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December 5, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Redmond neighborhood is no place for new marijuana facility

Not a test calendar

King County is set to approve a zoning ordinance that would pave the way for a large-scale marijuana facility in the middle of two heavily populated neighborhoods, Redmond Ridge and Redmond Ridge East [“County is asked to block pot farm,” page one, Dec. 3].

The facility would be within walking distance of our school, child-care centers, and many homes and parks.

I am not here to debate the legal or moral implications of marijuana use. My focus is on responsible zoning. I simply do not think that a heavily populated, residential neighborhood is an appropriate place for such a facility. I am concerned about the potential harm such a facility would cause my neighborhood. I am concerned over increase in crime and the effects on neighborhood health from air pollution.

Our neighborhood is being specifically singled out by name in the proposed zoning ordinance, and we are rightfully upset over that. This facility belongs in industrial areas with other factories. Our neighborhood does not want to be a test case for marijuana zoning. We do not want to become a cautionary tale for irresponsible zoning ordinances.

— Virginia M. Onu, Redmond

Proposed marijuana production facility defies common sense

I am a concerned father of two young children, who has lived in Redmond Ridge for the past seven years.

There is a proposal and fast-track approach to locate at least two marijuana production and processing factories within the highly dense neighborhoods of Redmond Ridge and Redmond Ridge East.

The proposed location is close to an overflowing elementary school, a preschool, county playgrounds, nature trails, wetlands and facilities built primarily for young children and young families.

While the matter is not about marijuana itself, it is about where that substance should be produced.

I would like the Metropolitan King County Council to spare our young children. Please do not single out the Redmond Ridge area for marijuana production. Instead, invest in education and jobs.

Sai Ramanath, Redmond

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