As a shop owner in the Freighthouse Square, and also as a registered nurse, I am totally embarrassed by our community leaders for allowing a marijuana distributor to open shop in the Freighthouse Square.
You know the Freighthouse Square. It is the three-block-long “family shopping center” with the circus clowns painted on the end of it, inviting all families with young children to come and play.
And play they do. Because right next to the marijuana store is the Lego play area for young children. And further down the hall is the dance studio for – yes – more children.
When families bring their kids into my coin and hobby shop and complain about the smell, I know that these are customers who will never return. But that is not the reason for this letter. It is the failing system that allows children to be exposed to drugs and to their users.
(Brandt owns the American Rare Coins & Collectibles at Freighthouse Square.)