Pleas for help were just the ticket to convince a Pauls Valley board to recommend a change to a still new ordinance for medical marijuana.
One by one operators of dispensaries stepped up at a meeting last week to voice their opposition to the restrictions placed on the days when their business can be open to the public.
They got their wish as the Pauls Valley Planning and Zoning Commission agreed to recommend that one specific portion of the recently approved ordinance be taken out completely.
The official commission vote came only after a number of dispensary owners got their say about how the ordinance would impact them and their patients, specifically the part about being closed on Sundays and some holidays.
“We want to know your reasoning,” said Judy Kelly about the specific hours included in the ordinance.
“It looks like you’re not taking this seriously as medicine. This is medicine. Why is it not being treated as medical. It’s not pot.
“This is something we’re operating in the best interest of our patients. I don’t know why we’re being punished for being a medical marijuana dispensary.”
The ordinance section in question called for dispensaries to be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.