No Stone Unturned: Maximizing Municipal Revenues under the Guise of Regulations...
As Americans we have always been enchanted by the notion of free enterprise, the idea that, as a nation, our interests are best served when we have the freedom to pursue our dreams free from unnecessary government entanglement. Yet last Monday's 6-3 vote by the Colorado Springs' City Council to ban Marijuana Consumption Clubs suggest that, excepting Helen Collins, Jill Gaebler and Bill Murray, some prefer the rhetoric of free enterprise over the reality.
But, ironic as it may be, capitalism may be as much a factor in the Council's support of this ordinance as it is for its opposition. Frankly, to think that the revenue raising function of this legislation is merely coincidental would be insanely naive. Without a doubt, Consumption Clubs represent an untapped resource, a promising well that, for some municipal bodies represent their own brand of free enterprise. Undoubtedly, to them, imposing licensing requirements and the taxation that will inevitably follow is just one step in their goal of maximizing municipal revenues under the guise of regulations.
In either case, regardless of whether this ban is affirmed and is able to withstand the inevitable constitutional challenges already in preparation, Consultus will continue to demonstrate the flexibility and creativity to ensure its Consumption Club clientele remain both compliant with these changes, and profitable. Forward thinking is a major selling point for our services. Staying ahead of the curve is the Consultus way!
Issa Israel, J.D.