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November 6, 2013 at 7:01 PM

City’s attitude toward marijuana is disgraceful

Feb. 13, 2013 different strains of marijuana displayed during the grand opening of the Seattle location of the Northwest Cannabis Market. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Feb. 13, 2013 different strains of marijuana displayed during the grand opening of the Seattle location of the Northwest Cannabis Market. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Don’t advertise marijuana as the next cool thing for young adults

I am so discouraged about the many ways that the use of marijuana is made to look cool to our children. The Times refers to it with the slang word “weed,” the police give out bags of Doritos and someone is responsible (the police? The city attorney?) for not enforcing the law against smoking it in public. It’s starting to look like those beer commercials that imply that when you drink beer, your life will be full of parties having tons of fun.

As the mother of a heroin addict who died when he was just 24, I can tell you that what you are doing does some young people irreparable harm. Initiative 502 will not keep dealers off the streets who sell drugs to kids — first marijuana, then some free drugs as a bonus and, more often than you’d think, ending up with heroin.

You all need to watch how you’re trivializing and/or marketing this drug as the next cool thing that comes with turning 21. At the very least, taxes from marijuana sales should pay for drug treatment and prevention for those who couldn’t handle the hype.

Jane Lamb, Seattle

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