Re: “Save marijuana licenses for those who play by the rules” (editorial, 3-21).
I think the paper needs to rethink its opinion on marijuana licenses. House Bill 2000 would change a few sections of the voter-approved Initiative 502. At this point in time, the feds have approached the marijuana initiative in a wait-and-see mode. To me this means that so far we are not doing anything that they see as a major problem.
Yes, the Liquor Control Board needs to show how it’s going to regulate the whole process, but with those rules, the feds can mandate changes, not just shut the whole thing down.
The first change in HB 2000 is to the setback distance from 1,000 feet to 500 feet around schools, preschools, playgrounds and day cares. The feds have already indicated they like the 1,000 feet for medical sales from schools, so a change could trigger them coming in and shutting the whole thing down.
The second item the bill would change is to open up the sales of the permits to the highest bidder. To me that means not only large business but organized crime.
The state is already taking 75 percent off the top in taxes; this just makes it look even greedier.
I say leave the initiative as is for now and don’t legislate in something that will get the feds to shut it down before it even gets started.