Maynard Short: Business a sham
April 11, 2010
The responses by the new Oak Creek Town Board members to the medical marijuana question posed by the Steamboat Pilot & Today were specious.
They all essentially said that it is Colorado state law and, therefore, they are not accountable for their decision; that the Town Board was forced into making a positive decision; that they concur with the decision of the board; that they researched it thoroughly; that the town needs the revenue.
All of these comments or arguments are ignoring the fundamental fact that the town is allowing into its community a business that is to sell an illegal substance to a presumed medical subset of people. I defy each board member individually or as a group to show me the market analysis that shows a market for "sick" people who need medical marijuana in this community. It is a sham and you all know it.
The Town Board has given tacit approval for the use of marijuana beyond the medical.
Think of the way the teenagers and pre-teens look at board members. Think of the model that they have become for the community.
What if someone wanted to start an abortion clinic in the downtown business area? What if someone wanted to start a pornographic store? What if a restaurant/bar wanted to start a topless dancing program?
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All of these are legitimate businesses under the state law. And they all would add to the sales tax of Oak Creek.
Would the Town Board permit these types of operations as cavalierly as it has passed the so-called medical marijuana business license? I think not.
I do not live in Oak Creek, but as a citizen of South Routt, I strongly object to the board's decision and the path it has taken.
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