Buy-local advocates have been eerily silent thus far about a Times-Standard report that a Sacramento-based marijuana dispensary has expressed interest in opening an outlet in Eureka.
The Horizon Nonprofit Collective has applied for a zoning amendment that would allow it to peddle its wares in the city’s hospital and medical zone–and compete with a locally owned pot retailer nearby.
We’re just thinking out loud here, but if you accept the progs’ logic that non-local restaurants and building supply stores are bad for the community, it stands to reason that out-of-towners moving in on our most important agricultural commodity can’t be good.
And this particular out-of-town enterprise is the subject of decidedly mixed reviews. Numerous complainants accuse Horizon of everything from crappy product to “budtenders” too janked on their own “medicine” to provide basic customer service.
Criticisms include moldy pot, dry pot, underweight eighths, clones with fungus and bugs and–our favorite–Maui Wowie that tastes like “1,000 Hawaiians took a huge dump and put it into a quarter jar.” Additionally, employees are said to be lousy, dishonest and high, and prices even more so.
Will our local prog friends freak the fuck out over this organization’s Sacramento address and spotty reputation? Will there be PR battles, heated exchanges, workshops at the Wharfinger? Will this issue pit brother against brother and each against all?
Stay tuned for that, but while you wait think back not too long ago to the bellowing disdain with which progs greeted a locally owned daily newspaper and the fawning adulation they heaped on the corporate competitor that eventually put it out of business.
Remember too their more recent absence of outrage when national chain Trader Joe’s threatened the uniqueness of Fortuna with organic lotions and discount wines.
Maybe we’re just jaded, but it seems to us that despite the progs’ rants and chants, the level of their allegiance to buying local has a lot to do with how badly they want the product being sold, and their support of mom-and-pop retailers depends largely on mom and pop’s last name.
Filed under: Humboldt County | Tagged: 1000 Hawaiians took a huge dump, another moral imperative bites the dust, budtenders, high prices and higher employees, Horizon Nonprofit Collective, Maui Wowie |