Agriculture

OPINION: Medical cannabis deliveries in Hollister: Who will speak for the mobility impaired?

With permitted, taxed and regulated brick-and-mortar medical cannabis dispensaries coming to Hollister, what will the city do to accommodate 'mobility impaired' patients who need delivery services to obtain medicine.

The City of Hollister is finally permitting two Prop. 215 medical cannabis dispensaries to operate within its jurisdiction, presumably by the end of this year. Revenue from taxes and fees on permitted medical cannabis cultivation, manufacturing and dispensary operations will fund the creation of new municipal jobs to staff, inspect, monitor, regulate and enforce the new business codes governing the medical cannabis industry operations.

This is welcome and good news for sick and dying patients or their caregivers who have had to travel outside San Benito County or simply purchase Prop. 215 medicine 'illegally' from unregulated medical cannabis delivery services doing business here.

But what about 'mobility impaired' patients too sick or disabled to drive a vehicle? What provisions will the City of Hollister recognize and allow for wheelchair-bound or bedridden patients who want to comply with the new municipal regulations without breaking any law?

I have argued at public meetings and digital forums like BenitoLink that the voices of the sick, dying and mobility impaired are not represented or acknowledged by the City Council or anti-cannabis activists who lobby to maintain 20th century, Draconian status quo federally controlled substance laws that prohibit cannabis usage – medical or recreational – (even though a majority of California voters imposed a statewide mandate) refusing to recognize those laws under the 10th amendment/states rights provision of the U.S. Constitution.

The City of Hollister should reasonably accommodate the needs of its mobility impaired citizens who want safe and legal access to medical cannabis through delivery services to their homes by way of sensible regulations of permitted dispensary operations. Otherwise, those patients still run the risk of breaking the law, the black or grey market cannabis industry will operate without regulation, potentially evading city tax laws and permitting fees.

Below is a video produced by Weedmaps TV detailing the challenges and plight of mobility impaired medical cannabis patients in California whom benefit from medical cannabis delivery services from Prop. 215 mobile dispensary operators. 

 

Michael Smith

Pro-economic growth, pro-music, pro-science, pro-retirement.