Chris Marr, what have you been smoking? “Regulating medical marijuana” would be comical if it did not come from a member of the Washington State Liquor Control Board, the entity responsible for the muddle known as recreational marijuana [“Medical-marijuana patients deserve a regulated system that is safe and affordable,” Opinion, Jan. 19]. “Highly trained individuals who…More
Editor’s note: The Times asked readers of last Sunday’s editorial on medical marijuana: “How is marijuana legalization going so far?” and “What would you change?”
How’s it going so far?
The medical system has been treated poorly in legalizing recreational marijuana. Marijuana is an effective medicine for many conditions.
There seems to be a rush to eliminate the medical system entirely. This would be a disservice to the many people who depend on marijuana to treat debilitating conditions.
Paul Lyons, Seattle
It’s doing well. Yes, the medical aspect has to be changed. Make them pay taxes and regulate them just like retail. Too many people hide behind a medical card.
Wena Coffman, Goldendale
Dispensaries always check my ID and medical card, so I don’t think they are letting underage or people without authorization buy.
Ronald Felthoven, Marysville
When Gov. Chris Gregoire vetoed large portions of medical-marijuana reform, she harmed the industry and our state, putting us in the medical-marijuana quandary we are in now.
Had our medical pot been regulated, it would have been simple to follow the Colorado model of allowing medical stores to be the first recreational stores.
Sharon Whitson, Kirkland
The state Liquor Control Board has made some harsh and strict rules for recreational growers, while medical growers have none at all. Somehow the playing field has to be leveled between growers, or the board can have my grow license back.
Mary Gress, Vashon
The medical-marijuana suppliers have created a bigger market, and the products cost about one-quarter the cost for only a limited number of strains available from the recreational growers.
Steve Kuehn, Olympia
The Seattle Times Sunday editorial recounted how easy it was for one writer to purchase medical marijuana at a dispensary — without a “green card.” According to the editorial board, this “erodes the cornerstone of Washington’s landmark legalization experiment.”
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Regarding the article “Regular pot smokers have shrunken brains, study says,” [Nation & World, Nov. 10] this study misses the mark on reporting concrete findings of regular pot use. Taken at face value, it tells us what we’re already used to hearing: “smoking is bad, and it will make you dumb.” This, of course,…More
I don’t understand The Seattle Times’ logic in supporting Advisory Vote No. 8, the law that excludes state licensed marijuana farmers from agricultural tax advantages [“The Times recommends to maintain Advisory Vote No. 8 on marijuana tax,” Opinion. Oct. 14]. The Times writes, “Initiative 502, rightly puts pot alongside alcohol as an adult indulgence…More
Allowing a pot shop to open next to a church may be legal but it shows an amazing insensitivity to the religious sensibilities of many faiths [“Church members protest Seattle pot shop as too close for comfort,” Local News, Oct. 5]. That churches and other places of worship were not included in the list…More
In the time since marijuana has been legalized in Washington, I fear that the state and the Liquor Control Board have lost sight of the most fundamental thing: Marijuana was legalized on a promise to drive out criminality and replace the black market [“Rocky start for state’s pot stores,” Local News, Sept. 17 ].
In order to do this, two things will have to happen: Much more marijuana will need to beMore
“Marijuana progress” is an oxymoron [“Exemptions hurt state’s marijuana progress,” Opinion, Sept. 11]. There is no progress under the use of marijuana; it is a downhill slide into addiction and depravity. Congratulations to those communities that have received exemptions. Criticism of these counties and municipalities is misplaced and should be directed toward Washington state for seeking…More
Need to operate like other commercial entities No industry can operate safely, transparently or effectively without access to banks or other financial institutions [“Feds drag feet on banking for marijuana industry,” Opinion, Aug. 27]. While it is encouraging to see that a small but growing number of financial operators are beginning to provide necessary services…More
I’m glad that at least one Seattle police officer is committed to enforcing the law against marijuana use in public [“SPD Probes cop who wrote 80 percent of pot-use tickets,” Local News, July 30]. He should be congratulated, not investigated. I get the sense that most officers are looking the other way when…More