Craig Editorial Board, July 2009 to September 2009
- Bryce Jacobson, newspaper representative
- Joshua Roberts, newspaper representative
- Collin Smith, newspaper representative
- Kim McMurtrey, community representative
- Doris Zimmerman, community representative
- Nancy Hettinger, community representative
A dispensary for medical marijuana is now open in Craig, a new business venture that should be neither celebrated nor encouraged.
Craig resident Shaun Hadley and his business partner, Larry Hill, of Longmont, opened Craig Apothecary on Saturday.
Paving the way for the dispensary's opening was a 2000 vote in which Colorado voters approved a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana.
Emotions about the issue of medicinal marijuana sometimes run high, and Tuesday night at the Craig City Council meeting was an example.
Opponents and proponents alike had their say, sometimes heatedly, before the governing body, which ultimately approved implementing a moratorium on dispensaries.
The moratorium won't affect Craig Apothecary because it opened before the moratorium was implemented.
It does, however, prevent more dispensaries for 60 days, which city officials will use to further study the dispensary issue.
The Editorial Board supports the council's decision on the dispensary. This issue requires more research, information and thought.
Board members do not support the idea of an unregulated dispensary, especially in our community, an area that has been battered by the plague of methamphetamine use and distribution.
But given that the Craig Apothecary appears to have met all legal requirements, it's hard to fathom much standing in the way of the dispensary conducting business.
Given that, the Editorial Board is in favor of the City Council implementing as many safeguards as possible regarding the new business.
If the business has to be here, it needs regulations that are going to prevent the drug from falling into the hands of recreational users.
Legitimate customers are one thing - someone using it to have a good time is another.
That means bolstered security measures to limit robberies.
That means regular compliance checks on the business so it's confirmed that only people who are legally allowed to have the drug get it.
That means keeping youths out of the business and limiting its visibility and exposure.
One thing that's assuring - Hadley's statement Tuesday night to the City Council that he's willing to comply with regulations, so long as his business isn't required to move locations.
That's a start in the right direction.
If the business is going to be here, it should at least operate under rules the council - and the community - find acceptable.