Copyright: 2011 The Record Contact: http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=A_OPINION05 Website: http://www.recordnet.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/428 Author: Paul DeValle DON'T CLUSTER DISPENSARIES Cancer and glaucoma must not be equal-opportunity destroyers, because the suggested locations for the Stockton marijuana dispensaries all seem to discriminate against being placed in wealthier neighborhoods. Or could it be that those neighborhoods don't want them and have the clout to keep them out? Instead, the three proposed sites are in poorer neighborhoods, two of which are quite close to each other. These neighborhoods also house narcotics and alcohol-abuse centers. How considerate to place the dispensaries close to those struggling to overcome addictions. If they are tempted to return to old habits, they don't have far to go. To top it off, these locations are on main arteries for people coming into town off Highway 99 or Interstate 5 to the arena and ballpark. That will send a message that Stockton is someplace special, won't it? City Council members: Central, south and east Stockton may not have financial muscle, but we have long memories, and we vote. Paul DeValle Stockton - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.