Letter From Concerned Residents Of Manhasset

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Medmen LLC, a California-based  marijuana  corporation,  applied for a permit to open a medicinal marijuana dispensary on occupied by the Sleep Number bed store at 1575 Northern Blvd. in Manhasset. Their goal is to relocate an existing medical marijuana facility from New Hyde Park here— less than a 1/2-mile from Munsey Park Elementary and the St. Mary’s Schools, approximately 1/4-mile from the Manhasset Public Library, and 1-mile from the high school.

The company claims that there is inadequate street visibility in the medical complex where the dispensary is currently located and that their customers are stigmatized by having to go to a medical complex to obtain their medicinal marijuana. Though the company alleges noble intentions, they have a clear agenda for requesting this change—to legalize recreational marijuana in all states. According to the MedMen website, the company supports candidates that are pro legalization. Anticipating recreational marijuana becoming legal in early 2019 based on Cuomo’s agenda, the medicinal dispensary would be converted to a marijuana retail store.

A group of concerned residents has petitioned the Town of North Hempstead (TONH) Board to prevent this location from being used for this purpose. The Board seems receptive to preventing the relocation of the dispensary. The Board has also proposed a ban on the sale of recreational marijuana within the confines of the TONH and the vote is scheduled to be heard on January 8, 2019.

We applaud them for this effort. However, the calendar of action by the Town may be too slow to prevent attorneys for MedMen, or other marijuana dealers, from pushing through their agenda.

We are opposed to any sale of marijuana where our children frequent. This letter does not support or hinder the passage of legalization of recreational marijuana. We are simply against its sale in our community. The current location of dispensaries within hospital facilities is ideal.  Just as dialysis is performed in dialysis centers, and chemotherapy is administered in infusion centers, there is no stigma to the sale of medicinal marijuana in dispensaries located in specific designated areas, away from our schools, parks, places of worship and our homes.

We believe that the most vulnerable in our community are our children. Their safety is paramount in this discussion and the proximity of the proposed relocation site to our schools is troubling.  We also question why the Town of North Hempstead, which accounts for only 17% of Nassau County’s population, is the sole location being proposed to house 100% of the county’s medicinal dispensaries.

Supporters of legalization claim that marijuana is no different than alcohol. Yet how many people die annually in accidents caused by drunk drivers? Do we need more drivers on another mind altering substance in our communities within a short distance of our schools and library?

Supporters claim that smoking a joint will not lead to the use of other drugs. They are mistaken. There is overwhelming medical evidence that marijuana use in teens does lead to use of harder drugs. The developing brain is especially susceptible to dependence from marijuana use and the current day drug has more of the addictive ingredients than ever before. A large number of adolescents are currently prescribed anti-anxiety and anti-depressive medications which, when combined with marijuana, often cause psychotic episodes.

We strongly urge everyone to attend the next two TONH Board meetings to voice your opinion. We need to let our representatives know how we as a community feel.

IT IS OUR TOWN!

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Johnson is former editor of Manhasset Press and Manhasset Press Magazine. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community Newspaper" several years in a row.

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  1. Ridiculous reefer madness propaganda! You should be ashamed of yourself!

    “We are opposed to any sale of marijuana where our children frequent.” Currently, patients are LEGALLY purchasing medical cannabis and you’re afraid that children will see PATIENTS purchasing their medicine? Cannabis is the least dangerous substance known to human kind. Yet, you don’t complain about the visibility of liquor stores or pharmacies prescribing deadly opioids. A child can buy candy while the customer before them purchases their potentially deadly opioids.

    “We are simply against its sale in our community.” – So, you’d rather disenfranchise patients suffering from qualifying conditions? You’re cold and heartless.

    “The current location of dispensaries within hospital facilities is ideal.” – No it isn’t. Patients at other facilities will complain of the lack of parking and long lines congesting the medical facilities.

    “Just as dialysis is performed in dialysis centers, and chemotherapy is administered in infusion centers, there is no stigma to the sale of medicinal marijuana in dispensaries located in specific designated areas, away from our schools, parks, places of worship and our homes.” – You’re creating an artificial stigma by forcing them away from schools, parks, and places of worship while you allow dialysis centers, pharmacies, and liquor stores to be nearby.

    “We believe that the most vulnerable in our community are our children. Their safety is paramount in this discussion and the proximity of the proposed relocation site to our schools is troubling.” – Oh, like the liquor store nearby? Your fake outrage is hypocritical.

    “Supporters of legalization claim that marijuana is no different than alcohol. Yet how many people die annually in accidents caused by drunk drivers? Do we need more drivers on another mind altering substance in our communities within a short distance of our schools and library?” – False equivalency, strawman, and grasping at straws! Cannabis is SAFER than alcohol. Just because cannabis is legal, doesn’t mean that there is an affirmative defense for impaired driving. If you really cared, you would make access easier so patients don’t have to travel as far.

    “Supporters claim that smoking a joint will not lead to the use of other drugs. They are mistaken. There is overwhelming medical evidence that marijuana use in teens does lead to use of harder drugs.” – FALSE. “According to Canadian brain researcher, Dr. Matthew Hill, ‘I’d say the whole idea of cannabis being a gateway drug is a debunked thing at this point. …I don’t think there’s any evidence to support that,’ said Hill, who is an assistant professor at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary.”

    “The developing brain is especially susceptible to dependence from marijuana use and the current day drug has more of the addictive ingredients than ever before.” – Legalization for ADULTS does not legalize adult-use consumption by children.

    “A large number of adolescents are currently prescribed anti-anxiety and anti-depressive medications which, when combined with marijuana, often cause psychotic episodes.” – Maybe these adolescents should be taken off the deadly medications and switched over to cannabis, which is safer.

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