Marijuana dispensaries smoked out by Planning Commission


At its Tuesday meeting, Danville's Planning Commission recommended that the Town Council approve a permanent ban on medical marijuana dispensaries. The permanent ban is a follow up to a 45-day moratorium on medical marijuana distributors adopted in October 2009 and extended twice since.

While the commission was not reacting to an application to open a dispensary, Commission Member Robert Combs said the town is "trying to get in front" of future inquiries.

"We want to have things in Danville that make sense for Danville residents," he said. Combs added that cities with dispensaries tend to have higher crime rates.

The moratorium was put into place after potential operators of dispensaries contacted the town several years ago. Storefront operations around the state now sell everything from raw marijuana to cannabis-laced cookies and lollipops.

A staff report notes that conflicts remain between state law, which allows marijuana for medical uses, and federal law, which doesn't recognize the difference between legal medical marijuana and recreationally used pot.

"We're a pretty small town. We have a limited number of resources and we think this is the best way to regulate it," said Mayor Karen Stepper told the Express last month.

The recommended ban will now move on to the Town Council, which will discuss a permanent action at its Sept. 6 meeting. Assuming the ban moves forward, the council would hold a second reading and possibly adopt the ordinance on Sept. 20. The permanent ban would go into effect 30 days later.

If approved, a stipulation in the town's zoning documents would expressly forbid opening a dispensary within town limits, City Attorney Rob Ewing said. Ewing noted that he hasn't heard any opposition to a permanent ban.

Reporter Glenn Wohltmann contributed to this story.

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Posted by Ralph N. Shirlet
a resident of another community
on Aug 17, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Dear Editor,

Alamo is such a county community some would say its country. It seems the opportunity for such dispensaries lies just north of Danville. Let us all sing:

She hides in an attic concealed on a shelf
Behind volumes of literature based on herself
And runs across the pages like some tiny elf
Knowing that it's hard to find
Stuff way back in her mind,
Winds up spending all of her time
Trying to memorize every line
Sweet Lorraine, ah, sweet Lorraine.

Of Ralph revisiting

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Posted by JRM
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Aug 17, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Again....Hal...are you still in possesion of a valid driving licence?

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Posted by Jessica Lipsky
a resident of Alamo
on Aug 18, 2011 at 11:04 am


I'm just curious if you really think a dispensary would go over well in Alamo. While I imagine more than a handful of residents smoke marijuana recreationally, and many more do for medical reasons, I'll bet you dollars to munchies-induced donuts that a dispensary would be considered an affront to "fine country living."

Jessica Lipsky

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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Aug 18, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Bring it to Alamo...we can us a little fun and laughs in our lives.

JRM...back off Hal, if you had half his intelligence, you would be something.

Thank you for listening, Julia Pardini from beautiful Alamo

PS...I also think Alamo is ready for care-giving to the medical needs of folks suffering from cancer. Unless you have will never, never know. So be careful of your loose comments

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Posted by [smiling]
a resident of another community
on Aug 18, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Dear Jessica,

The humor in response to this story was caused by neighborhoods reacting to the actions of Danville to effect planning to eliminate any chance of a dispensary. As Ralph, I simply recalled my days in the US Army Viet Nam when "not so sweet Martha Lorraine" was more common than GIN and Whiskey among the troops. My humor was sardonic and simply meant for your entertainment.

In Alamo, it is far more likely we would have a dispensary than a Wal-Mart. It is a simple reality that the vacancy in Alamo is more related to the more public community group members only wanting local businesses in our "downtown" which accounts for the high level of vacancies. Even Peet's was a stretch as a new store and likely community groups have still not come to terms with Taco Bell and Subway.

Ah, but who knows? Would anyone in Alamo believe that we would have an industrial solar power generation station in our village?

Simply smile, Martha will remain in the attic concealed on a shelf while I search for Ralph's driver's license.

As Ralph, soberly smiling

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Posted by JoeDaWg
a resident of Danville
on Aug 18, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Who cares, dispensary or no dispensary people are going to smoke it just the same. It's 100% safe, the laws are 100% a joke, and until the old farts with the retarded "reefer madness" mindset finally kick the bucket, we will all continue to have to put up with this lame song and dance routine. Weed has been here for thousands of years, it's not going anywhere.

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Posted by Julia_is_Hal's_wife
a resident of Alamo
on Aug 18, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Thank you!

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Posted by [clalify]
a resident of another community
on Aug 18, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Dear Dolores,

As you quite well know my wife's name and her relationship in your circle of friends, it must be clarified that I do not know Julia personally or are we more than Alamo neighbors. Understand that I cannot stop resident counsel from filing complaints with authorities for such defamation and incrimination.

Julia and I agree to agree and disagree as participants in EMCEB forums, with respect, and I would enjoy meeting her. But that has not happened.

Another complaint to authorities was submitted based on this exchange.

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Posted by Maurice chin
a resident of Danville
on Aug 22, 2011 at 9:22 am

Great let's put one in Alamo. Not Downtown Danville. Good job planning Commission and Mayor Stepper way to reflect the values of our community...

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