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June 5, 2017

Going to pot

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:05 am

Currently the state of the medical marijuana in Alameda is that you can grow it yourself if you are a qualified patient, but pot clubs and commercial cultivation is banned.

A group in Alameda is looking to have the City Council change that via a Council Referral by Trish Spencer.  This has been priority ranked by Trish Spencer as “important and urgent” the same ranking she gave to a straws on request Council Referral.  From the referral:

Ask Council to give staff direction to propose regulations to authorize convenient and safe cannabis businesses in Alameda including dispensaries, cultivation, manufacturing, purity and potency testing labs and quality control facilities, and other activities associated with the medicinal cannabis activities now legally permitted in California, including temporary licenses for recreational cannabis businesses. The proposed regulations should consider:

1. Preferences for owner/operators who currently live in Alameda and have done so for at least three years;
2. Conditional zoning regulations (i.e., not within 600 feet of public and private schools) and potential appropriate locations (e.g., Alameda Point or other business districts); and,
3. Limiting the number of dispensaries and/or places/businesses where people can use cannabis products.

Currently, Alamedans must travel out of town to purchase cannabis which can be challenging and inconvenient for those with medical conditions.

I was pretty torn on this issue years ago when the Purple Elephant surreptitiously opened on Webster Street about the general idea of marijuana dispensaries in the City.  Of course the Purple Elephant opened under false pretenses so deserved to be shut down but the larger discussion of pot clubs in Alameda is definitely a difficult one.

This is a highly complex issue, it definitely won’t get decided in one night.  It will be interesting to see if the other City Council members determine that this is an issue of pressing need that they want to prioritize over all the other outstanding Council Referral issues.


  1. The city has scores of liquor licenses & cheerfully promotes alcohol production on Spirits Alley. It’s difficult to make a case for shunning marijuana.

    Comment by dave — June 5, 2017 @ 6:33 am

    • Yeah. Great analogy. No one in Alameda has to leave town to get their “medical alcohol”, dave. Some liquor vendors even deliver to your home.

      Comment by vigi — June 5, 2017 @ 8:59 am

  2. You just can’t make this stuff up. The lunacy continues on the Island. Tick, tock people…

    Comment by Il Cane di Ferro — June 5, 2017 @ 8:17 am

    • Yeah, the mayor seems to put pot high on her agenda. What’s up with that? Tick, tock indeed, old man.

      Comment by BC — June 5, 2017 @ 9:07 am

  3. Bring ’em back…

    Comment by jack — June 5, 2017 @ 8:21 am

  4. Lauren, can you list all of the council referrals and let us have a “straw” vote on them.?? or are there to many to list.

    Comment by JohnP,trumpisnotmypresident. — June 5, 2017 @ 8:32 am

  5. close and convenient. .

    I got a card last year when I ruptured a disc in my back. What a creepy process.

    CBD is a cannabinoid which doesn’t get you high but is good for pain. It used to be an extract, but now they have an developed an actual plant. It kind of does get you high, but without all paranoia some people feel. It’s sneaky.

    A club at the Point or in Marina Village would make sense, but Harborside delivers. The article on their web site about Jeff Sessions anti-marijuana stance is interesting.

    Trish is a cancer survivor. Maybe she has first hand experience. Medical marijuana is legit.

    Comment by MI — June 5, 2017 @ 4:35 pm

  6. This is not a complex issue. Marijuana is an agricultural product. It should be sold at Farmer’s Markets.

    Comment by Gerard L. — June 5, 2017 @ 9:53 pm

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