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It seems like everyone is missing the point here - The VFW is not upset at the offer from the city - They simply turned it down and wished to negotiate furher - That is, until "Incumbent" Councilor Willems opened his mouth and started throwing in his opinion. The VFW folks are upset that Willems spoke of them like they were old idiots. This is just another action in a long list of dumb moves by this councilor that has cost this city money, time and relationships. Just think, with one City Council meeting, Willems inability to keep his trap shut may have cost the Entire City Of Craig one of our best events - Widdle The Wood may be a thing of the past thanks to this joke of a Councilman.
You are overlooking a very important factor there matt - Those numbers you cited are for the entire countys, not cities. There are 1183 patients in Routt county (Hayden, Milner, Clark, Steamboat and everywhere in between) putting the true number at less than 1% of the populaltion, no where near your 10%. There are 222 patients in all of Moffat County (Craig, Maybell, Dinosaur and everything in between), which is also less than even 1% of the population. The very site you cited has the true percentages posted right there, next to those numbers. Your post assumes ONLY people in Craig and Steamboat have cards, which is ludicrous. More public figures twisting numbers and facts to their own gain.....why not just be honest when the truth is so easily available on a public state ran website?
Also, Colorado mountain college in steamboat has roughly 1400 students, and Mr. Willems stated nearly all of them had their cards.....I guess that means the only mmj patients in Rout County are the college students?
"However his statements, as quoted by the Daily Press do indicate that we have a growing problem in the Yampa Valley."
Just to illustrate my point, you apparently also rely upon the city council for information. And, because Mr. Willems lied about everything from more dispensaries being able to open in town, to the number of patients in Steamboat and their College, you now believe there is a growing problem, when in all reality, there is not any sort of issue in Craig.
"It's a shame that people are so quick to attack someone personally, instead of sticking to the facts and discussing the problem."
I'll assume that you are talking about Byron in this sentance, considering he personally attacked Steamboat Springs, their College, and MMJ patients (Going so far as to call them RATS). He also lied, and completly falsified information to push his personal agenda, and failed to discuss the problem at all.
Again, forget that this has anything to do with MMJ. A City Councilor LIED, and misrepresented fiction as fact. That is what this editorial is about. Not Marijuana, but the abuse of power by a councilor to further his own agenda. Many people look up to and rely upon to information provided by the city council. If we allow this now, when will it ever stop? Where is the accountability? What will happen when it's an issue YOU care about, and Councilors are allowed to say whatever they want, backed by fact or not? Opinions are one thing. Spouting false Statistics as fact in another issue entirely.
Ok, let's just completely ignore the fact that his comments were about Medical Marijuana, and focus solely on the fact that Mr. Willems lied as a public servant. What gives him the right to make up whatever he wants to substantiate his point of view? Imagine for a second that the issue here was abortion, or gun control, or any other number of controversial issues - Would it still be ok for Mr. Willems to completely fabricate information, simply to support his own point of view? He can argue against Medical Marijuana, or whatever else he wants, but he is obliged, required, and EXPECTED to educate the communtiy with facts, and not absolutle fabrications.
One HUGE thing you overlook when you talk about your "Fecal" Marijuana, is that 100% OF ALL Marijuana and Marijuana Products sold in Dispensaries must be grown or produced within the State Of Colorado. If the dispensary is doing business correctly, not a single piece of medicine from anywhere else should be sold in their stores. If you don't believe me, check out Colorados increase in Electricity consupmtion over the past few years - That says it for me. This is something I've been deeply interested in myself, as I really thought this Marijuana came from just where evere they could get it. I did not realize the sheer amount of Marijuana being produced within the State - It's almost overwhelming.
I did a lot of research into this subject and I also wrote a small article for a Denver based magazine about it. (Small time publication, yes, I wish it was the Denver post, lol) Of course, some dispensaries have gotten into trouble for being caught purchasing out of state marijuana. But in the small amount of cases, in each circumstance, it was Medical Marijuana being driven in from California. And if you know much about marijuana, you know that the marijuana produced in California is about as good as it gets - No "Feces" to be found. Any Medical Growers who are even slightly proud of what they do would never let even a piece of hair get into their Buds, let alone Human feces. The market is simply too saturated to bring sub-par product to the table. Regulated or not, their products speak for themselves.
The legislation you are mentioning, is being put into place to eliminate people who simply grow the Medical Marijuana and sell it to dispensaries. That's what I have learned through direct conversation with several Senate members. Never once, did they mention drafting this legislation to keep out the marijuana from South of The Border. That, again, is already illegal.
Ask yourself this - If the Marijuana being sold in dispensaries had "Feces and Urine" in it, would it really be Colorados #1 booming business right now? Do you really think people would continue to use a drug that had something like that in it? Google any number if dispensaries which post photos of their marijuana (Some with the aid of a 200-400X Digital microscope, which would certainly be able to detect any "feces" present) and prepare to be amazed.
I'm sure what you say is not unfounded however. There is bound to be some pretty bad things in the Illegal marijuana that is smuggled in from Mexico to be sold illegally, on the streets and in the bars of your home town. Over the course of my research, we heard stories about "Mexican Shwag" having everything from Gas, Gun Powder, rotten food, and, yes, even some "feces". Although no one was brave enough to find out if it was in fact, Humant or not :-)
So to sum all that up - Yes, there has GOT to be dinstinction these days.
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