Smith: Legal drug lords in Breckenridge?
Recently the trailer for “High Profits,” a series created by CNN that focuses on Breckenridge Cannabis Club, was brought to my attention. I have felt frustrated and concerned since I viewed this. I am concerned about any business owner feeling that he has control over any town official, and openly stating he has “swung our council.” The owner/partner also indicated that he intends to become the first “legal drug lord in America.” I do not know about anybody else but “drug lord” to me implies murderer. Is that really the type of businessperson any of us wants in our beautiful mountain town? He also said, “I would have to see five customers to earn what I get from one in the resort towns.” (I am paraphrasing.) Is it necessary to announce on national television that he is gouging our guests? I have been informed the Cannabis Club offers very generous discounts to locals.
Not only am I a business owner near Main Street in Breckenridge, I am also a parent raising two children in this community. It is very unnerving that the community I choose to call my home, raise my children in and have a private practice in (I am a mental health professional) is supporting any type of business that is run by a person who admittedly claims to own our local politicians, refers to himself as a legal drug lord and openly discusses gouging our guests. What is the message we are sending not only to our guests but to our community members. The state of Colorado put the cart before the horse when legalizing marijuana, and this business owner is living proof of why mandates needed to be in place prior to passing the law. Keep drug lords off of Main Street.
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