Letter: Equal protection from booze
Now that the Glenwood Springs City Council has unequivocally denied (6-1) the two marijuana retail outlets in the downtown core, a 14th Amendment issue of “equal protection” and “due process” has emerged in regards to a liquor license application made by the Eagles Saloon located on Seventh Street. The public hearing for the renewal of the saloon’s liquor license is scheduled for 2 p.m. July 8 at City Hall.
Based upon the equal protection clause when juxtaposed with the logic in the council’s decision to deny Green Dragon and Recreational Releaf Dispensary Bar; (that the community is “already well served” and additional retail outlets of marijuana will “damage the family atmosphere of GWS”) establishes a de facto constitutional rights precedent whereby the City Council must now deny the Eagles Saloon liquor license application because Seventh Street is “already well served” with on-site liquor sales next door to the Eagles Saloon: The Riviera, Juicy Lucy’s, the Pullman and the Hotel Denver.
If the council’s desire is to protect families from the dangers of marijuana, then under the equal protection clause, families are also entitled to be protected by the council from public drunkenness. It is a well-known fact the Eagles Saloon is a constant source of public drunkenness at night around the pedestrian bridge the City Council projects as a “family area.” Furthermore, police 911 calls to break up drunken brawls at the Eagles Saloon is a common occurrence.
Accordingly, what is good for the goose is also good for the gander. The downtown core is “already well served with barstools and whiskey” without relicensing the Eagles Saloon. Therefore, under the 14th Amendment (in order to protect families from exposure to public drunks) and just as Green Dragon and Recreational Releaf Dispensary Bar were denied, the Eagles Saloon liquor license must be also be denied.
Carl L. McWilliams
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