A proposal for medical marijuana dispensary at 1152 Beacon Street (former site of the South Pacific restaurant) drew considerable opposition from neighbors at a Newton Highlands Area Council meeting last night, according to these very meticulous meeting minutes.
At around 9:00 pm, at the end of the public discussion about this proposal, the community members who were present were asked if they supported the proposal. Only 2 people were supportive, everyone else (about 30 people) were not supportive. One person was undecided and needed further information.
It’s worth reading the full play by play but here’s some excerpts:
“… it is not “medicine”. It’s dope. It’s a drug.”
“Newton already has one dispensary. Not a big city. One is enough, not too far apart.”
“Cold Spring Park has enough marijuana smoke there. Makes my blood pressure high. It is ridiculous.”
“I know of kids that are addicted to it by their behavior. … We will have an epidemic. “
“The location is bad. It is near schools, next to a park where kids are playing sports. People will go back to the park with the marijuana. Lots of people will wait for a ride. It is naïve to think that everyone will take the stuff and go home. “
“How do we protect our kids, people driving, cars, pick up and drop off?”