Cannabis College to Bring Dramatic Change to Small Town
With the Opening of Cannabis College in the Meadows Business Park, Redway joins Arcata, Davis, Berkeley, and Santa Cruz, by becoming Northern California’s newest “College Town”. What will this mean for Garberville’s scrappier sister?
For one, it means college students. If you have to have people around, you can do a lot worse than college students. I’ll take hot young college students over puffy middle-aged tourists, retirees, or families with their annoying children, any day of the week. These students will need someplace to live while they earn their degree.
So, we’ll need dormitories. Can you think of a better use for the two struggling hotels in Redway? The students will have to walk a ways to get to class, but they’ll pass Cafe Bella, where they can stop for a scone, bagel or croissant and coffee on the way to class. On the way back, they pass Persimmons serving wine and crepes. The Broken Yolk, closed for years now, becomes a prime location in this scenario, with lots of foot traffic.
Of course, college towns need college bars. Now that the Iguana has become a gift shop, we really don’t have anyplace to drink in Redway, except the sidewalk in front of the laundromat. I don’t see that becoming a college hangout. Oh, wait, I forgot about The Brass Rail. That’s a natural…right there close to the new dorms, perfect. That’s one. I think we need three. The Mateel? You know they could book a band and sell beer and wine if they knew they could fill the place with college students every weekend. What about the old Alternative Energy Engineering Building? That would make a great nightclub.
What about frat houses? How about those houses across from Chris’s Flowers on Redwood Drive? No offense to the current owners, of course. I just think that we need to consider what having a college in town will mean for our quaint little burg. In this location, frat boy shenanigans will happen far enough from other residential neighborhoods, and right next to the CHP office.
They say this college will teach only one subject: marijuana. I studied marijuana in school. If I could have majored in it, I’d have probably graduated. I think its great that people like me will finally get to study what interests them, and that they’ll do it in beautiful, but rustic, Redway.