Madison – A man in a purple bonsuit brought a guitar and entertained the council with songs.
There was a man in a wheelchair wearing a mask.
It was Edward “Lefty” Grimes, CEO of Sativa Cross, a nonprofit advocating for cannabis patients. And for the record, the guitarist named him Bonholeo.
Legalizing marijuana continues to be eventful for local governments.
In December, the city council rejected a First Choice Health and Wellness plan to develop a medical marijuana facility on Main Street. This came after many nearby residents denounced the idea as bringing crime, unwanted people, and general mayhem to the area.
Yes, this is just a medical facility, and to the outside world it would look like a clinic.
Local elected officials tend to agree with the group of people in front of them now, and that could have happened in December.
At the same time, I must point out that this is a thoroughly democratic council, and generally speaking, Democrats are less puritanical about these sorts of things than Republicans. Must go figure?
This set the stage for our meeting last week. At this meeting, the City Council basically adopted three ordinances that formalized the position that pot establishments of any kind were unwelcome in the borough.
But not before the hearing.
A handful of herbal advocates complained about “fear-mongering” at the last conference, highlighting how cannabis can help many people who are truly sick and suffering.
After that, I went to the main event.
Grimes, a masked left-hander, accused the council of discriminating against disabled veterans by “banning” medical care.
“God is watching,” he said.
Next, Bonholeo, who sang about the benefits of weeds, appeared.
The council seemed cool through many of these things, but some in the audience were less tolerant.
A woman who supports the council said she was worried about going home after seeing Lefty and his friends antics. opposed to
Democracy can be messy.
As noted, nearly all of the Council’s critics were from out of town. That was one of the obvious reasons why the council didn’t pay attention to them.
When the performance ended, the relevant ordinances were passed unanimously and no discussion took place.
Checking one of Lefty’s social media pages, it mentioned “fighting ignorance,” but also said he planned to return to Madison due to a problem he called “a wheelchair access problem.” rice field.
Borough Hall, officially the Hartley Dodge Memorial, was built 90 years ago.
I guess we’ll have to see if his next visit will also include music.
Footnote: Madison residents overwhelmingly supported the 2020 legal weed referendum.
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