HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Drug scales, crack pipes, marijuana grinders. The kind of things you might expect to turn up in a drug raid, not at your neighborhood convenience store. However, a Huntsville pastor says he found all these items at a store located just blocks from his church. The store also happens to be right across the street from an elementary school. How could this be? The items have other, legitimate, uses – making it legal to sell them.
While it may be legal, Pastor Troy Garner of Fellowship of Faith Church on N. Memorial Parkway says that doesn’t make it right. He’s now calling for Huntsville residents to boycott any convenience store that openly sells these items. He also wants city leaders to pass an ordinance banning these businesses from operating near schools and churches.
Monday, Garner held a news conference announcing his grassroots campaign. Huntsville City School Superintendent Dr. Casey Wardynski was at the event and said he was for any effort to keep drugs out of the hands of children. Huntsville Police Officer Thomas Morris attended on behalf of the department’s North Precinct and echoed that sentiment.
As for Pastor Garner, he realizes the action he’s proposing won’t eradicate drug use in Huntsville. However, he believes it’s important for the faith community to take a stand, adding, “we have to do something, lest we do nothing.”