Can pot save a dying town?

A small California city approves a medical-marijuana nursery -- and will likely see its fortunes improve dramatically.

By Kim Peterson Feb 25, 2011 3:38PM
Image: Marijuana (© Halfdark/fStop/Getty Images)Lawmakers in several states are struggling with how to craft policies to allow for the growing or selling of medical marijuana.

But while everyone else dithers over details, one tiny town jumped in and green-lit a large-scale indoor nursery for medical marijuana. And, as the video below shows, the city of Isleton, Calif., could end up raking in some badly needed revenue.

Isleton's financial state was so bad that some people wondered whether it had any future, reports NBC Bay Area News. Vacant storefronts are common, and revenue shortfalls were worrisome.

So the city has come to an agreement with a growers group to build the 4,000-square-foot nursery. In return, every month the city will get either 3% of the growers' profits or $25,000 -- whichever is greater, reports NBC's Garvin Thomas. That's at least $300,000 a year in new revenue, but estimates say it could end up being twice that much.

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For Isleton, that represents a 50% bump to its general fund. Imagine what that could do for a town whose fortunes have been sliding.

In addition, the growers have agreed to install security cameras anywhere in town that the Police Department requests and buy a laptop for each squad car, Thomas reports. It will also buy a new mainframe computer for the Police Department.

Thomas reports that instead of trying to write a broad medical-marijuana policy, Isleton simply decided to include the nursery in a developer agreement with the grower. It doesn't apply to anyone else.

And that's how one town got the ball rolling on medical marijuana -- and could see its future change dramatically.

Elsewhere in California, what's being called the "Wal-Mart of weed" opens Saturday. It's a 10,000-square-foot gardening store focused on helping medical-marijuana patients grow pot. The company behind the store wants to open other locations in Arizona, Colorado, New Jersey and Oregon, The Associated Press reports.

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Feb 28, 2011 5:49PM
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phony medical marijuana? What about it is phony? Study after study after study has recognized the many medicinal benefits of marijuana. The DEA is actually reclassifying THC-derived synthetics to schedule III just so Pharmaceutical companies can sell Cannabis-extracted THC in pill form to patients. I can't post the link because Windows Live won't let me. You can Google it. It's a big story right now.

If pot draws only losers then why have our last 3 presidents admitted to using pot? Why has pretty much every musician and entertainer admitted to using pot? We know plenty of CEO's who have admitted to using pot. Steve Jobbs was a well-known pothead. He also did LSD and many other psychedelics. Is he a loser? 50 million people use marijuana anually in the U.S, are they all losers too? I'm sure many of them are middle-class working Americans.

It's this kind of ill-logic and horribly stupid brainwashing that throws hundreds of thousands of non-violent criminals in jail each year and spends $20 billion + of our taxpayer dollars every year. Not to mention the rise of gangs and international criminal syndicates that fund all of their operations off the illicit trade of narcotics.

Seriously, before you spout insanities, do some thinking. God gave you a brain to use it, not to let other people like D.A.R.E and your Pastor at Church soil it.
Feb 27, 2011 12:55AM
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Pot draws losers and only losers use pot.    I don't care if they are trying to hide behind the phony "medical marijuana" usage or not. 
Feb 26, 2011 4:20PM
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Get rid of the hippies, make them obey the law. Dope is not legal, leave them live in Mexico if they want to live with dope. Arrest them all.
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