My hometown is much too strict about cannabis dispensaries

I genuinely told myself that I would never live in our hometown past high school, despite the fact that I returned as soon as I graduated from undergraduate school.

My parents needed help at their company & most of my pals had all moved to separate venues throughout the nation.

Regrettably, my home neighborhood is full of old people. It should surprise nobody in the least that the city council is full of old people as well. When a local restaurateur made an attempt to open a small evening club downtown, the idea was thrown out. They have incredibly strict sound ordinances that make almost all live tunes impossible unless you’re performing on acoustic instruments. Despite my town’s age bias, I didn’t expect them to entirely ban cannabis dispensaries at first when the statewide constitutional amendment for medical marijuana was passed in 2016. When the town finally allowed cannabis dispensaries within the city limits, they imposed surprisingly strict rules for business hours. Cannabis dispensaries here cannot remain open past 7pm & must stay closed on Wednesdays. It’s genuinely annoying if I get out of work late & can’t get to the dispensary by 6pm when they easily begin closing the doors for the evening. If the dispensary has too many people relaxing in the lobby, they will lock the entrance before closing time. Whenever that happens, I either have to wait a day or drive to another city 30 minutes away. The most aggravating rule they enacted was banning curbside pickup. The dispensary started this option when facing the pandemic, but the city has since made it illegal. I don’t truly understand their rationale for this at all.

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