Albany Voters Approve Dispensary

November 07, 2006

, San Francisco Chronicle

In Albany, Measure D, which garnered 53 percent of the vote, would allow one pot club to operate. The dispensary would not be near parks or schools or allow on-site use of marijuana. The police department helped craft the ordinance.

"Albany residents voted fairly heavily for Proposition 215 (the Compassionate Use Act on the 1996 state ballot), so it's not surprising they approved this," said the city's public information officer, Judy Lieberman.

Medical marijuana access cuts across traditional political lines, said William Dolphin, spokesman for Americans for Safe Access, an Oakland group that lobbies for medical marijuana laws nationwide.

"I'm not surprised Albany residents voted for this," he said. "Voters recognize that regulating dispensaries is the best way to provide safe access for patients."

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