Cannabis tax money seen as a bribe to Menominee

Cannabis tax money seen as a bribe to Menominee

Controversy Surrounding Marijuana Stores in Menominee.

Two hundred, ninety-five thousand dollars a bribe paid to the city of Menominee to host the dismal marijuana industry (EagleHerald newspaper 3/6/2024, City to receive $295,000 in state dollars.). 10th Street is looking like a slum. Working attractive businesses on 10th Street have closed, displaced by marijuana stores painted black. Ugly black marijuana stores have established themselves in the M&M Plaza transforming it from a pleasant family friendly place to the new primary business of pushing the evil of addictive marijuana. What is the loss from the closed businesses?

The depressing black painted stores is fitting. "And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men love darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.” (Jn 3: 19-20)

The societal cost to Menominee and surrounding area far exceeds the $295,000 paid to the city to be a business partner with the purveyors of this substance. Medical, emotional, loss of intelligence, irresponsibility and decreased ambition.

Then mayor Casey Hoffman continues in error (in the same paper) ignoring the moral issue, doubles down on his enthusiasm for the presence of the marijuana stores. He says, "The medicine (marijuana stores) may be harsh, but the patient (city) requires it to survive."

Doing evil that good may come of it, Scripture. "And why not say - as some people slander us by saying that we say let us do evil that good may come. Their condemnation is deserved." (Rom. 3:8). Meaning we should never do evil that good might come of it.

In an earlier edition of the EagleHerald (3/1/2024) Mayor Casey Hoffman mistakenly asserts "...cannabis lawsuits in the city will soon be in the past." However, the case opposing unlimited marijuana stores is still alive. Fact is the next court date is March 20th on whether the unlimited number of marijuana stores operating in Menominee is legal.

With hope still alive that Judge Mary B. Barglind will rule the city's ordinance creating unlimited licenses crafted in secret meetings is invalid. That the question of an unlimited number of marijuana stores operating in the city must go to referendum, a vote by the residents of Menominee, as was clearly desired by the overwhelming number of signatures on a petition opposed to the city council's action.

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