Medical Marijuana users in Santa Monica deserve safe, local and accessible access to their medicine. That's why I support local zoning to allow for medical marijuana dispensaries in Santa Monica.
Part of our overall urban planning approach should be to meet local needs locally, with locally-serving, community-based small business. That approach strengthens neighborhoods, promotes walkability and reduces the need to drive - all increasing our quality of life.
I believe we can provide safe local access medical marijuana, while ensuring concerns raised by our public safety personnel about its sale are addressed - just like we do with other legal businesses that operate safely in Santa Monica.
For more about my views on this topic, see this October 2013 video by the Santa Monica Daily Press VIEWPOINTS: Medical Marijuana in Santa Monica