Marijuana dispensary in Mt. Airy responds to critics – Chestnut Hill Local

(This message was sent to the Local by TerraVida Holistic Centers.)

We are writing in response to Ms. Carol Scott’s letter to the editor posted Aug. 16. TerraVida and owners Chris Visco and Adina Birnbaum are here to answer questions, address community concerns and work towards a resolution in the best interest of the community. We will meet with anyone at anytime. You may contact us at [email protected], through our website at www.terravidahc.com, or message us on Facebook TerraVida Holistic Centers.

In addition, we would like to talk about the following rumors about the medical marijuana business.

RUMOR: We will be an all cash business.

FACT: We will not be an all cash business. We have already found two banks with credit card/debit card options. In addition, we plan to have an ATM inside our building.

RUMOR: We will have armed guards.

FACT: We have no intention of having armed guards. We are required to have one security guard on the premises 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and another security guard to check people in. Our security officers will be ex-military and ex-police officers.

RUMOR: We will make the neighborhood less safe.

FACT: This has not been the case in other cities. We believe that the additional security cameras and staff will make this community more safe. Nobody is even allowed inside our facility without a recommendation from their doctor, photo ID and a state card. As State Sen. Daylin Leach stated on a radio show last week, “There is no reason to believe that there will be an influx of crime for several reasons. First of all, that has not been the history in other states; in fact, crime goes down when cannabis protocols are adopted. Number two, these are going to be highly secure facilities.

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