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Big bong battle

Original post made on Dec 16, 2011

Walk into any convenience store, and you'll probably find drug paraphernalia behind the counter in the form of rolling papers and cigar wrappers, more commonly known as "blunt" wrappers.

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Comments (14)

Posted by Chris, a resident of Castlewood
on Dec 16, 2011 at 9:03 am

I visit this store weekly!! Walid is professional and courteous. I have seen other patrons from time to time, all appear to be well into their 20's and above and most are purchasing cigarettes. It sounds like the city is on a witch hunt, yet again. Heaven forbid that Pleasanton doesn't fulfill it's image as whitebreadupperincomeconservative town. While there seems to be concern about "drug paraphenalia" check out the Pleasanton police report for the number of people that are arrested for being drunk in this lovely town. Perhaps we should regulate how many bars there are instead.


Posted by Bob, a resident of Val Vista
on Dec 16, 2011 at 1:43 pm

@ Chris - they do regulate the number of bars. And the fact still remains that drug paraphanalia is illegal. Considering the amount of time you are present in the store compared to the hours it is open, it's a little difficult to determine how many people are purchasing cigarettes or anything else. Most of the people who live here in Pleasanton have moved or stayed here because because they have worked hard to make something of themselves and can afford to live in a very nice community, and want it to stay that way. Illegal is illegal. Why don't you try to open a head shop in Danville or Alamo or Saratoga and see what kind of warm welcome you get there.


Posted by Really Now, a resident of Happy Valley
on Dec 16, 2011 at 2:08 pm

@ Bob
"Most of the people who live here in Pleasanton have moved or stayed here because because they have worked hard to make something of themselves and can afford to live in a very nice community, and want it to stay that way"

Being from SARATOGA,I can say that people "work hard" in MANY other "nice places", other than PTown.

I can also say that MOST of these people who work really hard to live in a nice community are not near as snobby, stuck up, rude,or as arrogant as P Towners! P Town has a reputation and quite frankly, it's a shame.


Posted by Mort, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 16, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Bob

Drug paraphernalia is NOT illegal. Most drugs are, but you can buy bongs, pipew, rolling papers, whatever, and carry with you as long as it doesn't have illegal substances in it. If the PPD wants to waste time and go after these items to appease the paranoid in town, that is another matter.

Then people will just have to go to Livermore and Dublin and buy it there.

Big deal!


Posted by Richard, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Dec 16, 2011 at 4:07 pm

This is a typical Weekly and Wohltmann article. It is rife with unchecked allegations and unsupported statements. $50,000 in tax revenue? Doubtful, but even if true, the city would only get 1% of that. In my opinion $500 is not worth having a head shop in town. This is a nice safe place to live. If you don't like it, move. It is that simple. The only thing that REALLY sucks about Pleasanton is this rag weekly and this forum of unchecked ignorance.


Posted by LL, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 16, 2011 at 9:25 pm

"In my opinion $500 is not worth having a head shop in town. This is a nice safe place to live. If you don't like it, move. It is that simple. The only thing that REALLY sucks about Pleasanton is this rag weekly and this forum of unchecked ignorance."

This is what I love about "Cheech and Chong".


Posted by John, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 16, 2011 at 11:43 pm

I did complain to the city , yes I did ! When I see my neighbor kids leaving the store and they are only 15 year old and there holding a glass pipe and some cigarette ,,, yes I would love to see the city doing something about it , I thank god it's not my kids but I care about other ppl kids


Posted by We Have a Problem, a resident of Country Fair
on Dec 17, 2011 at 7:29 am

In case you are not aware of it, there is an epidemic in town with young people using pot. At a minimum, and as quickly as possible, I would ask that the owner of Cigarette City change its name, or change the large sign on the building that even a 5-year old can see and read. I went into this business when it first opened and asked a few questions about what they were selling. You could tell they were very leary to provide much information or conversation because the elephant in the room is that they are a head shop, not a cigarette store. Duh. (please just change your sign, even if it's painting it in less noticeable colors)


Posted by Timothy T, a resident of Downtown
on Dec 17, 2011 at 9:54 am

Don't like it? I have an idea: Don't shop there.

Did you know that a speeding ticket costs more than a marijuana possession ticket? BETTER GET RID OF ALL THE CAR DEALERS IN TOWN!

Bait and switch and open hostility towards businesses is the main reason why we've decided to open our restaurant in Livermore. We will be serving booze and the last thing we need are the police stalking our customers like they do from Barone's or Redcoats.

Unless you're a salon or a bank. Then you're good to go.


Posted by Timothy T, a resident of Downtown
on Dec 17, 2011 at 10:07 am

And an "epedimic" is not kids smoking pot, it's kids that show up to school hungry or don't have their heat turned on because the parents can't afford it. Yes, that exists in Pleasanton. If you want to spend your energies on an "epedimic," why don't you work on that?

It's entertaining how people seem to be just fine with the fact that the place is selling a product that are proven to cause cancer and the manufacturer basically tells you not to use it, yet everyone is up-in-arms about a bong.


Posted by Senior Citz, a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Dec 17, 2011 at 2:49 pm

I shop with this merchant for tobacco. He seems like a very nice person and I have never seen minors in this store.


Posted by Keith, a resident of Beratlis Place
on Dec 17, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Hmmm...I've been in this place to buy smokes...he has a whole wall of bongs and MJ paraphernalia, but the innocent pics by the Weekly show none of this..[removed]


Posted by Alex, a resident of Bridle Creek
on Dec 17, 2011 at 6:01 pm

"Really Now"
Do you have something to contribute about this article, or are you just mad because Pleasanton people don't like you? Move back to Saratoga.


Posted by Nosy Neighbors, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Dec 17, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Nosy Neighbors is a registered user.

Here's the running count.

Hair salons, day spa's, mani-pedi joints & other clipping, trimming, tanning, injecting & fat sucking establishments in downtown P-Town = 22


Head shops = 1

I've had first hand experience seeing some of the women who frequent these establishments and then immediately proceed to Alberto's, Stacey's, Pasta's or other watering holes to well...water their holes and then drive themselves home or to pick up their offspring after school with blood alcohol levels that would make a frat boy on spring break proud.

Cigarette city is selling legal items. If you do not support nor condone the legal merchandise they peddle, do not shop there. I just might take up smoking as a support to their business model and to my credo of "Think globally, shop locally."

The helicopter mommies rallying against Cigarette City need to go downtown, get a mani-pedi/brazillian, a cosmo & chill out. Oh yeah, take a taxi home please.


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