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 +*'''Marijuana is natural; dispensaries should be allowed.''' Cedaredge Town Council Trustee Nancy Sturgill said in 2009: "This [marijuana] is a very natural product, said Sturgill, and I don’t feel confident in denying Cedaredge residents access at this point.”[http://www.deltacountyindependent.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=15774:cedaredge-delays-next-debate-on-pot-dispensaries&catid=36:sc&Itemid=346]
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 +*'''[[Argument: Medical marijuana dispensaries are professional institutions| Medical marijuana dispensaries are professional institutions]]''' [http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/24/us/24pot.html Jesse McKinley. "Don’t Call It ‘Pot’ in This Circle; It’s a Profession." NYTimes. April 23, 2010]: "Like hip-hop, health food and snowboarding, marijuana is going corporate. As more and more states allow medical use of the drug, and California considers outright legalization, marijuana’s supporters are pushing hard to burnish the image of pot by franchising dispensaries and building brands; establishing consulting, lobbying and law firms; setting up trade shows and a seminar circuit; and constructing a range of other marijuana-related businesses."
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Are medical marijuana dispensaries a good idea?

Background and context

Industry: Should the medical marijuana industry be encouraged?

Pro

  • Marijuana is natural; dispensaries should be allowed. Cedaredge Town Council Trustee Nancy Sturgill said in 2009: "This [marijuana] is a very natural product, said Sturgill, and I don’t feel confident in denying Cedaredge residents access at this point.”[1]


Con

Crime: Is crime outside of dispensaries manageable?

Pro

  • Crime outside of dispensaries no different then outside banks. Cumberland County Sheriff Mark Dion joined the Maine Civil Liberties Union, said on June 17th of 2010: "Medical marijuana is a public health issue, it's not a law enforcement problem. The data from California suggests that the risk of crime outside a dispensary is no greater than what we'd experience at a bank. So I think we should just move forward and exercise the common sense that the voters have demonstrated in repeated votes on this measure."[2]


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Economics: Are these dispensaries economical?

Pro

  • Marijuana dispensaries will create jobs. Aaron Randle is tending to his new shop, Sunnyside Alternative Medicine: "There's a lot of jobs created because of medical marijuana. You have employees that work at the dispensaries, then you have vendors that are getting paid. ... Real estate is booming right now. Warehouses are getting rented out for grow operations."[3]


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