Al Lender first ran into trouble when his request to grow medical marijuana on his 15-acre lot was denied by Fountain City Council last year. Angered by the decision, he lit into councilors during a meeting break; Councilor Harold Thompson allegedly responded by clocking Lender. (No charges were filed by the district attorney.)
The hits kept on coming, so to speak: Later that year, a citywide MMJ ban passed by the slimmest margin.
"Well, I wanted the commercial license for an optional grow facility, because I was part of a dispensary in the Springs," says Lender, referencing JP Wellness. "So I was gonna be their grow. So here I went forward and built the whole freakin' grow, and have a hell of an investment in it, and now I can’t do it."
So now Lender is on a mission to ask the city's voters in November if they don't want to, just maybe, change their mind.
“I went in [to the City Clerk's office] and found out what I needed," he says. "I need 269 [signatures] to put it back on the ballot, and that’s very easy to get.”
Despite only have been collecting for a few days, Lender's already up to 36 and says he's seeing widespread support as he goes about it. (If interested in participating, you can reach him on his cell at 661-5054.)
In the meantime, the Fountain resident's got a message for a certain City Councilor.
"I'm after that Harold Thompson; you know, he’s going to be running for re-election," Lender says. "So we’re just going to go out and clobber him any way we can. He’s on, like, every board there is in this universe in our city, and he’s been on them for like 25 years.
"Well, they just named a new sewer plant down here that they’re building in his name, Harold Thompson Sewer Plant. So after he hit me, you know, a lot of citizens came to me and said, 'He’s a disgrace, he shouldn’t have done that.' And then when they honored him with that name of that building, well what we’re doing now, we’re also gonna go get the signatures to submit to the [county] board to remove his name.”