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The talking heads always profess to understand, and speak in defense of, the ubiquitous "will of the voters." That's certainly been true in the debate over medical marijuana. But who knows what you're thinking better than you do?

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Deb Courtney
Holland Park

Technology project manager

Is the medical marijuana debate a big deal, or much ado about nothing? Much ado about nothing. I think that legalizing marijuana and creating a tax base will substantially benefit the city. If we can't collect trash in our parks, and keep our streetlights running, why would we possibly turn away a source of income from a tax base that's perfectly willing to pay it?

Do you think locals should vote on whether or not it belongs here? Didn't we already do that? I don't see a reason to vote on it again. If crime is not rising, [and] the tax base is increasing, I don't see a problem.

Do you know anyone who's used MMJ to manage health? Yes, for chronic pain.

If you had chronic pain, would you consider using it? Maybe. I have asthma, so it's not something I tend to have in my life as far as a smokeable, but if I thought it was medically useful for me, then absolutely.

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Kasidi McKnight
Central

Buyer for bookstore

Is the medical marijuana debate a big deal, or much ado about nothing? Much ado about nothing. Because people are going to do it either way, whether it's legal or not. I think regulating it just allows the state to get tax dollars off it, so I think it's benefitting us in that way.

Do you think locals should vote on whether or not it belongs here? Yeah, I do think that they have say in it, and I believe they've already voted, so it should be over with.

Does the proliferation of centers worry you at all? It doesn't bother me, as long as they're following the guidelines, staying away a certain amount from schools. If churches want it kept away from them, too, I feel like they have that right.

Do you know anyone who's used MMJ to manage health? I know a lot of people with back pain, and it's really helping them out. It's not necessarily the smoking of it, but the edibles that they enjoy.

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Ann Davenport
Manitou Springs

Communications officer

Is the medical marijuana debate a big deal, or much ado about nothing? Much ado about nothing. I think that it's something that people can take or leave as they personally choose. I'm not sure that it really needs to be a decision that one group of society should make for society as a whole.

Do you think locals should vote on whether or not it belongs here? Yeah, I think everyone should speak their individual opinion.

Does the proliferation of centers worry you at all? No. The ones that aren't any good will go out of business — it's a free-market economy. I think it will be like anything else. I'd rather see a proliferation of bookstores, but ...

Do you know anyone who's used MMJ to manage health? A friend of mine has really chronically painful cramps every month, and so she gets it for that, and she says it's been an incredible help to her.

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