by Pam Zubeck
First, Mayor Steve Bach likened retail sales of recreational marijuana to porn. Then, he said major employers might pull out or others might not relocate here if retails sales are allowed.
Finally, Bach said marijuana wipes out the memories of young people for life.
So how do you top that? Six retired military officers told City Council today that retail sales aren't good for the military's efforts to maintain good order and discipline. Considering Colorado Springs has put a lot of military eggs in its economic development basket, the idea of losing a base or a brigade or even defense contractors might put the fear of job loss in elected officials.
Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Larry Fortner said the next round of Base Realignments and Closures, which could come in 2015 or 2017, might factor in retail sales of marijuana, leading to a loss of jobs, soldiers and airman to other bases.
"Commanders and all military are concerned about the effects on their people and the installations of Amendment 64," he said.
Anyway, various speakers — both for and against retail sales — went on for nearly two hours today. They showed up at Council thinking today was the day councilors would hear them out at a public hearing.
Not so. Council President Keith King said Council will hold a public hearing on the matter June 27, followed by a work session on July 8. Then, on July 23, Council will take action. That could include deciding to adopt retail sales regulations, rejecting the idea or choosing to place a moratorium on things until more study can take place.