Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Should the DC Dept. of Health consider nearby drug arrests in placement of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries?



From the Convention Center Community Association President Martin Moulton: 

"The alleged offender, with possession w/ intent to distribute IN A DRUG FREE ZONE? The arrest easily took place w/in 500 feet of The Kennedy Rec Center, The Center City Public Charter School, the children's tot lot behind 1330 apts and the new park w/ tot lot on the 600 b/o N St NW and should warrant (at least) doubling the penalties. I can only hope that the women's shelter on that same block that houses young mothers, and occasionally young children, would be the epicenter of a drug free zone as well"

ARREST# : 031203425

DT-TM: 28-JAN-12 - 0005
OFFENDER: MOZIE, K
SEX: M
OFFENSE: UCSA PWID MARIJUANA
TYPE: UNDETERMINED
OFFICER: BOYD

Mr. Moulton further asks: " Why not put a MMD center in a relatively crime free area? The MMD committee should at least look at local crime stats before approving a facility."

What do you think? Does the fact that this took place within two blocks be a factor in if dispensaries should be allowed to open in a given neighborhood? Do you think that street-level drug crimes have a relationship with legally-regulated marijuana dispensaries for medical purposes? 

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