First Medical Marijuana dispensary permit issued
On Tuesday, the City of Tucson will issue its first permit for a medical marijuana dispensary which is expected to go up on the southwest corner of Broadway and Kolb.Photo: Video by kgun9.com
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - On Tuesday, the City of Tucson will issue its first permit for a medical marijuana dispensary which is expected to go up on the southwest corner of Broadway and Kolb.
"It's not going to bother me" said one customer at a nearby hair salon and also say that any idea that dispensaries will increase crime is ridiculous. "I would like to think people in Tucson aren't that small minded that they're going to go all nuts over this" said one woman.
Could the dispensaries reduce crime? That's what some people living in a Foothills neighborhood believe. Deputies recently came across a house there that is strictly used to grow medical marijuana. Neighbors feel that it puts their safety at risk.
"If they could just pass the laws to open the dispensaries it would be monitored. an open book. we would see what people were doing" said Diana Ossana, head of the neighborhood block watch.
Tattoo artist and owner of Divine Tattoo, Derek Thornhill. feels the same way. Once the dispensary goes up, he will share the same parking lot as future medical marijuana patients. "It brings safety to the people who need medical marijuana versus them having to get it through other means" said Thornhill. He feels that it's finally time to put into action what voters asked for two years ago which is now tied up in the courts. Opponents, including Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, are challenging the legality of the law passed by voters. Because of that, no one knows when and if any dispensaries will actually open.