HTTP/1.0 200 OK Content-Type: text/html Davis Not Pleased With Pot Initiatives
Pubdate: Fri, 16 Nov 2007
Source: Idaho Mountain Express (ID)
Copyright: 2007 Express Publishing, Inc
Author: Terry Smith, Express Staff Writer
Bookmark: (Marijuana)
Bookmark: (Marijuana - Medicinal)
Bookmark: (Decrim/Legalization)


Mayor-Elect Cites Abuse of Medical Marijuana Use Elsewhere

The people have spoken, but mayor-elect Rick Davis thinks the passage 
earlier this month of marijuana reform initiatives will harm the city 
of Hailey.

"We definitely got national attention, but is that the kind of 
attention that is going to draw new business here? I don't think so," 
said Davis, a 16-year City Council veteran elected Hailey's mayor on Nov. 6.

Hailey voters approved three marijuana reform initiatives on election 
day: one to legalize medical use of marijuana, another to legalize 
industrial use of hemp and a third that would make enforcement of 
marijuana laws the city's lowest police priority.

The electorate voted down a fourth initiative that would have 
required the city to tax and regulate sales and use of marijuana and 
that may have paved the way for full legalization of the drug.

Davis said he especially objects to the medical marijuana issue.

"I guess what I think about it is what I have seen in other 
communities that have passed medical marijuana initiatives--that it 
is heavily, heavily abused by those who use if for other than medical 
purposes. I think it's dangerous."

The approved initiatives are not the law yet in the Hailey. In fact, 
the initiatives specify that a Community Oversight Committee be 
formed to hammer out the details of implementation.

City officials are drafting a statement that will outline how the 
city will deal with the matter.

City Clerk Heather Dawson said the statement is still being reviewed 
by City Attorney Ned Williamson and likely won't be available until next week.

"There are some options that are being investigated," said Davis. 
"I'm not an liberty to go into them now and we'll just have to see 
how it works out. It's a very, very complex issue and there are a lot 
of issues that haven't yet come to light that show the negative ramifications."

Davis said he expects the initiatives to be costly for the city.

"There's going to be litigation and the citizens of Hailey are going 
to have to pay for it one way or another," he said. "It's still 
illegal federally and statewide and I just don't know how it's going 
to shake out." 
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