Another phony controversy
Friday, Jun 6, 2014
* The state’s medical marijuana law mandates just 22, enclosed, high-security, high-tech cultivation centers be built. They’re multimillion-dollar affairs. You can’t just start planting seeds on an open field. In my opinion, the law is way overly cautious, but whatever.
One of those facilities is being proposed in St. Clair County, on the outskirts of the tiny town of Marissa (population 2100 or so). If you click here and roam around, you’ll see that the only thing besides empty land close to the proposed site is a Masonic lodge. It’s out in the middle of nowhere.
The proposed facility would be owned by a man who also owns two “regular” greenhouses nearby. He’s not some fly by night guy.
* But, of course, the local paper went looking for an opponent…
Mr. Baker most certainly has a right to express his opinion. And some folks just don’t like the idea of this new and “different” industry popping up in the cornfields.
But as I said above, this is not gonna be some thrown together weed joint. Employees will have to undergo background checks, so “undesirables” aren’t likely to be milling about. Yes, there will be traffic, but what does that mean? J-O-B-S. Marissa’s unemployment rate is 8.6 percent. How about we create some well-paying jobs and in the process ease the suffering of the sick? Maybe Mr. Baker, who lives 23 miles by car away from Marissa, can put some new service-related businesses on his adjacent land to take advantage of those new jobs. Maybe make some money for himself. Create some of his own new jobs.
Illinois is in desperate need of new jobs. Let’s not go backwards.