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May 12, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Marijuana farming: a legal agricultural commodity; don’t use precious water resources

Move toward marijuana as a legal agricultural commodity

Our federal government continues to treat marijuana like Kryptonite [“Bureau of Reclamation should not restrict water to Eastern Washington marijuana farms,” Opinion, May 4]. They are not alone.

Washington state’s rollout of marijuana legalization has been hampered by a similar mindset. One day marijuana will be fully legal nationwide and there will be no suburban basement grows with massive carbon footprints. Environmentally destructive backcountry grows would become a thing of the past. These are vestiges of marijuana prohibition.

One day legitimate farmers will produce marijuana by the ton under natural sunlight. It will be virtually worthless. This is important. Financial incentives drive destructive cultivation practices. Mexican drug cartels don’t sneak into national forests to cultivate cucumbers and tomatoes.

They cannot compete with farmers. The sooner the federal government allows states to treat the marijuana plant as a legal agricultural commodity, the better.

Robert Sharpe, policy analyst at the Common Sense for Drug Policy, Washington, D.C.

Don’t divert precious water resources to marijuana

Insane. That’s what thinking about allocating already precious supplies of water from farmers growing our food supply to

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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…

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March 12, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Marijuana legalization: Best monitored and enforced locally

As the details of marijuana legalization are being hashed out, it is becoming clear that local jurisdictions have a powerful voice [“Too little info makes reform on marijuana challenging,” Local News, March 10]. Of the 334 retail stores that the Washington State Liquor Control Board is licensing throughout the state, about 50 percent of…

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January 10, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Marijuana: Both sides of the ongoing legalization debate

Partygoers smoke marijuana during a Prohibition-era themed New Year's Eve party celebrating the start of retail pot sales, at a bar in Denver, late Tuesday Dec. 31, 2013. Colorado is to begin marijuana retail sales on Jan. 1, a day some are calling ‘Green Wednesday.' (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Party-goers smoke marijuana during a Prohibition-era themed New Year’s Eve party celebrating the start of retail pot sales, at a bar in Denver. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley).

Standing up to marijuana legalization

How refreshing to read a columnist, David Brooks, who has the courage to stand up for what is morally right [“Marijuana: been there, done that,” Opinion, Jan. 5].

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January 8, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Marijuana is like alcohol: Most people can consume it safely

David Brooks argues that marijuana should not be legalized [“Marijuana: been there, done that,” Opinion, Dec. 5).

Brooks is a wise and eloquent writer and his argument is strong. But every point he makes could apply equally well against the legalization of alcohol, which is more addictive and dangerous than marijuana.

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December 13, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Enforce current intoxication laws before marijuana law goes into effect

Our city must show discipline for these laws to work

Recently, The Seattle Times ran an editorial dubbed “The growing pains of marijuana legalization,” [Opinion, Dec. 11].

In this editorial, the editorial board touches on retail marijuana stores, the perpetuation of the marijuana black market and (by far the most important topic) laws and enforcement as they pertain to smoking marijuana in public.

Though the board approaches the issue with an attitude to which I am receptive, I somewhat disagree with its thoughts on public marijuana use and how it is similar to public intoxication. I do agree that the two issues share a similar situation, but I do not believe that passing laws limiting public marijuana use will make any difference whatsoever.

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December 12, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Recreational marijuana will help Washington’s economy

New taxes and new jobs will generate additional revenue

Friday marked the first anniversary of the day Washington's legal marijuana law took effect, and hundreds of people celebrated by lighting up near the Space Needle at a party permitted by the city of Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Friday marked the first anniversary of the day Washington’s legal marijuana law took effect, and hundreds of people celebrated by lighting up near the Space Needle at a party permitted by the city of Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Very recently, Washington state legalized marijuana as a recreational drug that the people of our state can enjoy if they are over the age of 21 [“The growing pains of marijuana legalization,” Opinion, Dec. 11].

But this isn’t just the stoners of our state to get their way, recreational marijuana is a great way to help Washington’s economy in this tough time.

With the new product we also see new taxes that come along with it. These taxes that the state would not have had before can be put to use in our education system that needs the extra money. Along with the new tax helping what our state funds, the new product of recreational marijuana will also open up new jobs in our state. With any new business also comes new jobs.

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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.

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November 19, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Tighten regulations on medical-marijuana system

Legislature needs to take action on an abused system

Guest columnist Steph Sherer states, “Misinformation includes claims that 95 percent of patients don’t really have treatable medical conditions, despite their doctors’ determination otherwise” [“The medical marijuana distinction,” Opinion, Nov. 19].

She clearly is not very familiar with how the medical-marijuana system works in Washington state. Many people seeking pot for recreational use avoid going to their own doctor for an authorization because they know their doctor is most familiar with their medical history and therefore more likely to deny an authorization.

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