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Published: Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Ban pot sales for sake of kids

This letter is to state my opposition to the sale of recreational marijuana in our fair city of Snohomish.
The federal government still sees marijuana as a dangerous drug whose distribution and sale is still illegal and a serious crime. A Department of Justice memo states that its focus is to prevent distribution to minors, revenue from ending in the hands of criminal enterprises or cartels, interstate commerce, and growing on public lands. In other words, these priorities are the guide for U.S. attorneys and the Department of Justice law enforcement to focus their efforts.
I am of the opinion that this is reasoning enough for the Snohomish City Council to choose the option of a permanent ban, which states using zoning or ordinance to prohibit any business that violates federal law from operating within city limits. With this option there is no federal liability.
Our city, as many others, has a serious drug problem among our young people. Some adults will buy marijuana strictly for themselves but there will always be those unscrupulous ones that will buy it to prey on our children. Marijuana use is rampant in our younger generation and in many cases the gateway to harder drugs. Oh, for the days of milk and cookies after school that our children, in a happy frame of mind, were ready to use their creativity instead of marijuana and munchies and laying on the couch in a hazy frame of mind. Also for the days when corporations and businesses didn't have to conduct random drug testing to make sure their employees are of sound mind to do his or her job. However, those days are long gone and anything we can do to stem the tide of drug use must be implemented.
There are too many unanswered questions in regard to this issue to move forward by approving the sale of recreational marijuana in our town. I urge my fellow citizens of Snohomish to attend our city council meetings and let your thoughts be known.
Sandra Vandall
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