Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mayor Bach: Recreational marijuana is 'public-safety issue'

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Bach: You know, El Paso County ... has already banned [marijuana stores]; talked to Marc Snyder, the mayor of Manitou, I think they’re considering the same.
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  • Bach: 'You know, El Paso County ... has already banned [marijuana stores]; talked to Marc Snyder, the mayor of Manitou, I think they’re considering the same.'

While Mayor Steve Bach didn't exactly come right out, at his monthly press conference, and say he plans to push for a ban on recreational marijuana, he did make it clear that he not only considers the plant a safety risk to the citizens of Colorado Springs, but also a risk to the city's job-sector and economy as whole.

"I’ll be going to City Council on Tuesday, the 28th of May, and during 'mayor’s comments' I’m going to express to City Council my recommendation to them on this matter," said Bach in response to a question from TV newsman Eric Singer. "I will tell you where I’m leaning: Recreational marijuana is not only a public-safety issue of great concern to the city — the police chief can verify that for you — it is also, I believe, a very serious economic development issue.

"You know, I spend a lot of my time, around our city, calling on our primary employers to thank them for being here and employing our citizens, and asking what our city can to do to help them be successful," Bach said. "And I’m told over and over, by defense contactors and primary employers of all types, that they’re very concerned about this matter, the commercial sale of recreational marijuana."

Asked if a ban wouldn't be a smack in the face to the city's purported support of small businesses, Bach compared recreational marijuana to porn.

"And when you talk about small businesses, um, I would just offer that adult bookstores are small businesses; I’m not sure we wanna allow those around the city. So we have to be thoughtful.

"I do agree with Council — we ought to have plenty of public conversation; the citizens oughta be able to weigh in on this — but what I’m hearing from a lot of primary employers is they’re watching this very closely, as to what we’re gonna do about this."

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