Let’s not pass up this chance for a new industry
October 28, 2010
We have the “Look” campaign for buying goods and services locally advertised in the newspaper and all over the county right now. It would be a shame to completely prohibit a new form of retail business, curtailing potential jobs and tax revenue while forcing residents to travel outside the county to purchase medical marijuana. If those residents have to make a trip out of town anyway, I’m sure they will be buying groceries, haircuts, oil changes, snow boots, and birthday presents along the way.
Strict requirements for security, cameras, background checks, scales, bills of lading, and business licenses enacted by Colorado’s recent House Bill 1284 will make it quite difficult for anyone not in possession of a state-issued medical marijuana license to acquire marijuana from these facilities. It will be quite difficult for marijuana to “fall off the truck” and mysteriously disappear, ending up in black market deals. Concerns about location, signage, size, additional security, and utilities usage for medical marijuana facilities can be addressed with planning and zoning.
The citizens of Kremmling, Grand Lake, and Winter Park have decided not to allow medical marijuana facilities in their municipalities. The voters of unincorporated Grand County, Granby, and Fraser have a chance to monopolize all that potential business for themselves.