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Medical Marijuana Dispensary Murders a Threat to Legalization? Your Thoughts?

06/28/2010 11:33 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Last Thursday in Los Angeles, two people were killed at medical marijuana dispensaries a distance of just five miles apart from each other. One of the shops was in Echo Park; the other was in Hollywood. I live in the middle in Silverlake.

The notion of violent crime being committed so close to home is scary, to say the least.

Dispensaries are required to be unarmed, including their security guards. Liquor stores often have guns behind the counter for protection. What do you think about this? Is this a violation of 2nd amendment rights, or should medical marijuana users just be happy that there are even shops at all?

Do you see medical marijuana becoming legal in November, or is there no way now? (It's pretty much a given that these recent murders will play heavily into anti-legalization ads, no?)

Let's recognize that medical marijuana legislation is already a big issue that's only going to become larger between now and November. What happens in California could lead to a ripple effect all over.

I'm curious what your thoughts are. On one hand, are dispensaries really much different from liquor stores? On the other, violence is violence and it's all a big power game.

What do you think is realistically the best solution to lead to the least amount of violence?

Please enlighten me with some comments.

R.I.P. to the deceased, and my sincerest thoughts go out to their families.