Photo by Joseph LekarczykTrustee Ed Bruder, owner of the Colorado Care & Wellness center here in Lyons, concerned that some in the community might see his participation in the discussion of, and voting on medical marijuana issues that come before the Board of Trustees as a conflict of interest, read the following statement into the minutes of last week’s BOT meeting.
“I recognize that there may be the potential for an appearance of a conflict of interest. I own and operate a medical marijuana business here in Lyons. I will be recusing myself from the vote on this first reading of Ordinance 883. I want to reassure my fellow board members, the staff, and the public that I will be discussing with the Town Attorney the extent of my participation in the upcoming matters related to medical marijuana. I will evaluate each agenda item and the possible need for recusal on a case by case basis.”
“Furthermore, I take my commitment and obligation to this town, and to this board very seriously. I am confident that I will be able to appropriately navigate my participation and balance the fact that I am in a unique position, as a Trustee, as well as a medical marijuana patient, a caregiver, a dispensary owner, and someone who by many is considered an expert in the field of medical marijuana. I am completely sure I can be fair, unbiased and appropriate in any of my participation. For the record, I have spoken to a number of my constituents, and they have generally expressed their appreciation that I am on the board during the time the town will be determining the future of medical marijuana here in Lyons, and they are glad that I am part of the process.”