Letter: Stand against Grand Lake area pot stores
October 29, 2015
Stand against Grand Lake area pot stores
To The Editor:
Did you know that there are currently three marijuana applications submitted to the county that are within three miles of the Town of Grand Lake? One will have a public hearing on Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. at Hot Sulphur Springs Board of County Commissioners Room. This application location doesn't even have an existing building on the property address.
It is very important that all residents, property owners of Grand County, and our county commissioners participate in opposing these applications. We need all of your voices to oppose these applications now and in the future. Why?
Residential areas are no places for any kind of marijuana operations at any time. These applications are right in the middle of large unincorporated mountain residential areas where children and seniors live on a year round basis. There is even a registered home child care business nearby two of these application locations.
This type of industry only brings an increase in crime and is a huge issue for our recovering community. Crime increases will put strains on our policing system, which would increase county sheriff budgets.
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These applications will have a negative effect on all the property values within a large radius around any kind of marijuana operation. Lower values mean a reduction in property taxes having a negative effect our county and town budgets.
These facilities may increase traffic on Highway 34, which is already a dangerous road due to summer tourists and winter snow, ice and visibility conditions. We have already lost one family man and single mom in the last 16 months on this ighway. We don't need to introduce more risks endangering all travelers on this stretch of Highway 34.
*Please let our commissioners know that these three applications are inappropriate in these areas and to deny these current and future applications now.
Please read the following findings put together by the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. Please pay special attention to the increase in traffic fatalities and the increase in emergency room/hospitals sections. These are some statistics that we cannot ignore. http://www.in.gov/ipac/files/August_2014_Legalization_of_MJ_in_Colorado_the_Impact(1).pdf.
Taking a stand,
Current open applications off of Highway 34 are:
Applicant: Grand Lake Management LLC; Location: 12525 US Highway 34; Legal Description, Pine Beach Subdivision, Lot 11, Block 4; License Type: Retail Marijuana Store.
Applicant: jc's YuYo dostipos LLC dba YuYo; Location: 12365 Highway 34, Grand Lake; Legal Description: Pine Beach Subdivision, Lot 13, Block 8; License Type: Retail Marijuana Store. Public Hearing Notice Date: Nov. 17, 3 p.m.
Applicant: MMK Limited dba Grand Life Solutions; Location: 10863 Hwy 34, Unit A, Grand Lake; Legal Description: Armstrong Subdivision Exemption, Lot 1; License Type: Retail Marijuana Store.