Dear Town of Lyons,
I am the owner of The Hair Company, and have been in business for 29 or 30 years. In that time the town has had many hard issues to handle of one kind or another. Some have pulled the town together, and others have divided us. The marijuana debate is another of the hard issues for the town to decide on what is best to do.
Making a business work in a small town is not easy under any circumstances, so I can understand where the MMJ businesses are coming from. I have gone to some of the meetings and listened to everyone and I have read the articles in The Lyons Recorder, and there was one question I had that was never asked or answered. So two weeks ago I went to one of the MMJ businesses down the street from my shop. The gentlemen there were very nice and answered my questions. The main one was, “Are the computers of all the MMJ businesses connected in a way that if someone went to one dispensary and bought the legal amount there, then went to another one to buy more (if they had the money to do so), would the computers show the previous purchase?” The answer was no, the computers are not connected at this time. The Colorado government is trying to make that happen with the bill they are putting together to regulate MMJ, so at some point they will have to connect, but until then it is not going to happen. They also said that once the product left their business they had no control over it, and that is very true.
I have heard and read that some are very critical and judgmental about Pastor Mickey Lohr. Everyone who knows Mickey knows how much he loves the town and how important the kids are to him. He poured his heart out to help the kids and adults alike. Our town is a better place because of Mickey and people like him. The letter written by Cassi Rosenkrans was excellent and right on the mark. I agree with everything she wrote.
I hear that our Mayor is leaning to regulate rather than ban, so we will not put a burden on neighboring towns. Yet in the Times Call on the front page of Feb. 9, “Pot Shops Going Up In Smoke?” Longmont is not concerned about how it will affect us if they put a ban on all MMJ stores. So why are we worried about them and the affect it will have if we ban MMJ stores here in Lyons? We need to do what is best for Lyons, all of our businesses (not just the MMJs), and our community as a whole. There was a statement made by a young lady who said she and her husband moved here because of the marijuana here. We have so much more to offer and draw people here, the wonderful parks, festivals, bike and walking trails, all the improvements the town has made on Main Street, and that is what I would hope would draw people here. Our town government has worked so hard to make the town not only look great, but also welcoming. I feel a ban would preserve our good image, which is what I thought we were working toward. The people who are sick and in pain can still get the medical marijuana from their caregivers for their health needs without all the dispensaries in town. None of us are trying to harm those who really need it so their life is easier. The main question is what image do we want and how do we protect our teenagers who believe they are in control of their lives and are smart enough to know what is best for them, just like we did when we were teenagers. I pray that our Mayor and the members of the Town Board can come up with the best solution to this problem we are all facing.