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City Council passed a resolution to ask the General Assembly to revisit marijuana laws and give consideration to decriminalization in a 3-2 vote Monday night, but backed off the rest of a measure that would have made enforcement of pot possession a low priority for police.
In a packed Council chamber, judging from applause levels, it appeared supporters of the resolution were in the majority, but the first six citizens to speak about the issue opposed it. One cited an addiction to pot for 17 years. Former Jefferson Area Tea Party chair Carol Thorpe urged councilors to support police and leave enforcement to the professionals– rather than instructing police Chief Tim Longo to not enforce the law as they did with Occupy Charlottesville protesters in Lee Park.
And city resident Naomi Roberts declared, "Charlottesville will become the city of potheads and bring more drug lords."
Civil rights attorney Jeffrey Fogel called the war on drugs "a massive and colossal failure," and suggested an ordinance in which Council prohibited the use of pot– and made sure no one goes to jail if convicted.
City Manager Maurice Jones pointed out that of 5,040 arrests police made last year, 113 of them were for marijuana possession.
"We don't spend a lot of resources on enforcing possession laws," Police Chief Tim Longo told the councilors, but said that wasn't a conscious prioritization.
His concerns were as a parent, and he cited a recent...
Wintergreen has won a "favorable" settlement on disputed state conservation tax credits but has still gone ahead with the humbling prospect of hiring a turnaround company to help escape a financial morass. The information comes in a new statement sent to key stakeholders at the struggling Nelson County resort.
The resort has been in serious financial straits since a December default on its Bank of America credit line, something originally reported by the Nelson County Times. The situation was "exacerbated by historically warm temperatures last winter," general manager Hank Thiess writes to members of Wintergreen Partners Inc., the many-membered corporation that owns the services and facilities at the resort.
In addition to bad weather, Wintergreen leaders were confronted with a potentially catastrophic financial hit this season after the state raised eyebrows over a deal that put the 1,422 acres called Crawford's Knob under conservation easement. In 2008 the resort submitted paperwork showing that an appraiser valued the land at $11.5 million– and then Wintergreen reaped $4.6 million in tax credits. Followin...
A word of warning to anyone hoping to avoidcatching live music this weekend. You're doomed, and you can thank Paul Beyer, organizer of the Tom Tom Founders Festivalfor that. This two-day festival within a festival features more than 50 acts at seven downtown venues including the Haven, Main Street Arena, UVA's Meade Hall, The Whiskey Jar, and Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. Headliners include Josh Ritter and Those Darlins (pictured here), and other local favorites are too plentiful to list.
May 11-12, various locations, $20-$65
Dagnabit– Mother's Day's here, and if you've been struggling with the perfect gift, here's an idea: Bizet's Carmen at the Paramount! It's the story of the naive soldier Don Jose who abandons...