Dope Goes Bourgie


Oakland's medical marijuana clubs seem to be settling in as one more ordinary business:

Most businesses in the immediate area have welcomed the pot clubs, saying they've actually helped the local economy, and the Oaksterdam neighborhood is gentrifying.

That means coping with zoning restrictions and incumbents trying to raise barriers to entry… but I guess it beats "if we catch you, you'll go to jail" as a zoning restriction and "move in on my corner and I'll bust your kneecaps" as a barrier to entry. I also note that the one serious problem with these places—people trying to rob clubs (or patrons) for pot—is just a function of the fact that members of the general public still can't pick up a pack of spliffs at the local convenience store.