Local TV stations, the radio and Internet are all abuzz with the latest news regarding the legal sale of Marijuana through dispensaries.
Channel 10News: “Company hopes to bring 30 marijuana-dispensing machines to San Diego.”
KGTV-TV: “City Council is scheduled to consider an ordinance in the next few weeks that would permit the machines.”
“I think the key is for patients to get their medicine safely and securely, and if this is a means for them to do that, then by all means, that’s wonderful,” stated Eugene Davidovich, a medical marijuana advocate with Americans for Safe Access, told ABC10.
The medical marijuana dispensaries that were shut down during the 2011 crackdown could soon reappear, along with the high-tech help of Bruce Bedrick, CEO of Medbox. Mr. Bedrick’s armor-coated dispensing machines weigh 800 pounds and sell for a measly $50,000.
The Medbox system, a patented machine resembling a vending machine, has medical marijuana patients swipe a prepaid card, press their fingerprint and browse for medicine. Meanwhile, advocates are continuing their efforts to re-open the dispensaries that were shut down across the city.
According to Bedrick, they have already started taking deposits on these machines. Unlike machines that dispense movies or snacks, the major difference with Medbox is their security. The fingerprinting helps prevent fraud and the software validates prescriptions and dosage.
SportofBoxing.com: “Athletes beware! With the re-opening of these Marijuana dispensing outlets in San Diego, be forewarned that smoking marijuana is the best way ever to get lazy, soft and short winded.”
City Beat: “New medicinal-marijuana ordinance slated to go to City Council
Filner’s legal advisor has been meeting privately with marijuana advocates and crafting parameters of a new ordinance, and plans to propose the ordinance to the City Council on March 25.
We hope the mayor is counting City Council votes. He needs five to pass his ordinance. We believe Todd Gloria and David Alvarez would vote for a proposal that’s less restrictive than the one that passed 5-2 in 2011. Lorie Zapf voted against the 2011 ordinance because it wasn’t tough enough, so, presumably, she’s a no. That means Filner needs three votes from a group that includes Democrats Marti Emerald and Sherri Lightner and Republican Kevin Faulconer, who all voted yes in 2011, and Republicans Mark Kersey and Scott Sherman, who weren’t on the council two years ago. Filner’s best hope might be Emerald, Lightner and Kersey—we hope he’s working to ameliorate any concerns.”