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Did you just say California is laughing at Colorado?!
.......you do realize you're sitting in the state with the loosest cannabis regulations in the country, right?! You don't even need a license to open a medical cannabis store in some areas in California. They have an entire county that is well known for the cannabis it produces, and which law enforcement turns a blind eye. Good ol' Humbolt county. So, if they're laughing, it's because they got a hold of some of this Colorado cannabis.
This isn't about alcohol or drugs. It's about a non-harmful substance called cannabis. I'm also completely shocked that a former law enforcement officer would lump marijuana with alcohol and other narcotics. How many times did you have to wrestle a stoner to the ground throughout your career? Did you ever receive disturbing the peace calls about large groups of hippies playing drum circles and fighting? Perhaps a group of "high" maniacs attempted to steal a case of Cheetos from Kum and go?
I'd guess not.
You're absolutely correct. There is a GREAT deal of death, sickness, societal and law enforcement costs related to alcohol and tobacco. Which has absolutely nothing to do with this argument or cannabis.
Do you think not having a recreational cannabis store in Craig will reduce the amount of people smoking or driving under the influence of cannabis? You're dead wrong. They're gonna go ahead and still use cannabis - but they're just gonna drive to steamboat to get it instead of walking down the street. And if you're REALLY worried about keeping high drivers off the roads, let's give them a local option.
We can't be certain how many "fuddy duddies" (sp?) are against it and how many "fuddy duddies" are for it until we put it to a vote. That's what I want. If the town really doesn't want this, let them show it in the polls.
A quick search on google reveals ZERO fatal accidents attributed to Cannabis in Colorado. It's true that it's showing up in more peoples systems, however in not one case was it cited as the cause of the accident. There has also been a massive decrease in fatal accidents, period, since 2004, and an even more noticeable decrease in both alcohol related DUIs and accidents all together in 2014.
Also, As a matter of fact, Dennis, crime is down is all areas where recreational marijuana is sold - http://guardianlv.com/2014/05/colorado-marijuana-sales-up-crime-down/
Although I believe some of your extreme ideas would, in fact, generate a great deal of revenue, I can imagine their societal costs being too great to gain much support, Dennis, so you may need to do some more work on changing minds. Especially the meth lab one. Cannabis, thus far, has been proven to have no societal impact, and has even reduced them in some cases.
In a recent sting in several areas where recreational cannabis was sold, 100% of the businesses who were involved in the sting told the underage person to get lost. The last time I checked, almost every single alcohol licensed business in Craig had at one point failed a sting for underage kids buying liquor - You should be asking them not to sell to the kids, because we sure don't.
I've sent over 5000 people to Steamboat since January, who came in search of Recreational cannabis. Potential customers included a gentleman from Canada, a family from Germany, and folks from every single state across the US, with the exception of Maine and Rhode Island. I tell them "Craig doesn't allow recreational cannabis sales" I then recommend a great restaurant in Steamboat, tell them that Gas is a little cheaper there, and direct them to the location of Several hotels in the Steamboat area. And they happily drive the extra hour, to spend alllll of their out of state money over there. It's time we worry about this Towns future, and stop worrying about a 80 year old Stigma.
Over 40 new jobs paying more than half a million dollars in wages and over half a million dollars in Taxes, all going directly to Oak Creek. Within 3 years, Oak Creek will no longer be the broke down, dying town it once was, all thanks to Cannabis. The warehouse Mr Rogers is refurbishing was previously occupied by my Store, Craig Apothecary, and had Craig not chosen to ban recreational cannabis sales, those jobs and those Tax dollars would have belonged to Craig. This town is slowly going away. Family dollar is gone, KMart is next. We can't even fill a room with enough people for a free conference on how to start and run businesses because people are already well aware that this town is near certain doom to any new business. Federal regulation on mining and power plants will soon cause even more recession in this town. Jobs are near impossible to find, let alone one that pays more than $8 an hour. What's next for Craig? Where do we go from here? I see no other opportunities for this town at any point in the near future. Hunting tourism has peaked and plateaued, no new jobs are on the horizon, and even the college has vastly under performed in term of enrollment.
If you had even seen Colfax Avenue in Denver previous to 2009, I ask that you check it out next time you are there. Cannabis has completely and totally revitalized that entire part of town. Warehouses that once stood empty for a decade, are now flourishing grow houses, that have been remodeled and employ hundreds of Coloradians. Store fronts that had broken windows and sun bleached for rent signs are now home to high class, multi million dollar recreational cannabis stores. And it's not just the dispensary owners - grow supply stores have sprung up all across Denver, Voo Doo doughnuts came all the way from New Orleans to open right downtown, and I have never seen it without a line that is an hour long. New businesses open every day, DIA recorded it's busiest month EVER during April of this year and I have never in my life seen so many human beings in that town. The economy in towns and cities with Recreational marijuana is booming at unprecedented rates. No one came close to predicting the amount of money that cannabis has generated, not just from sales tax, but also the new opportunities that come with it. This is not a trend - Tax numbers for cannabis have not only remained steady, they have gone up each and every month since January 2014. It's time we get our piece of this pie. We shouldn't have to fund our own July 4th fireworks when there's thousands of out of staters waiting to come here, buy some cannabis, and happily pay that 20% plus tax (Which Craig could even add an additional tax to, if it so chose, generating even more tax revenue for the City)
Two words - recreational marijuana.
Keep in mind that the maintenance crew at the cemetery will remove anything that makes it difficult for them to mow, remove snow, or upkeep the cemetery. It could just be as simple as that. It's happened to us too, but when we checked with the cemetery, this is what we were told.
Sorry guys, the State of Colorado saw right through your lies about Marijuana. Colorado will be known as a State who stood up and chose Freedom, not the marijuana state. You guys should be glad - You can now worry about bigger and better things than Marijuana - As you pointed out yourselves, marijuana is simple, and is dangerous in no way at all, so why fight it? The people have spoken, and now it's time for you all to re-evaluate your stance on Marijuana. It's here to stay, like it or not.
I don't really see this as an attack on nightclubs at all - I think that Craig would actually benefit from a high class, modern, professional club or bar, regardless of my opinion of alcohol or bars (I wouldn't mind in the least if they ALL got closed). My personal problem with this club, is the owner, and his actions. Alcohol KILLS, and if he is willing to blatantly lie to obtain the right to sell it, who is to say he will not blatantly break laws as well and deal his poison to whomever he sees fit? And this is not even taking into account the sheer idiocy required to lie on a background check in the first place - They actually check the background checks, surprisingly enough. Or the fact that the state had to take this deadbeat dads drivers license away to force him to support his own children. This guy should reap what he sowed, and he should lose every penny he invested towards it. Perhaps if he had put the cash that he spent setting the place up towards his child support, he would not have had to lie in the first place. I bet the couple hundred bucks he prematurely spent painting a Horse with a jockey on it's back (Huh? Tarangos Horse Track?) on the front window would have bought his children some nice things.
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