Vail Daily letter: Save our kids!
Vail, CO, Colorado
In August 2009 the first pot store opened in Edwards without any notice, local business registration, or county permit oversight. We learned of this new pot business only through a newspaper article telling us that it was providing medical marijuana to 69 registered Colorado permit holders in Eagle County. Prior to this new pot store, patients produced their own pot or picked up the phone and ordered their drugs with free delivery from Boulder. Today there are seven pot shops in Eagle County providing this service for 892 registered patients out of an estimated 50,000 residents as of latest public health records on Jan. 31, 2010.
One of the first pot shops is within 300 feet of a church in Edwards, and the county commissioners after approving new zoning laws last year have allowed this pot shop to remain in business with an exception to county zoning. Kids can see the pot shop doing business from their day-care playground.
The new Eagle Medical Marijuana Business Alliance, made up of the local pot store owners, held a voter registration at Paddy’s and provided free beer and food on Oct 3. However, they did not register as an issue committee with the Colorado Secretary of State in violation of election laws and are in the process of influencing our Nov. 2 election in Eagle County on ballot issue 1B. Stop 1B and save our kids!