Medical cannabis could revive economy

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Came back up to Auburn to visit my parents and saw the newest Andy Lukkonen comic today (March 18). Seeing an image of the townsfolk running medical cannabis dispensaries out with a giant pitchfork is a very tragic image, in my opinion. To know that this town was hit so hard by the recession and is falling on its sword to keep themselves stuck in the past when it comes to medical cannabis is even more so. Having lived in the Bay Area for a few years, I can tell from first-hand experience the economic activity medical cannabis generates. A section in the heart of downtown Oakland was once full of abandoned buildings and literally owned by criminals. That district is now a thriving medical marijuana center, with two dispensaries, a grow supplies store, a patient ID center, a coffee shop where you’re allowed to consume medical cannabis on the back patio, and Oaksterdam University, a trade school where one can learn how to grow cannabis and open their own medical marijuana dispensary. Oakland is hardly a thriving community, but in this one district, they’ve really turned things around. I drive through Downtown Auburn and think the same thing. All these abandoned store fronts could be put to use. There is a real market in this area for medical cannabis supplies and the people of Auburn are really missing out on some good economic activity. I think it’s sad. Maybe that’s part of the reason Auburn is in its current situation. Patrick Ward, San Francisco, formerly of Auburn