Before launch of medical marijuana, City Council to weigh where dispensaries can open
The current proposal is “overly restrictive,” said Steve Schain, a Philadelphia-based attorney with the Hoban Law Group, an international firm that focuses on cannabis law.
”The 500-foot rule is better for businesses than a 1000-foot rule, but in Philadelphia County it’s going to be hard to operate in that footprint,” Schain said. “Beyond limiting the inventory of available properties for dispensaries and grow houses, the rule will make it more difficult to build out a site so that it’s operational within six months of winning a license.“
Business owners replace idealists in legal-pot movement
"When a movement becomes an industry, of course the advocacy picture gets shuffled," said Bob Hoban, a Denver attorney specializing in marijuana law and a $1,000 donor to the Marijuana Policy Project. "It shifts away from activists to more traditional business interests, because the skill sets don't exactly transfer."
Business owners are replacing idealists in the pot-legalization movement as the nascent marijuana industry creates a broad base of new donors, many of them entrepreneurs willing to spend to change drug policy.
Unlike in the past, these supporters are not limited to a few wealthy people seeking change for personal reasons. They constitute a bigger coalition of business interests. And their support provides a significant financial advantage for pro-legalization campaigns.
Long Beach Prop 64 and Local Measures Debate Captivates Crowd of 200 People
Stefan Borst-Censullo, a Long Beach based attorney who's with Hoban Law Group—one of the nation's first cannabis law firms, advocated for MM saying that it wouldn't create a new industry, rather it would regulate one that's already in existence. Greenberg, the former federal prosecutor, argued against the measure, again, arguing that it would help enable children to gain access to marijuana.
Unlike Quezada's marijuana panel, which featured two hours of boring, spoon-fed propaganda, last night's debate kept the audience interested and wanting more. "This is so much better than the educational version you get in class," a CSULB student sitting behind me told his friend. "Yeah, for sure. This is awesome," his friend replied. One can imagine that that nobody had that reaction to Quezada's panel.