Pubdate: Fri, 14 Dec 2012
Source: Fort Collins Coloradoan (CO)
Copyright: 2012 The Fort Collins Coloradoan
Author: Tim Dougherty


After Amendment 64 was passed, medical dispensaries quickly looked to
reopen. Owners adjusting to new laws and regulations needed permits to
reopen. I firmly believe this is smart and actually good for the
community; having a regulated and controlled retailer for this new
product will help keep it off the streets and away from minors. As an
18-year-old senior at Fossil Ridge High School, I've learned and
reviewed all of the laws and rules regarding marijuana. All of these
strict provisions are smart and perfect to keep this drug away from
the kids of the community. These dispensaries will ultimately create a
great profit for Fort Collins.

Elder members of the community only look at the bad facts; they don't
see the bright side of this healing drug and what it can do for all of
us. To the dispensaries attempting to reopen: Kudos and good luck to
you. When tobacco was first introduced, many people feared and wanted
nothing to do with it, but years later this crop became "gold," and it
helped America boom into what it is now. So give marijuana a chance
and allow it to rebuild this debt, starting with the shops of Fort

Tim Dougherty, Fossil Ridge High School student
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