SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — There was a heated debate in the Colonial Heights neighborhood of Sacramento on Tuesday over a marijuana lounge operating in the neighborhood. Some questioned if the establishment is legal and claim people driving away from the lounge are driving under the influence.

Colonial Heights is bounded by Stockton Boulevard on the West, 58th Street on the east, 21st Avenue on the south, and 14th Avenue on the north.

Residents say the visitors on Sunday and Tuesday nights are creating a traffic nightmare. Wayne, the owner of the Public House Theater, is at odds with neighbors over heavy traffic and a steady stream of visitors.

“This is a bedroom community and to bring a marijuana lounge into the neighborhood just really upsets me,” said resident Stephen Bicker.

It’s an ongoing problem on 14th Avenue and neighbors have begun lining the streets with garbage cans to prevent illegal parking and more.

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“People were smoking weed, hot boxing in their car, and driving away,” said resident John Kline.

Wayne showed his “business license” to CBS13 to prove he has a legal operation. Sacramento police reported a few problems, saying officers responded to the address in March of 2019 over complains of cars, noise, and foot traffic.

The visitors Tuesday looking for parking declined to talk. There were 24 vendors inside the club Tuesday.

Wayne claims this is just another case of neighborhood gentrification at odds with people who grew up in the community.

Comments (3)
  1. John Thomas says:

    This is just hysterical fear created by 80 years of the world’s largest propaganda campaign.

    – Marijuana is not alcohol. The preponderance of the research shows marijuana consumption is NOT a significant cause of auto accidents.

    In 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, found that while drunken driving dramatically increased the risk of getting into an accident, there was no evidence that using marijuana heightened that risk.

    In fact, after adjusting for age, gender, race and alcohol use, the report found that drivers who had recently consumed marijuana were no more likely to crash than drivers who were not under the influence of any alcohol or drugs.

    Studies show medical marijuana law states have lower traffic fatality rates compared to states that haven’t legalized.

    Of course, bars and stores that sell alcohol are the TRUE source of concern.

  2. Eileen McKenzie says:

    No, John. It’s neighbors genuinely concerned for their neighborhood. The complaints are valid and need to be addressed. Stop trying to dismiss them with your statistics.

    1. John Thomas says:

      Don’t confuse you with the facts, eh? — You haven’t mentioned any valid concerns, so I’ll have to assume it’s just prejudice.

      Science and widespread experience have shown marijuana has no significant harms. – Hence, every person who chooses near harmless marijuana, over addictive, very harmful alcohol, improves their health tremendously – as well as the lives of their family and community.