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Neighbors: North Capitol Is Too Dangerous For A Weed Dispensary

The Bates Area Civic Association is opposing a proposed medical marijuana dispensary on North Capitol and O streets NW. Most noteworthy in the submission is this bit:

[...] addition to medical marijuana dispensary at close proximity to the existing services on the North Capitol Street corridor would jeopardize the safety of the clients in need of medical marijuana and would most likely contribute to on an increase in violent crimes and property crimes [...]

What this means: The association thinks the neighborhood is simply too dangerous for a weed dispensary.

And crime isn't exactly infrequent on that stretch of North Capitol, as the BACA points out in its letter. But planned security measures at dispensaries would seem to address most fears. They have, after all, surveillance cameras, safes, and panic buttons.

But BACA President Geovani Bonilla says those measures mostly protect the weed and the workers—not the people heading in and out of the facility.

"Medical marijuana is not covered by health insurance, so it is a cash business," Bonilla says. "You have a medically fragile population coming in with $300 in cash to buy an ounce of marijuana." He notes that people in advanced stages of cancer, HIV/AIDS, and glaucoma are easy targets for the criminally inclined.

Still, Bonilla says he understands that there need to be dispensaries in Ward 5. And to that end, he's advocating to have them placed at medical facilities like Providence Hospital or Washington Hospital Center. "If [a dispensary] is a medical facility, then a medical office building is a more ideal scenario."

Photo by erissiva via Flickr/Creative Commons Attribution Generic 2.0 license.

 

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  • noodlez

    I'M AGAINST IT UNLESS THEY HIRE LOCAL PEDDLERS THAT THEY ARE GOING TO PUT OUT OF BUSINESS WITH THE LEGAL FRONT! IF THEY DON'T WATCH VIOLENT CRIME SPIKE.

    I'M SHAKIN' MY HEAD BECAUSE BATES STREET ABOUT 30 YRS AGO WAS AN OPEN AIR DRUG MARKET, NOW IT IS A CLIENTELE BASED DRUG MARKET SOON TO BE AN EXCLUSIVE DRUG MARKET.

  • Typical DC BS

    I will volunteer to drive the medically-challenged legal weed buyers if they offer to share.

  • er

    would the location of a cookie bakery at close proximity to the existing services on the North Capitol Street corridor jeopardize the safety of the clients in need of a sweet tooth fix?

    how about a bar?

    if it's not safe enough for medical purposes, is north capitol safe for anything?

  • The Java Master

    This will do nothing to legitimize the essential criminal nature of most pot production and importation into the country. We legalized, regulate and tax alchohol production and sales, and we still have criminals running tax stamp scams amd making moonshine We legalize, regulate and tax the production anbd sale of dangerous prescription drugs, yet we still have illegal drug use and abuse of the legal counterparts.
    Will any of the dispensaries have personnel with genuine pharmaceutical training, as regular pharmarcies do? This is such a sham and a joke....

  • real medicine

    I'm all for medical marijuana, but treat it as a medicine. Look at the q/c process a 'real' medicine has to go through. Reproducable batches, etc. If I buy namebrand vs generic, I get the same medicine, same dosage, etc. My parmacist doesn't try and sell me on the difference between Granddaddy purple and Grape Ape which I'm sure vary wildly in chemical composition.

  • TruxtonRes

    This is totally false. It is like any other legal business. In fact, City Ventures explained at the neighborhood meeting that most people pay with credit cards.

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