Palo Alto Mulls Medical Marijuana, With Conservative Backing

Palo Alto's Turn

It's a fine town, but Palo Alto is a bit one-dimensional. There's nearby Stanford, and nearby Silicon Valley (fine, that's two dimensions), but not much else is happening in that Peninsula city.

But what about medical marijuana? The city could become the first San Mateo County municipality to allow medical cannabis dispensaries, if voters approve a ballot measure Nov. 6.

The city's elected officials agree: They all hate Measure C, despite the permit fees and local taxes voter-approved medical marijuana clubs would bring in. Yet the idea of allowing legal cannabis within “Shallow Alto” city limits does have backers within the free-market, usually conservative Hoover Institution.

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