Longmont needs reasonable regulation for medical and recreational marijuana businesses in Longmont.
Read my guest opinion piece on cannabis descrimination in the Times-Call – The Scorge of Longmont.
(article submitted Oct 2016, printed November 18, 2016)
Longmont voters voted to regulate marijuana like Alcohol, yet they have to leave town and spend tax dollars in Boulder or Lyons. Shoppers from Greeley and beyond drive past Longmont to get to Boulder where they buy their legal cannabis products – and ALSO shop for clothes and cars and go to lunch.
We are missing out!
Regulation Makes it Work
We should regulate signage, location, and the number of retail businesses for whom we will issue licenses. We don’t need neon signs or buildings that are out of character. We don’t need obnoxious advertising or sign spinners. We do need the tax money, and we do need to respect the wishes of the voters.
Voters Chose to Regulate Like Alcohol!
It is important we respect the voters (58%) who overwhelmingly approved Amendment 64. Longmont is missing out on tax dollars and job opportunities & commercial/industrial space rental to surrounding municipalities.
We are sending money away to Boulder, Lyons, and County enclaves to appease a vocal minority. We are missing out on income for Longmont’s existing business that would provide services to this new industry.
Waiting too long will cost us more than money!
If Longmont doesn’t choose to regulate this soon, a voter initiative funded by commercial interests will write the law for us in the next election. Council needs to take the initiative and keep control of the process so we can place reasonable limits in order to keep Longmont the way we like it.
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