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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

April 17, 2014 at 7:34 AM

Marijuana: Pot industry background checks encourage illicit activity

Two of the biggest arguments for marijuana legalization are keeping it out kids’ hands, and keeping the business out of criminals’ hands. The two are closely related. A liquor store can lose its license if it sells liquor to minors, but a pot dealer has no such disincentive.

I see that the state is going to do marijuana industry background checks [“Feds OK pot background checks by Washington state,” Local News, April 10]. Assume you’re a grower who was busted once. If you try to go legitimate, the background check would show up, and you’ll lose your business. Your best bet is to stay underground.

Consider all the towns passing ordinances to keep legal distributors out. They might as well call it a resolution to keep illegal distributors in. If someone wants some, is he going to drive to the next town over, or is he going to ask his next-door neighbor?

Howard Hance, Snohomish

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