Marin Voice: Postmortem on Fairfax's medical pot club
Posted: 05/06/2012 05:18:00 AM PDT
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA'S promise to leave medical marijuana to the states did not last.
Suddenly, on Sept. 29, 2011, the landlord of our Fairfax dispensary was threatened with harsh federal penalties and the loss of his land, because of our operation.We tried to uphold the patients' rights, as we always have, to no avail.
The Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana was crushed under the wheels of unconstitutional, excessive federal law enforcement on Dec. 17.
We will be debating this in federal court for years, with the national NORML legal team suing on behalf of the alliance and 10 other licensed dispensaries around the state who were also unfairly closed.
What happened to me? I was suddenly left without a job, after 15 years. My charity work was very wonderful, but not profitable. My future is uncertain.
I worry that the confidentiality of our patient contact lists has been compromised.
What happens when a regulated, compliant, taxpaying, law-abiding medical marijuana organization is shut down? Thieves, hustlers and liars are empowered to run the pot game in the streets.
My name and reputation have been used everywhere to fool people. Corner dealers, inferior products and untrustworthy delivery people are rampant.
Fairfax has a lot less sales tax income and has lost thousands of regular visitors who were encouraged to shop in town.
Armed robbers recently
What to do?
I decided to write this column and ask the public and my former club members, what actions do you wish us to take?
It is hard to be in touch with everyone since our beloved club was closed, so I have written this column to get the word out.
First of all, should we seek criminal action or sue? Or trust karma to punish the rip-offs?
I am brokenhearted. I apologize to my club members for this.
The phone number on the CBC Marin Member ID Card — (415) 256-9328 — is still working. Call that number or email me with your thoughts at email@example.com
Second, how do we protect patients from further physical danger, such as the armed robbery at the San Rafael dispensary?
To help straighten out this mess, I urge the county to guide the future of regulated and permitted medical marijuana access in Marin. I am willing to help.
The county needs to step up to the plate.
What about locations on public property? It sure would be hard for federal agents to threaten that landlord.
The Marin Alliance never had any trouble with gun-toting robbers over its 15 years. Those types knew we could call police instantly with our panic button. We had a use permit and we were regulated.
In the name of public safety, open up the county permitting process. I will help with the massive paperwork.
I miss everyone so very much. I hope many of you call or e-mail just to check in with me.
I am doing all that I can in my power and continuing to follow the law.