On Wednesday, June 5, at 7 p.m., our town council is going to vote to permanently ban a recreational marijuana business. The reason for the ban is because of the Colorado Municipal League (CML) newsletter dated April 19 which states "the real implementation [of Amendment 64] actually will take place at the local level."
Somehow, this council feels that the Town of Crawford does not possess the resources to regulate such a business. Yet in 2011, town attorney Jim Brown created a sweeping 10-page document that addressed this very issue. Mr. Brown, paid by our tax dollar, created a brilliant ordinance that provided this town, should it choose, with the following resources —
Page 1 = lawyer talk
. . . no offense.
Page 2 reserves the town's right to license or prohibit such a business at any time, regardless of any existing state license, while protecting the town from any potential prosecutions.
Pages 3-5 define who will be allowed to apply for such a license in our town.
Pages 6-7 describe the application process, including fingerprinting, background checks, inspections, fees, hearings.
Pages 8-9 define the town's authority in regards to oversight of this business, and grants to every person in Crawford the right to lodge a complaint against this business.
Page 10 reserves the town's right to limit licensing to one business.
As four of the six voting members of this council joined after this ordinance was created, they seem unaware that the document even exists. I need to ask, publicly, each of them these three questions:
1. Are you aware of the 2011 ordinance that addresses the 2013 CML newsletter?
2. If so, have you read the entire 10 pages of the 2011 ordinance?
3. If so, what valid concerns remain? How can you vote to ban?
Amendment 64 passed in this county, and it passed in this district. I am appalled that our council would follow the lead of other Delta County councils ... yes, this is an American democracy, where majority rules, except when we few don't like it. Ban it. Oh, well, marijuana is illegal under federal law. So our vote does not count, our council does not represent us ... it represents some Washington politician who died 50 years ago?
Instead of complaining about the community's children spray painting and vandalizing, why does our council not regulate this one business, gather that money and build a youth center? All the while sending the clear message by heavily regulating. "Do not use this potentially harmful drug until you are an adult, and can understand what it will do to you." Just like all the other drugs — tobacco, alcohol, prescriptions, etc. Regulation will also help with the lynch mob mentality we see from opponents of marijuana. Stop making up reasons to hate your neighbor for growing a flower; it's a small town. And this council must not ban due to a lack of resources, when the resources have existed since before most of them even joined the council.
Jay C. Ziegler
(Editor's note: According to the Delta County clerk and recorder's office, Amendment 64 FAILED in Delta County by a margin of 56-44 percent. It also failed by one vote in Precinct 17, which includes the Town of Crawford.)blog comments powered by Disqus