You remember the movie Footloose? Kevin Bacon is this wild-eyed city boy sent to a small town.
The place is so conservative and repressed they don’t even allow dancing.
He leads the youth in a rebellion based on dancing, and yeah it is just as corny as it sounds. I mention it because my hometown is a lot like that town. You would think that places so backwards couldn’t exist these days, but they do. For example, even though pot was legalized in this state two years ago, we are only now getting our first cannabis dispensary here. The parent company bought a building, but before they could open they needed to get permission from the local government, which opposed a cannabis dispensary. What followed was a full year of public debate, where citizens made their voices heard about the subject of legalized cannabis. I think the town leaders were somewhat surprised to find out how much support the cannabis dispensary had. At this point medical marijuana was accepted in most major cities, and only little backward hill towns like ours were in opposition. The cannabis dispensary owners never gave up, they kept trying to make peace and point out all the ways the community would benefit. As always, it came down to the money – once the town leaders found out how much tax revenue the cannabis dispensary would generate, they changed their tune. Which means finally, after so much drama for so long, we finally have our own legal cannabis dispensary in town, which makes my life a whole lot easier.