Stirring the pot right out of town: Hats off to Peabody Mayor and City Council

25 Jan

By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher

budThe ban is official. There will be no pot emporiums, masquerading as medical dispensaries, allowed in the city of Peabody.

At the request of Mayor Ted Bettencourt, the Peabody City Council voted unanimously last night to support a zoning change that would ban the growing of marijuana or the distribution of the controlled substance within the city limits.

Since I’ve written about it here in this space on a couple of occasions, I won’t go over all of those details again. But I have to applaud both the Mayor and the City Council for looking out for the safety of We the People on this one. Although I’m not opposed to legalization of weed for even recreational purposes, this so-called Medical Marijuana Law is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

It’s all about an interim step toward full legalization, and has very little to do with helping people through their illnesses.

But what’s really bothersome about this current law is its level of vagueness. We have very few details on how it will be managed and regulated, and for Peabody’s elected officials to not support this ban would have be irresponsible.

If I may also be a little selfish, I applaud our entire City Council,  since chances were good that these pot shops would have only added to the vice in my part of the city up on Route 1 . It was also appropriate that my Ward 5 Councilor, Dave Gamache, should make the motion to ban these pot shops since his constituents might have been most affected here.

6 Responses to “Stirring the pot right out of town: Hats off to Peabody Mayor and City Council”

  1. Anonymous January 27, 2013 at 1:07 am #

    I find it quite interesting that we would ban these pot dispensarieis while at the same time we have a methadone clinic running daily right here on rout 1. I don’t see a whole hell of alot of diiiference between the two but lets just keep letting the heroin addicts get there daily fix and then drive the streets but not let those who are in legitamate pain get any help. Yup, maybe this is a first step to legalizing pot but is that such a bad idea? One minute we see an ad telling us how evil pot is and the next thing on tv is an ad glorifying the wonders of bud lite or captain morgan or any other booze you can think of. Does anyone see a problem here??? In my mind pot is alot less deadly than alchohol and the tax money that could be made on it is more than you can imagine. Talk about solving the defacit problem! Pot is the least of our worries and the money spent on busting people who do it is just a big waste. I personally don’t smoke pot but then again I don’t drink booze too much either but I think its time to just legalize pot. Take the profits and move on. Don’t tell me about the crime issue because when booze was illegal crime was rampant. Legalize pot and the crimes for it will also go away.

  2. Bob Croce January 27, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    But you are missing the point on the main reason why the city changed the zoning to ban these shops. They did it because the law is extremely vague and there are no details right now on how it will all be controlled and regulated. It was this fear of the unknown that concerned Peabody’s elected officials. They acted in the best interests of the taxpayers here.

  3. the Outfront Guy* January 28, 2013 at 8:10 am #

    OG says…how do cities and towns just go and ban the ‘unknown’ and in effect trump the voice of the majority of the people who voted YES on this referundum question?

    • anonymous too November 13, 2013 at 7:38 am #

      yes I agree, it seems a nightclub that is expanding at a fast rate without council approval is a norm with all the problems of liquor that go along with that is allowed.. yet to smoke cannabis is still the evil one..It is funny,,the issue is they can’t tax it,non profits,,,,no money for the outstretched gov’t hand. What about the people who need it. So much for compassion. ALWAYS FOLLOW THE BENJAMINS.

  4. Harry Birmingham January 30, 2013 at 7:02 am #

    I have to agree with Bob Croce about the zoning of any marihuana shops in Peabody or, for that matter ,in the state that has a zoning board in use. The vote for the marihuana legalization was for certain use restrictions ,not for public use alone. No where is there written into that passed law is there any thing that says anyone can open a marihuana shop any where or at any time they’d like. People read things and just assume what they want to in having read a story w/o caring about what is truly written in the article or in a law . It isn’t a case of NIMBY in Peabody but it is a case of the cities and towns to have the right to allow or not allow marihuana shops to open in there borders. There will be places to purchase marihuana as is allowed by the passing of the restrictive use law as has been passed. That isn’t to say that eventually Peabody will or will not have one or more open in its future passing of time.

  5. Barbara Guillette May 27, 2015 at 1:35 am #

    Well I think alcohol is much more harmful . I don’t see anything wrong with smoking it . You never see a crazed pot smoker beating up his wife or (ahem )mother , he might eat her out of her house but beat her up nah! I think Peabody missed a chance at increasing tax revenue. I do not think it the Devils weed, and most people wether you like it or not do smoke it, except those who consider it bad , I believe in moderation in everything except chocolate ! I don’t mind if you do not publish I prefer it. To many mean malicious people about!

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