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Letter: Stand up and be heard

I guess there is a first time for everything. I have been tempted a number of times to write a letter to the paper but never did. I feel now is the time.

I understand that the majority (10 percent) voted in favor of marijuana sales, but that did not mean they expected unlimited control of the number of shops in a community.

Some people compare the marijuana shops to liquor stores. Well, if one wants to open a liquor store, one of the regulations is that they prove a “needs of the neighborhood.” That did not include the entire city. It was obvious from the hearing on the license request at 919 Grand Ave. the “neighborhood” did not feel there was a need. An argument given at the City Council meeting regarding more marijuana licenses was that there were no shops on the West side of Grand. That should prove the need?

It is interesting that of the seven liquor stores in town only two are on Grand Avenue, and they are located south of 19th street. I am not including the convenience stores or grocery stores that sell 3.2 beer. One last thing I will mention, unless the law has been changed, is that an individual in Colorado can hold only one liquor license, and it covers only one location. That includes corporations (considered a person).

The City Council has a meeting scheduled on July 2. People need to attend that meeting if they don’t want to see the rejection of the license request at 919 Grand overturned, and make their voices heard.

Bill Coleman

Glenwood Springs


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