Regarding the article about marijuana sales in Pierce County, County Councilman Doug Rickardson was the lone dissenter on Ordinance 111. One of his reasoning is that the Legislature will be taking up the issue of medical marijuana. We all know that the Legislature is known for running issues through that have not been popular or wanted by a majority of Washingtonians. As Councilman Jim McCune stated regarding the money allocated for Community Connections, designated for programs to deter youth violence, only 81 negative responses came back, and 23 were from out of state, 15 from other counties and 43 mostly from the county’s urban areas. I wonder it that includes Seattle? Only two were from his council district. The point being that out-of-state money and influence was largely responsible for the passage of this marijuana recreational use, which has been the case with this and other legislation and initiatives.
It was reported on national news that since this initiative passed, DUIs have increased 50 percent in this state. I am sure most of them took place in Seattle/King County, where it has also been shown on national news the huge numbers of teenagers smoking dope.
Anyone who thinks recreational marijuana is no big deal should visit a mental health facility and observe how many patients are pot smokers and how many are repeat patients. Your tax dollars at work.