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First Medical Marijuana Dispensary On The East Coast Opens


By Steve Elliott of Toke of the Town

It’s a historic day. The first medical marijuana dispensary on the East Coast of the U.S. has opened in Frenchville, Maine.

Safe Alternatives looks like a typical house, reports Jackie Ward at WLBZ. But there are video cameras and floodlights as required by state law; town officials said the security equipment operates 24/7.

The dispensary is less than a mile from an elementary school, but state law only requires it to be at least 500 feet away.

Predictably, some narrow-minded local residents seemed to be just looking for something to complain about.

“When I stopped by to take the picture there was nobody there, just a note on the door that said ‘Leave packages on the porch,’ whatever that means,” said Frenchville resident Cameron Price. (My highly educated guess it that “Leave packages on the porch” is secret code for “Leave packages on the porch.”)

“I don’t know, it just seems like a fly by the seat of your pants operation to me,” said Price, who felt it looked too much like a “non-sanctioned dispensary.”

If the dispensary had signage and looked commercial, I’m betting he’d have bitched about that, too.

Price actually compared marijuana from the dispensary falling into the wrong hands to the escape of radiation from the Japanese nuclear power plants. Way to show your ignorance, Mr. Price.

And what do you know — the town of Frenchville is currently “working on a proposed ordinance that would be stricter than the state’s laws for marijuana cultivation facilities.” Looks like some busybodies just can’t be happy as long as Frenchville’s seriously ill patients have safe access to legal medical marijuana.

For WLBZ’s lame-ass TV hatchet job attempt on Leo Trudel, the principal officer of Safe Alternatives dispensary, see below.





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    well i wish they would do this for all us pain suffers here in australia, they are too busy dragging in the money from there drug raids all over australia everyday, i was in court the other day with a friend he was fined $500.00 for a little 25 dollar bag, within 1 hr there were 8 cases of nearly the same quantity, all were fined,now this happens in every court in australia everyday there must be ovr a 1000 courts , imagine all the money they rake in every-day, and thats just for pot smokers, mmm makes u wonder, legalize it here, my brother was killed for selling dope in new south wales, along with his 2 best mates, in a horrible car crash, if dope was legal here this would not of happen’d…

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