Campaign starts to oppose marijuana ban

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.

3 Responses to Campaign starts to oppose marijuana ban

  1. El Paso County is now with a Poverty Rate as high as it has been in five years. One needs bullet-proof glass and full body armor to travel safely through SE Colorado Springs. Working in a convenience store is more dangerous than being a logger. 27,000 people are out of work – can’t find work.

    At what point do we realize those at the county level are not cutting the mustard? The time for the private sector/business community to provide direction to local government on what are and are not priority issues seems to be at hand.

    Rick Wehner
    September 29, 2010 at 11:07 am

  2. Opposing the marijuana ban is just one more conservative effort to run this city and everyone and everything in it! They just cannot grasp the fact that it is the law and they will do everything they can to get rid of the dispensaries! They will do it in the name of public safety and what other lame excuses they can come up with! They don’t want anybody else having any input in the discussion because they know what is right for Colorado Springs and that’s that! It’ a real shame that ordinary citizens don’t have any say so as to whether the dispensaries are banned or not and certain city officials and groups will ultimately make the decision for us!

    September 29, 2010 at 2:44 pm

  3. This dispensary ban is just another effort of the ultra conservatives to impinge upon our personal rights. The citizens of Colorado voted to support Medical Marijuana years ago. There has been no increase in crime related to the presence of these highly regulated dispensaries.

    Currently dispensaries and grows are locateed in commercial and industrial areas. A ban on dispensaries will force a few licensed dispensaries to become hundreds of unregulated grows and caregivers located in residential neighborhoods. It’s not a matter of banning Medical Marijuana. It is a matter of where it will be located. I think a NO vote on 1A is the right choice.

    October 2, 2010 at 12:23 pm