OUR OPINION: Pot dispensary a pharmacy, not a social lounge

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December 28, 2011

OUR OPINION: Pot dispensary a pharmacy, not a social lounge

On two occasions, Maine voters have authorized medical marijuana for people with serious illnesses. This was not a vote to legalize recreational marijuana use, but an attempt to treat the herb as much like a medicine as possible.

Operators of the newest dispensary in Portland should keep that in mind and not take advantage of Mainers’ compassion. Unfortunately, that’s not what they are advertising.

The website of Wellness Connection of Maine advertises a place for patients to relax near a fireplace and drink tea, while eating food laced with marijuana. It’s a setting that sounds more like a cocktail lounge than a dispensary and it is not what voters were promised.

A social setting encourages people to take more marijuana than they need, and creates a risk to the public if over-medicated users try to get into their cars and drive home after a treatment.

It sounds like the “clinics” in California, which are ways to sneak around marijuana’s status as an illegal drug. These “clinics” have drawn the attention of federal law enforcement

Article source: http://www.kjonline.com/opinion/pot-dispensary-a-pharmacy-not-a-social-lounge_2011-12-27.html