Park Avenue residents Tara and Chad Blaise have proposed opening a medical marijuana dispensary on Carroll Avenue in the Takoma Junction area. This initiative has prompted a city council discussion, this evening, whether the city wishes to provide guidance on locations where a dispensary would be appropriate to operate in Takoma Park, per the council backgrounder.
The council materials include a FAQ on dispensaries and a document, Maryland state proposed action on regulations.
Personally, I don’t have significant concerns about medical marijuana or this particular location for a dispensary, although I have heard from a few residents who do have concerns. I don’t believe I have been contacted by any Ward 1 residents, other than the applicants, hence this request for your comment. Please let me know what you think the city should do in response to this proposal, whether:
– seek Montgomery County Zoning changes
– something else
I’m at email@example.com and 301-873-8225. Write to the whole council, via the city clerk, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I note that a Washington DC medical marijuana dispensary, the Takoma Wellness Center, has operated since August 2013, without any major incident that I know of, at a location close to the Takoma Metro station.
The dispensaries discussion is scheduled for 9:10 pm.
Follow-up, October 20: