Will Crystal Lake Become a Wide Open Pot Town?

On the Crystal Lake City Council agenda on Tuesday night is the following

2020-197 UDO TEXT AMENDMENT – PUBLIC HEARING

Text Amendment to the Unified Development Ordinance to make changes to Article 2, 4, and 10 to address the uses of

  • Medical Cannabis Dispensaries,
  • Medical Cannabis Cultivation Centers and
  • Other Cannabis Business Establishments, which include
  • Craft Growers,
  • Cultivation Centers,
  • Cannabis Infusers,
  • Cannabis Processors, and
  • Cannabis Transporters

Pueblo, a Colorado town that went all in ended up radically changed.

An extensive October 30, 2020, article in The Epoch Times etitled “The True Cost of Marijuana: A Colorado Town That Went All-In” reports on medical and employment problems:

  • “It’s like a horror movie,” she told The Epoch Times. Every shift in the ER brings in a patient with cannabinoid hyperemesis. In layman’s terms, that means someone is screaming and vomiting uncontrollably. The sound is wretched and apocalyptic. It’s caused by chronic cannabis use, usually high-potency products, and it stops when the person stops using cannabis.
  • “It’s like a horror movie,” she told The Epoch Times. Every shift in the ER brings in a patient with cannabinoid hyperemesis. In layman’s terms, that means someone is screaming and vomiting uncontrollably. The sound is wretched and apocalyptic. It’s caused by chronic cannabis use, usually high-potency products, and it stops when the person stops using cannabis.
  • Since legalization in Colorado, Randall and Roberts have seen an increase in all drug use, not just marijuana. Methamphetamine use is up 143 percent, opiates are up by 10 percent, and cannabis is up by 57 percent, according to data from the ER drug screens over the past seven years.
  • “We’re losing this generation,” she said. “What I see … is the kids either smoke themselves, or they become the parents’ caretaker, they take care of their parents who are smoking—using drugs and drinking. And I don’t know which is sadder—you have an 8 year old that’s giving you the medical history of the parent, or the kid’s using.”
  • “Almost 100 percent of the people that use, use daily.”
  • “With cannabis, once you’ve damaged your brain and you develop schizophrenia, I probably can’t fix that. So there’s a certain number of people who are going to have mental health disorders,” he said.
  • His main challenge now is finding a sober workforce and attracting more skilled workers to the area. Prior to 2014, before cannabis retail dispensaries and grow operations began popping up everywhere, McWilliams said 15 to 20 percent of possible hires were denied due to drugs or alcohol. “Today, I think it’s well over half, it’s well over 50 percent,” he told The Epoch Times. “Our biggest issue with marijuana has been the lack of skilled workforce we can get. And almost zero unskilled workforce these days can pass a drug test, because they’re all testing hot for marijuana.”


Comments

Will Crystal Lake Become a Wide Open Pot Town? — 17 Comments

  1. “Well Stu I’ll tell you, surfing’s not a sport, it’s a way of life,
    it’s no hobby. It’s a way of looking at that wave and saying,
    ‘Hey bud, let’s party!’”

    Jeff Spicoli, ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’

  2. We don’t want this in our town.

    Please reject this when it comes before the board.

    Marijuana is a stepping stone to hard-core drugs. You owe it to our children.

  3. As soon as I see this I call bs

    “Every shift in the ER brings in a patient with cannabinoid hyperemesis. In layman’s terms, that means someone is screaming and vomiting uncontrollably”

    Maybe in some EXTREME cases something like this can happen but I highly doubt it’s a daily problem.

    I’ve known plenty of people who have smoked and otherwise consumed some pretty huge amounts of pot have never seen or heard of something like that.

  4. Crystal Lake: Backyard chickens?

    HELL NO!

    Backyard marijuana cultivation,

    HELL YES!

  5. What this does is simply put into Code the proper zoning circumstances for such businesses, determining where, and under what circumstances they are allowed to operate.

    Same as myriad other business uses.

    The most similar example are with alcohol in restaurants, bars, liquor retail, craft brewing, etc.

    If these changes are not made, this opens the door for these businesses to fairly petition that they be allowed to operate wherever and however they want.

    🚬👌😎

  6. You can’t regulate that which you have no Regulations for in the first place. Trying to regulate after the fact just creates a mess.

    Decades ago, some sort of laws passed that allowed various Wards and/or Precincts in Chicago to vote themselves “dry”, so perhaps something like that might be possible, but unlikely.

    ✌️😎

  7. I come from a family that loves to ski.

    Familiar with Colorado.

    Go out to eat but make sure the server can write your order down correctly and that the cook will not send out chicken that is not raw in the middle.

    Oh, and using ski lifts, hmmmm some problems with repairs??

    Those on skis on the slopes hmm there are safety issues.

    Looking like a hockey game??

    Driving, or there is a treat.

    This stuff is ruing communities left and right.

    This is NOT the weed from the hippie era.

    It is strong and dangerous.

    Need a job??

    Go to CO.

    They are having so many many problems with getting worker that are sober and not stoned on the job, they are sending out notices for sober people to come there for a job.

    I know of some young people driving out there to get jobs.

    The stoners are on unemployment.

    Costing the state lots of $$$$$.

    This article is right on target, not matter who wrote it.

    If it passes, then be careful about who is working on your car and for safety, by a tank.

    Martin, get your head out of your butt!!

  8. +1 Brian they would rather have you high so you can Vote for them, then EAT!

    they will feed you so no worries there stand in the soup lines a coming…

  9. OK thats it…

    I am going to open a store called “Munchies are us” and make a fortune

  10. The article said we are losing this generation but also our country if we don’t take constructive action NOW BEFORE it is TOO LATE.

    Wake up people is this really the world you want to live in especially what our last year has been like.

    If you are having a hard time coping read your Bible, if you don’t have one Get one, better yet, get in a Bible Study to help understand & grasp it’s meaning.

    Don’t waste your life being high as the state, county want your money.

    Be strong, courageous, wise & SAFE !!!

  11. Forget about Pot for a moments an ask yourself this question.

    What are all those Gatorade guys scurrying around on the sideline of EVERY NFL game?

    There on the field when some poor sap gets hurt and behind the coach or an injured player when they return to the sidelines.

    QB Brady is aware of this and probably said “Don’t you dare stand in front of me” because he endorsed another brand.

    But seriously checkout the games next week. Its not a NFL Playoff game its a Gatorade Infomercial.

  12. I would oppose this in Crystal Lake, but certainly not because I hold conservative political views.

    Let me start off by saying the pointers in the post are nonsense.

    Even prior to Pueblo adopting these measures, it was a fringe town with its bloated share of social issues–residents there were already a wasted generation…

    “almost 100% of people who use, use daily?”

    No way, sounds like a creative sample size in that study.

    Additionally, there is a no study that associates cannabis use with metal disorders causation in people who were not already predispositioned.

    I’d oppose all recreational aspects of cannabis, especially in IL, until there are uniform standards in testing the quality and rules/regs in place to govern peripheral practices such as packaging, advertisement, facility/processing management, etc.

    IL deeply falls short in passable quality standards and is quite frankly unacceptable.

    I would never purchase anything from an IL dispensary and would highly discourage anyone else from doing so.

    In terms of CO, as a tax payer, we received checks back last year from the taxable proceeds of non-patient purchases at rec dispensaries.

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