A group of El Paso County residents who want to keep medical marijuana dispensaries in the county are holding their campaign kick-offat 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Carnegie Room of the Penrose Library.
The group, Citizens for a Safer Community, wants people to vote no on County Question 1A, which would ban medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated parts of the county.
‘If passed this ban could put thousands of local people out of work, cause untold numbers of bankruptcies, harm the local economy, decrease government revenue and , most importantly, deny access to essential treatment for thousands of local people suffering from disease and sickness,” said Michael Elliott, spokesman for the group.
Mary McNeely, a disabled veteran of the Iraq War, will speak at the kickoff event, as will Audrey Hatfield, who suffers from partial epilepsy and Robert Tyler, a disabled Vietnam veteran. All three are medical marijuana patients.
Steve Hammers, president of Hammers Construction, will discuss why passage of 1A will cause loss of jobs, and Lono Ho-ala, a biochemist, author and Kahuna Priest, will speak about how passing the ban will drive medical marijuana business back into neighborhoods.