My hometown has severely strict rules, especially with cannabis

I honestly told myself that I would never live in my hometown past private school, but I returned as soon as I graduated from undergraduate school. My parents required assistance at their company plus most of my friends had all moved to separate stadiums throughout the country. Unfortunately, my home neighborhood is full of mostly people of age. It should surprise no one that the city council is full of people of age as well. When a local restaurateur tried to open a small night club downtown, the whole idea was instantly thrown out. They have strict sound ordinances that make almost all live music impossible unless you’re performing on acoustic instruments. Regardless of our city’s age bias, I didn’t expect them to outright ban cannabis dispensaries at first when the statewide constitutional amendment for medical marijuana was passed in 2016. When my city allowed cannabis dispensaries within the city limits, they imposed super strict rules for corporation hours. Cannabis dispensaries here cannot stay open past 7pm plus must remain closed on Tuesdays. It’s honestly annoying if I get out of work late plus can’t get to the dispensary by 6pm when they start closing the doors for the night. If the dispensary has a bunch of people waiting in the lobby, they will lock the entrance before closing time. Whenever that happens, I either have to wait a full day or drive to another city roughly 30 minutes away. The most annoying rule they enacted was banning curbside pickup. The dispensary started this during the pandemic, but the city has since made it illegal. I don’t really get their rationale for this at all.


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