Friday, April 19, 2013

Observer: Medical Marijuana Merchants Want Public Apology From Official

Posted By on Fri, Apr 19, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Two years ago, Boise Weekly visited a medical marijuana dispensary in Ontario, Ore., where we discovered more than a dozen varieties of marijuana sold behind a large glass display case: chocolate chunk, blue dream and purple wreck along side Rice Krispie treats laced with marijuana oils.

More importantly, we learned of numerous Idahoans who were regularly driving to Ontario to become customers. Some Gem State residents had even purchased a second property in Oregon.

"We know of at least 500 Idaho clients that have bought property in Oregon just in the last 60 days," the store director told BW. "They don't want to break the law, so this is going to be their new home. Idaho is losing residents, there's no doubt about it."

But at least one Ontario lawmaker isn't happy about medical marijuana being sold in his community. Ontario City Councilman Ron Verini paid for a full-page ad in the Ontario Argus Observer that read:

“The fact that we as a community have attracted a porn shop, places that sell smoking paraphernalia and a location that shows folks how to grow various plants that in some cases just might be on the fringe and might tie into the smoking shops that have set up in our fare [sic] city.”

But the Observer reports that that the managers of a medical marijuana shop want an apology, saying they are licensed and certified with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to do business. The managers said Veridini had apologized privately, but not publicly.

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