No to pot shops
Regarding, “City warming to marijuana retail sales” (The World, Sept. 20): So now the city of Wenatchee is so desperate for sales tax revenue they’re going to consider tweaking city law to exempt pot businesses from obtaining business licenses? They don’t want city employees to violate federal law, so they’ll rewrite city law so they can collect sales tax dollars generated while washing their hands of any concern of violation or responsibility? Talk about an oxymoron!
Does anyone have a problem with this? What about you legitimate business owners who responsibly purchaseor renew their license annually as required? Doesn’t this seem criminal?
As a former police officer and Washington State Crime Lab-certified marijuana leaf identification technician and concerned mother, I certainly voted against the legalization of marijuana. I have witnessed firsthand its detrimental effects. The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) website summarizes marijuana’s effect on life: “Research clearly demonstrates that marijuana has the potential to cause problems in daily life. … Marijuana users generally report lower life satisfaction, poorer mental and physical health, relationship problems, and less academic and career success compared to their peers. … Studies also associate workers’ marijuana smoking with increased absences, tardiness, accidents, workers’ compensation claims, and job turnover.”
Throughout my career I rarely arrested anyone for marijuana possession alone. It was usually a secondary offense to another crime. Regarding its addictive qualities, the NIDA reports, “… Marijuana is addictive. Estimates from research suggest that about 9 percent of users become addicted to marijuana; this number increases among those who start young (to about 17 percent, or 1 in 6) and among daily users (to 25-50 percent). … Nearly 7 percent of high-school seniors who (according to annual survey data) report smoking marijuana daily or almost daily are well on their way to addiction, if not already addicted.”
Since nothing has been formalized yet, I encourage anyone concerned about our youth and community to make it clear to city officials that we do not want “state legalized drug dealers” in our town. Please make your voice heard! Watch the newspaper and city website for meeting times when this matter will be discussed. Don’t allow city government to twist the law to suit their own warped ideas and agenda.
GMOs must be labeled
“No on 522” ads claim a law to label GMO foods would hurt farmers, cost average families much money, isn’t necessary, and would label the wrong foods. Do they tell you also, that Monsanto has spent $7 million to get us to believe these lies?
Those funding and running campaigns against GMO labeling are ones who also fought anti-smoking initiatives, and are spending big money fighting against clean energy and climate laws. They have never worked on behalf of small farmers or consumers. They instead, have sued and harassed thousands of farmers for patent infringement, when as a result of pollen drift or seed spillage from neighboring farms, GMO crops sprout up as weeds in their fields. This is, instead, a costly contamination of their non-GMO crops and should constitute corporate trespassing, not patent theft.
Over 60 countries have significant restrictions and bans on the sale and production of GMOs. For the upcoming Winter Olympic Games, Russia will be banning all GMO foods brought into the country.
The U.S. government has approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them and profit from their sale. These corporations have spent large sums of money to keep American consumers in the dark.
Researching, I have learned enough about GMOs that I don’t want them in the food for my family. I have also learned that the long-term impacts of GMOs are unknown, but that once released into the environment these organisms cannot be recalled. Alfalfa, corn, sugar beets, squash, canola, cotton, papaya and soy, are all at risk of being genetically engineered. Because of potential GMO contamination, rice, flax, wheat, milk, meat, eggs and honey are also at risk. Please don’t be fooled into thinking labeling GMOs isn’t necessary, too much trouble, too costly.
Do the smart thing. Vote Yes on 522. GMOs must be labeled.
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