The Planning Commission in Colorado Springs is not only looking out for the welfare of the citizens, they’re going all out to make sure that Colorado Spring doesn’t sell its soul to the devil.
Apparently this involves making it almost impossible to find a location for a medical marijuana dispensary.
The commission recommended a 1,000-foot buffer zone between dispensaries and schools, including preschools, colleges and universities. […]
The commission also recommended the same 1,000-foot setback between dispensaries and all residential child care facilities and drug and/or alcohol treatment facilities, which could include places where Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held.
But they’re pretty despondent, because they know that the City Council will probably over-ride them â€” not because the idea is stupid, not because they want to prevent sick people from getting medicine, but because they’ll get licensing fees from the dispensaries, which is apparently the hardest bargain they are able to negotiate with the devil for the souls of Colorado Springs.
Commissioner Carla Harstell said the council seems motivated “by one thing and one thing only” when it involves medical marijuana: revenue.
“I think we’re selling our soul to the devil if we make all our decisions based on how much money we’re going to get from a business,” she said.
You know, selling your soul to the devil used to mean something.
Of course, those who have followed so-called “drug free zones” know that the notion of zones is just a fancy way of trying to legislate something out of existence. I fail to understand the value of requiring a heavy regulated place that provides medicine to sick people to be far away from schools.