Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Why Medical Pot Is So Hard to Find in Liberal Marin County

This isn't really a science story or an environmental story, but it is a story about politics and NIMBYism and health in Marin County, one of the Bay Area's (hence the entire country's) most liberal regions. Voters supported Prop 215, which legalized medical marijuana in California, to the tune of 80 percent, but Marin County towns have since cracked down on dispensaries so hard that there are none left -- and county leaders have refused to stand up for patients demanding access. What gives? Find out in my latest story for Marin Magazine, which addresses how the lack of storefront access affects some patients and how county supervisors are finally trying to establish a more permissive set of dispensary-siting guidelines for unincorporated areas of the county. Read it in the October issue of Marin Magazine or online here.