The old adage “sunshine is the best disinfectant” was reconfirmed recently, when we helped defeat an attempt to create a monopoly for the sole existing medical marijuana dispensary in the City of Warwick.
Other companies, hoping to compete in the marketplace and provide consumers with quality and pricing options, naturally opposed the backroom deal to manipulate the city’s zoning code and benefit the existing business. In two short weeks, working with traditional media, social media and public-spirited opponents of the proposal, we drew public attention and scrutiny to the plan. Ultimately, it was withdrawn before even coming to a vote.
In this case, the sunlight generated by the quick, effective communications work of the New Harbor team proved the old adage right, preserving the marketplace for consumers and benefitting the public at large.