Mayor has his head in the sand
Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 06:00 am
Mayor Nolan Crouse should not waste city money to appeal the bong shop bylaw of St. Albert. The Mayor says, "why is this lost that what council is trying to do is build a community for the youth?"
First, this bong shop is selling paraphernalia to consenting adults 18 years or older. Second, if he is trying to build a community for the youth, why are there nearly 20 liquor stores in St. Albert? The problems related to alcohol are far, far worse. Just ask a police officer. Further, there is a trend toward softening cannabis laws. Nearly one third of U.S. states have decriminalized personal amounts of cannabis, and in two states it is now legal to possess for recreational use. There are several paraphernalia shops on Whyte Avenue, several in West Edmonton Mall, and at least one on Jasper Avenue. Are you really so naive as to think removing a paraphernalia store is a real solution?
Mr. Crouse, take your head out of the sand. It offends me as a taxpayer of this city that you wish to use my taxes to pay to remove a business that I frequent. We are grown adults, and we don't need our mayor to try being our surrogate mother. If the business isn't bankrupt, there must be a logical reason for it. They're paying taxes, and those taxes are helping our community. Would you prefer to drive this business underground, making cash sales and not paying any taxes at all? Or do you have a fantasy that if you push this store out of St. Albert, the several hundreds or maybe thousands of potheads will vanish overnight?
Jeff Morris, St. Albert