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Protecting kids is main issue for City Council

2010-05-03T00:00:00Z Protecting kids is main issue for City Council The Billings Gazette
May 03, 2010 12:00 am

As one of the public speakers at the April 26 City Council meeting, I write concerning the location of Magic City Meds at 2918 Grand Ave. The location is too close to schools, being approximately 800 feet from the Will James Middle School on 30th Street West.

 The City Council that night realized this and agreed to look at how to address the medical marijuana issue utilizing the laws of the city. The city of Billings is on the right track to rectify this issue immediately, realizing that the children of our community have been forgotten.

I congratulate City Councilman Pitman for disclaiming publicly any real estate association to any medical marijuana facilities in our city, as well as any association, period. This was highly commendable on his part.

Unfortunately, I cannot commend Mayor Hanel for how he proceeded in handling the public. I found him to be rude and, that he did not professionally know how to handle this important issue.

The gentleman who stepped up as one of the two owners of Magic City Meds, Marc Copps, was professional enough to state that he is willing to work with the city and community even in possibly moving his facility. Let’s hold him to his word and not have him open at this location.

As the principal of Will James stated, “It is not if but when something will happen.” This is uncharted territory that must be the main focus of the City Council until it is rectified and clear. Please govern yourself accordingly, Billings City Council members.

Gary Lustgarten


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