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The case against a marijuana shop at K and East 1st streets in South Boston

Brian Graves of South Boston files a rebuttal to the the lawsuit by the company whose proposed cannabis shop at K and East 1st streets was rejected by the zoning board earlier this year: He explains why the site is far from the "perfect" location Holland Brands says it is.

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Sounds like Brian should be pushing for zoning reform and more public transit options.

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and I agree that improved public transit would solve some of the issues he raises, but it wouldn't cover a number of his other concerns.

I'm not sure why zoning reform would help here.

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I'm not quite sure Brian understands what a direct abutter is. 200 "direct abutters" for a lot that is surrounded on two sides by streets and the other two sides by a fenced off area and a parking lot seems a bit high....

“A ‘yes’ vote supported this proposal to legalize marijuana but regulate it in ways similar to alcoholic beverages.” None of us votedfor 52 dispensaries in the city limits,...." Funny, because there are probably more than 52 places to buy alcohol within the city limits.

Too many registers, but if there weren't enough then that would also be a problem. Also, how dare a business try to make themselves busy and profitable. We only want them to open if they aren't busy and don't really try to make a profit.

Retail should go with retail, except then it will be close to where kids and teenagers can see it so we want it away from people, but also not away from people.

Traffic is bad, and the city hasn't done a good job fixing it, so no more businesses should be able to open anywhere in South Boston.

Did I miss any other inane arguments?

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Cities and towns lost those because a legal business seeking to open in a conforming location cannot be spite-zoned just because some people don't like it.

There are some specific siting differences in the way cannabis retail is regulated, but if it conforms and the only real "rationale" is WAHHH DONT WANNNT ITTT, well, go fish.

I wonder if Kevin Brian is aware of those legal precedents about picking and choosing the type of business when it is legal and conforming? Probably not, because people like this think their special places are special and different.

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I totally missed the 200 direct abutters thing.

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Voted for legalized cannabis, but didn't vote for dispensaries.

Moved next to industrial zone, but wants residential zone.

Got it.

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"I voted for the legalization of cannabis in MA. The ballot question in 2016 provided that, “A ‘yes’ vote supported this proposal to legalize marijuana but regulate it in ways similar to alcoholic beverages.” None of us voted for 52 dispensaries in the city limits, nor did we vote to allow a dispensary anywhere in the city"

Yes, it's pretty textbook NIMBYism, and he didn't even try to cover it up. It's OK with him as long as it's not here...

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...the time to read the full letter. I might just save myself the time, but here it was:

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I, and we as a group, do not oppose cannabis, as was suggested by Holland Brands. I voted for the
legalization of cannabis in MA. The ballot question in 2016 provided that, “A ‘yes’ vote supported this
proposal to legalize marijuana but regulate it in ways similar to alcoholic beverages.”

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None of us voted
for 52 dispensaries in the city limits, nor did we vote to allow a dispensary anywhere in the city.

"When we voted in favor of legalizing marijuana we didn't mean that it could come to OUR neighborhood!" Just some complete NIMBY buffoonery.

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If I am filtering the data set correctly, the City of Boston has 257 retail establishments licensed to sell alcoholic beverages in a similar manner to how a cannabis dispensary operates.

So I am shocked that when we decided to allow cannabis to be sold under regulations similar to alcohol, there may be the demand for a significant number of these establishments. Absolutely shocked.

https://data.boston.gov/dataset/liquor-licenses/resource/aab353c1-c797-4...

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Always love the logic that a dispensary should not open because it will be too busy. Hmmm maybe if there were more than 5 within an hour drive they wouldn't be so busy?

If there were only 5 places to buy alcohol within an hour drive of Boston, how busy do you think those places would be?

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But where's the moron Southie barber's take on this? He's clearly got time to post on here between getting his latest brainworms update from Oan News.

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