Marijuana in the City

Concerning the so-called “medical marijuana store” our City Planning Commission just approved in the Ontare Plaza: The sale and distribution of marijuana is a federal crime, subject to property attachment, jail, and penalties. The sale and distribution of a drug not approved by the FDA to be used for medical purposes is also a federal crime. The claimed “medical problems” can be resolved by FDA-approved drugs and by medical treatment.

Does the City Council consent to the City Planning Commissions actions, and if so, do the councilmembers accept full liability as to “illegality” on behalf of the city and its citizens and taxpayers? Do the owners and tenants of Ontare Center desire and accept liability respecting an illegal enterprise as a tenant? Does the city fully comprehend our present city drug problem?

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