I have not been a supporter of the proposed marijuana dispensary in Princeton, and I have been concerned about the reasons offered by the mayor and some city council members in favor of the dispensary.
It was suggested that a majority of people want the dispensary by voting yes in a Facebook poll. This poll received about 1,400 responses with around 1,100 in favor.
However, the poll was not well announced to those of us not using Facebook, and if a majority is claimed, I struggle to understand that with a town of 7,545 residents, 5,871 of whom are registered to vote, the math works out that 1,100 supporters constitutes a majority.
For this reason, if nothing else, city council members need to consider if they are dealing with a legitimate desire to have the dispensary in town.
Further, I have not yet seen a list of the online supporters to simply know if they are residents and of legal voting age.
Further, it has been stated the dispensary would be “good for the community.” No one in favor of the issue has provided concrete reasons clarifying this “good.” If it is an economic good, the council only needs to review reports such as the Centennial Institute in Colorado (2018) showing that, indeed, the economic costs of having legalized marijuana far outweigh any collected taxes.
The choice to be made is clear: Do we, as an overmedicated United States citizenship, want to give tacit approval to yet another drug and pretend there are no consequences?
Review the facts. The answer is no.