It's late. I'm tired. But I have to defend myself against the untrue accusations Salem city councilor Brad Nanke, and other officials, made about me tonight.
Not long ago I got back from a fascinating Salem City Council meeting.
(Check out the KGW-TV story about this that was on the 5 pm news. I was interviewed, but, sob, I was identified as "Dan Atchison, City Attorney." As was the real Dan Atchison, who also was interviewed. My reputation is now ruined! I considered suing KGW, but I think that instead I'll ask them for an ounce of free weed. The news segment and associated AP story, by the way, support my view of the purpose of the city council meeting.
Update: a newer version of the KGW story omits my "Dan Aitchison" name. Damn, there goes my demand for an ounce of pot.)
It was great to see so many people come out and testify in favor of allowing early sales of recreational marijuana through medical marijuana dispensaries.
I'll write more about this tomorrow. For now, I just want to share the email that I've sent off to Nanke, his fellow city councilors, and other folks who get the city email@example.com messages.
It irritates me when City of Salem staff accuse me of firing people up with misinformation. Whenever this happens, I ask them "So, show me what I got wrong." So far they haven't been able to do this. I'm pretty damn confident they won't be able to do it this time.
Tonight, Councilor Brad Nanke went on a mini-rant about how I'd gotten things all wrong, because it was so obvious in the marijuana staff report that the City Council was planning to approve early sales. This isn't true.
Like I said in my first post on this subject, and said to the council in my testimony tonight, the City Attorney asked for guidance from the council on whether both "early" and "late" sales of recreational marijuana should be banned.
Nanke claimed that the staff report said otherwise. And that a story in today's Statesman Journal got it right, while I got it wrong.
Well, here's my email to him and other City officials, calling him out on that claim. I'll let you know how, or if, they respond.
Councilor Nanke (and other city councilors who agree with him),
Q. Will Council be voting to ban the early sale of recreational marijuana?
A. No. However, Council will be asked whether they want to ban the early sale of recreational marijuana by medical marijuana dispensaries which could otherwise begin October 1, 2015. If so, action would be taken at the next Council meeting.
The Salem City Council has two decisions to make about marijuana sales in the city, and members will begin the process Monday, Aug. 31.
The most immediate is whether the city is going to allow or prohibit the “early sales” period beginning on Oct. 1, of recreational marijuana from medical marijuana facilities. A decision that’s made somewhat complicated to both local city code and state law....City staff is asking the council for clarity and a decision on whether the city will allow or prohibit the “early sales” in the city.
If the council indicates a desire to not allow the “early sales” the staff will begin the process of drafting an ordinance for first reading at the council’s Sept. 14 meeting. Most ordinances take two city council meetings to resolve, and the next meeting after Sept. 14 is Sept. 28.
The next decision is although not as time sensitive is more far-reaching- whether the city council has a desire to prohibit the sales of recreational marijuana in Salem beginning on Jan. 4.