Learn your marijuana talking points

Posted by Bryce Crawford on Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 3:21 PM

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Colorado Springs City Council is scheduled to hear from the public regarding recreational marijuana at 4 p.m., Thursday, June 27, at City Hall. But before that happens, the Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council wants to make sure all its ducks are in row and quacking the same song, so it has scheduled the following:

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City Council (past) did a workmanlike job to assemble a task force to consider the needs of all stakeholders when the initial discussions on medical cannabis arose. From recent observations, it appears this was a fair and reasonable approach to take and the results have proven satisfactory with few reported problems.

City Council (present), admittedly a tad less 'progressive leaning' than the past council - has, so far, proven to be most willing to consider voter wishes as their guiding principle. Even though they may personally oppose the measure.

This willingness to work with the public may go a long way in erasing what has been an image of the region not conducive to drawing high dollar firms to the region. In fact, one must ask if 'image' - social and lifestyle non-inclusion, local government instability (city-county friction being legendary) - and the Bach-induced instability concerning what large firms may expect in utility rates is not what forced FaceBook to locate their next server farm in Des Moine, Iowa. They consume a lot of electricity. I think they may toke after work. Not sure. Seems reasonable.

They sure create a lot of revenue.

Our recent import from Iowa, Joe Raso has alluded to the region: " - - - struggling with a public relations perception" when it comes to luring national firms to the local area compared to Reno announcing 16 new firms, 2200 new jobs and close to 4 billion in new facility construction costs. What would those jobs bring the city in sales tax revenue? The region is not getting major national firms as it is.

The retired military generals stressing the fact the military will 'pull out' of the area - contradicted by current, active military at the Pentagon is somewhat curious in that those who are active are the ones dealing with the social issues of the troops - not Bentley Rayburn. The Pentagon, if reporting on this issue is accurate, seemed not to concerned with this issue at all - and the reporting source is generally thorough and precise, not prone to misleading the public.

The Regional Business Alliance stating major firms will not move to the area if recreational marijuana is allowed within city limits is also a matter of concern that brought forth no evidence of documentation this is indeed a fact. We asked in writing for clarification/documentation on this matter. Nothing was provided. Judging by the attitudes of those seen walking the campuses in Silicon Valley at Google, Facebook, Yahoo - - it is hard to see this being an issue.

With nothing really happening in the way of job creation, I would be far more concerned re: the possibility a number of high level economic development types are already 'floating' resumes to other cities where they might find career enhancement more lucrative due to forward thinking leadership in progressive cities.

Jobs. The area needs Jobs. We have retired generals. We need Zuckerbergs, a few Sergey Brins and one or two Marissa Mayers would help bring jobs to the region. Let's go for it. The Officer's Club is already full.

Please feel free to join our survey team and participate in the survey on Marijuana: Allow or Ban. Thank you.

http://obsurvey.com/S2.aspx?id=13E13CDC-78…

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Posted by Staci6 on 06/21/2013 at 4:25 PM
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