A longtime anti-LGBT hate group has taken on another cause: opposing new medical marijuana dispensaries.
The Pacific Justice Institute, which has a long record of opposition to a wide variety of LGBT-related issues, claims that new dispensaries located near facilities used by children are a danger to the neighborhood.
“We’re concerned about the children,” said Frank Lee, a vocal supporter of PJI, citing a refrain often used by so-called pro-family organizations, in a telephone interview with the Bay Area Reporter.
PJI announced a news conference for Wednesday, March 15 to detail its opposition to the dispensary.
The PJI’s concerns about medical marijuana dispensaries came to a head at a raucous community meeting of the People of Parkside Sunset, held at the Taraval Police Station in early March. At the meeting, members of PJI, a Sacramento-based nonprofit with offices throughout the state, shouted down a representative from the Castro medical marijuana dispensary, the Apothecarium, who was invited to speak about the proposal to open a medical marijuana dispensary in the neighborhood.
Dr. Floyd Huen, an internist and medical adviser to the Apothecarium, began to introduce himself to the some 100 neighborhood residents crowded into a small conference room, he said in an interview with the B.A.R. But before he could finish his first sentence, a number of people in the audience shouted him down, chanting “no cannabis.”
“Physically, it was very intimidating,” said Huen.
Huen and his wife, former Oakland mayor Jean Quan, are hoping to open a dispensary at 2505 Noriega Street in partnership with the current owners of the Apothecarium, he told the B.A.R. in an interview.
Huen, a soft-spoken man who has prescribed medical cannabis for the past decade, said he “decided it would be best to leave.” The former medical director of the Alameda County Medical Center