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The REAL public safety issue and threat to everyone is the black market who will benefit from Bach's proposed Ban. If we eliminate legal channels to access this legal substance, we perpetuate criminals and cartels to capitalize on cannabis commerce in Colorado Springs.
If we did not have liquor stores, people would be brewing more beer and wine at home and selling it to others. Liquor licenses help control this commerce through regulated legal structure. Voters want the same thing and think regulation should apply to marijuana retail stores.
We are already low on police resources and in Bach's own words, we will run out of money sooner than later. Combined with the fact that private employers have been on the decline (-10%) along with their tax contributions; we need this new economy to help pay Bach's paycheck.
Comparing pot to porn is low, even for the mayor - but regardless of commodity, legal substances, like marijuana (and porn), have legal commercial mechanisms so that supply may meet demand. The mayor is up against the will of voters on this one who want to regulate marijuana like alcohol and shouldn't argue so strongly for such a weak position.
I don't think this is legal at all - these idiots are not attorneys and are misinterpreting the "loop hole" they claim exists in Amendment 64. Welcome to Dan May country boys, I'll take bets they can't keep this fly by night "delivery business" open for long.
They give different explanations of the "loop hole" each time you call. Their business card says "1/8ths starting at $30" and "FREE delivery" and when you call they give you pricing for "bottom, mid, and top shelf strains" - not tiers of "suggested donations for delivery services" as claimed in their email to the INDY.
These guys are unregulated drug dealers and are the direct consequence of limited commercial cannabis access in a Post Amendment 64 world.
Dave Anderson would have been a better choice. This isn't the first time "Tar baby" Doug has represented us dismally.
This was a morality statement intended to ignore the will of majority voters in our County that approved Amendment 64. The sad irony is that this ban does not prevent the use or home cultivation of marijuana; it simply opts out of any local control of commercial facilities to supply the demand. This means a proliferation of home operations in neighborhoods will fill the void instead; risking mold, fire, and robbery damages in unregulated homes. Good bye property values, good bye revenues, goodbye small businesses. Thanks County Commissioners for your infinite, albeit shortsighted, "wisdom".
60 Minutes should cover how the medical marijuana industry salvaged our budget; turning on street lights and employing people in the 4th lowest wage paying city in the nation.
Our attorney General has his propaganda machine in full swing and is doing this type of seminar again - this time in Eagle. These poor folks in cities with bans don't even realize the crap he's spewing, talk about unethical. This man is a prohibitionist pawn.
Protect the Constitution, lay off the prosecution.
Don't you have bigger cases to solve Dan?
What happened to all the kids getting heroin at Cheyenne Mountain High School? There were no arrests, no convictions.
You want to protect the kids? Start there and leave cancer patients alone.
The DA should use proper discretion to try cases with our tax payer dollars. Clearly this man has a bias against marijuana and feels he has to make no concessions with defense attorneys on these cases. Serious waste of resources and a crying shame for citizens of El Paso County.
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