ast week Texarkana got the news that a medical marijuana dispensary set for Prescott, Ark., was moving to property where the Electric Cowboy once operated.
One of the reasons the license was transferred was the owners were having a hard time finding property that complied with restrictions on where such a facility could locate. They have to be a certain distance from churches and schools.
Similar restrictions have applied to liquor stores in Arkansas for years.
Supporters say children should be protected from exposure to alcohol and that such exposure could lead them to drink. And churches? Well, that's about respect for traditional values.
Some say that's old-fashioned. Children are exposed to beer and wine every time they go to the supermarket or corner store and hard liquor when they dine out with their parents. Special consideration for churches could even be seen as crossing the line between church and state.
We want to know what you think. Should schools and/or churches be given special consideration regarding the location of certain businesses such as marijuana dispensaries or liquor stores? Or should a business legal under state law be able to open without such restrictions?
Send your response (50 words maximum) to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, April 17. You can also mail your response to the Texarkana Gazette Friday Poll, at P.O. Box 621, Texarkana, TX 75504 or drop it off at our office, 101 E. Broad St., Texarkana, Ark. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number. We will print as many responses as we can in next Friday's paper.
Last Week: Clergy Ban?
Last week's question was about the Texas Department of Correction banning clergy from the death chamber. Should Texas provide clergy of choice in the death chamber for condemned prisoners? Or is the state right by banning all clergy from the death chamber?