There has been a lot of jovial humor about the medical-marijuana dispensaries opening in Durango. But while the idea might be easy to joke about, it is not a laughing matter.
After raiding dispensaries and finding large amounts of cash and weapons, San Diego's police chief said, "It appears these so-called marijuana dispensaries are nothing more than for-profit storefront drug dealing operations run by drug dealers hiding behind the state's medical-marijuana law."
The residents of Durango need to consider what this is going to bring to their community. The answer is unregulated drug dealers, blocks away from our schools. Already you see these "entrepreneurs" moving here to open up their outlets for medical marijuana, bringing doctors into town to approve patients for chronic pain. Then they can sell their marijuana in candy, chocolate, cake, etc.
Marijuana usually is smoked, but how will teachers or employers know what sweet treat is laced with marijuana? Who is to control the candy or muffins from falling into the hands of our youth or operators on our roads? If marijuana is such good medicine, why isn't it approved by the Food and Drug Administration, manufactured by a regulated drug company, prescribed by local doctors and distributed at a pharmacy with warnings like all the other medicine?
Is this what Durango wants within walking distance to our schools? Is this the message we want to promote in our community, to our kids, employees and "gangstaprenuers"?
Michal Dunn, Durango