On a night when Mount Vernon City Council was told it will be inevitable that the city will have to “borrow” money from itself to cover expenditures in 2017, six members of Mount Vernon City Council cut off a possible revenue stream that could have helped both the city and the county financially.
With no expectation to perform their due diligence, those same six council members refused to delay the vote to ban medical marijuana business until state rules on dispensaries are finalized. This was not surprising when you consider remarks made by some members of council making it clear they did not read at least the summary of the medical marijuana bill. Citing federal law that makes marijuana illegal as a reason to approve the ban, council members ignored the Department of Justice’s recommendation to “not prosecute those who distribute marijuana for medical purposes in accordance with state laws.” In addition, the DOJ said in 2013, it would not challenge state laws on medical marijuana as long as states enforce the laws. Council was negligent by not only failing to read the bill or the summary, but by not being able to discern the difference between marijuana and medical marijuana.