A coalition of 11 medical marijuana advocates and supporters sent Colorado U.S. Attorney John Walsh a letter Wednesday protesting two waves of letters sent demanding that certain centers close, headlined, "We care about our community, too." It highlights industry contributions and "asks Walsh to respect these licensed businesses and the ailing Coloradans they assist," says a press release.
Among the contributions cited:
• We have provided vital medicine to 164,000+ sick and disabled Colorado citizens whose doctors have recommended medical marijuana to them. ...
• We employ over 5,000 Coloradans and provide them with a living wage so they can support their families. We also provide substantial support for ancillary businesses like electricians, carpenters, and engineers.
• Our businesses produce tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue — [including some $145,000 so far this year in Colorado Springs alone] — with the first $2 million earmarked annually for programs critical to helping Colorado fight addiction and accompanying mental health issues. The Circle Program at Pueblo’s Colorado Mental Health Institute was on its last legs before this new tax supported it.
The letter is signed by all the usual suspects: Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council, Coloradans 4 Cannabis Patients Rights, Cannabis Business Alliance, Sensible Colorado, etc. — as well as the United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 7.