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In 2021, Mayor Jake Bruno voted to allow the cannabis industry into our town.

Because of his decision, cannabis growers and manufactures are trying to set up shop all over our community-next to schools, churches, daycares and even in the middle of residential neighborhoods. He sold out our quality of life and safety in hopes of making a few extra tax dollars. This was wrong.

Chris believes that the majority of voters, even the majority of those voters who voted in favor of recreational cannabis, did not vote to live, work and have their children play near cannabis businesses. While there may be a place and time for these industries, it is not here, and it is not now.

In 2025, our township will be allowed to amend our ordinances concerning cannabis. Do you want to vote for a Republican who supports this? Do you want to vote for the same Republican who got our township into this mess in the first place?

When elected, Chris will take a stand against the cannabis industry in Franklin Township.

He will fight against every new cannabis business that seeks to come into our community and, when the time comes to amend our zoning ordinances, he will vote to ban them.

Why Chris is against cannabis: an in-depth view.

Recreational cannabis passed overwhelmingly in 2020. Though Chris was on the other side of that referendum, he respects the will of the voters. The message sent was loud and clear-they do not care what others do inside of their homes.

Allowing cannabis growers, manufacturers and retailers into Franklin Township is a completely different matter. It is an issue, not of personal choice, but of community impact. Using cannabis in your home does not affect others. The cannabis industry, because of its smell, safety concerns and legal ambiguity, does!

The many problems with cannabis.

It stinks-Cannabis is a flowering plant. Like all flowers, it smells when in bloom. Unfortunately, cannabis smells so strongly that often whole neighborhoods are affected. Despite the best efforts of growers, utilizing the latest in air purification technology, the smell still gets out. Though no one gets “high” from the smell, it severely impacts the quality of life for those residents near-by.

It is not pro-farmer/pro-open space-Since cannabis is a controlled substance, the state requires that it be grown inside of a facility. As a result, open spaces have to be developed for cannabis production. Instead of preserving our farmland, it turns them into warehouses.

It negatively impacts medical cannabis users-Chris is sympathetic to those who use cannabis to treat medical conditions. He knows first-hand those who have benefited from its use. Legalization of recreational cannabis has had a negative effect on those who need it for medical reasons. Now, the sick are forced to wait in long lines because there are many more who buy it recreationally. At the same time, medical users are increasingly having trouble finding a supply of non-recreational cannabis-cannabis that soothes their condition but doesn’t get them “high”.

It is a potential security risk-These facilities are required to have extensive security measures. Flood lights, cameras, fencing, and armed security are always part of the plan. This is because they are a target for all manner of crime. Often, they have to arrange for added police protection, burdening the FTPD and taking away vital community resources.

Cannabis is still a federally banned substance-It seem every year more states vote to legalize recreational cannabis. Right now, the federal government is taking a “hands-off’ approach to this issue, but it is wrong to assume that this will always be the case. A change in Administration or Attorney General could just as easily overturn that policy. It is an economic risk for our town to be dependent on tax revenues from these businesses that might one day be banned.

It is a boom that might go bust-Like pharmacies and dollar stores, cannabis grow facilities are all the rage. There are dozens that want to set up shop in Franklin Township alone. But what happens if there is a down-turn in demand, or a glut of production that makes prices fall? In other states, similar facilities have had to close due to market pressures. That could happen here, and if it does we will face a shortfall in tax revenue and the community will be marred with vacant buildings that will be extremely hard to repurpose into anything else.

It could hurt property values-For all the reasons stated above, very few people want to live in close proximity to one of these businesses. Even if they aren’t the “nuisances” in the community that some believe they are, the stigma alone often negatively affects the property values of surrounding homes.

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