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Why Does Ace Hardware Hate Medical Marijuana?

Posted on  September 21, 2012 by  News Admin

 Long Beach Store Manager Sponsors Friday Anti-Medical Marijuana Protest; Cannabis Advocates Plan Counter-Protest Why does an Ace Hardware in Long Beach, California hate medical marijuana? Why on earth would a hardware store, of all places, take such a bizarre position -- opposing safe access to the medicine that works best for a lot of very sick folks? For whatever odd rationale, at least one Ace Hardware store feels it needs to protest against medicinal cannabis. The ownership of the Ace franchise at 4th Street and Olive Avenue in Long Beach's East Village Arts District is organizing a Friday afternoon, September 21 protest rally in front of a medical marijuana dispensary across the street -- and now patients and advocates are planning a counter-protest, reports Greggory Moore at the Long Beach Post. Medical marijuana activists in Long Beach say the counter-protest in front of the Ace Hardware store at 746 East Fourth Street in Long Beach will kick off at 4:30 p.m., the same time as the anti-medical marijuana protest, and the action will kick off a planned consumer boycott of the store, reports Nick Schou at OC Weekly. Ace franchise owner/site manager Trent Barnes -- who seems to be one quite ignorant fellow who could really use some business smarts and P.R. ability -- was reported to be handing out fliers in the neighborhood, urging residents to attend a protest rally against "the Olive Ave. Marijuana Sales Shop," referring to the dispensary 4th Street Long Beach Natural Solutions. A crudely printed sign urges...