Thursday, June 17, 2010
Havre Business License Closer to Reality
Now just how will the city enforce this new requirement? The Planning and Development committee, chaired by Janet Trethewey, earlier required that all medical marijuana growers and dispensaries register with the city “within 10 days” or close up shop. As far as we can determine less than a half-dozen did so. What has the committee or the city done with the others that didn’t comply? Did they in fact close up shop? You already guessed it. They have done absolutely NOTHING to enforce this. Now here they come again with more requirements for legitimate businesses under the guise of “promoting orderly growth. In reality, probably no local business person will object to this requirement as there is, as of yet, no fee involved with this license. It would appear that the city council is doing allot of circling here trying to get a handle on the medical marijuana people.
Trethewey was quoted in the HDN as saying "We just need to know who's doing what where" What do you “need” to know? Who the Avon Ladies are? Will the firemen and teachers that moonlight in small after work enterprises also be identified? Or is this all driven by their quest to know where the pot-heads congregate? Isn’t that what the medical marijuana licensing was supposed to do?
One interesting aspect of these proposed business licenses is that they will be required to follow state and
Federal laws in order to keep their license. Do the marijuana people follow the federal law? The whiz chairman Trethewey had an answer for that also. She said that because President Barack Obama’s Administration will not prosecute medical marijuana users this ordinance will not stop Havre medical marijuana businesses from operating in Havre. I didn’t realize that chairman Trethewey was so well versed in federal law, and here I thought she was just a PE teacher at the college that recently made a name for herself turning our local University officials into the ACLU for making her endure a prayer at graduation.
The scary part is that her husband Jack is attempting to win a seat in the Montana House of Representatives. We are now of the opinion that one Trethewey in government is more than enough and we will be looking to Trethewey’s opponent Kristen Hansen to offer some alternatives come November.
Related story in tonight’s HDN here.