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The revenue from marijuana isn't worth it

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Dear Editor:

Nathan Clay, Kevin Carlson and Chris Ryan want to put marijuana on the November ballot in order to generate revenue by legalizing it within "OUR" city limits.

Asinine was the word councilman Kevin Carlson used in response or should I say reaction to a question posed by Orval Proctor in an open forum discussion at town hall on Aug. 28.

The question that Carlson was reacting to was, "Have you thought about your own kid?" As a parent Proctor, who lost a son to addiction, was trying to tell Carlson that his children are just as vulnerable as any other. The data that the state has published shows that the effects of marijuana does not discriminate between the kids of a council member or a state's governor for that matter. I don't think Proctor's statement was asinine but I do think Carlson's was. Webster's definition of asinine: "obstinate, stupid," "literally 'like an ass.'

As the conversation continued councilman Clay appeared to be giving a lesson to Orval Proctor (a successful business owner of Delta for over 40 years) on how business has not worked in Delta and how Delta isn't great. I guess his thinking of selling marijuana on the streets of Delta will make us great again. Mr Proctor in another statement directed at Councilman Clay said that he had lost his son to addiction. Councilman Clay responded with, "That was before it was legal." Clay seemed rather obstinate to Mr. Proctor's point of view and certainly not very sensitive to the death of his son. Whether it's legal or illegal the fact is it's a lot easier for our children to get pot since it was made legal. In a survey done by our school district in January 2018, 1,002 kids were asked would it be sort of easy or very easy to get marijuana if they wanted it. The response: 21.7 percent of female and 19.1 percent of males say its easy or very easy to get marijuana. Remember it's illegal for school age kids to have pot or THC of any kind

Just a mention, Councilman Ryan remained silent throughout the back an forth.

So what is the cost to get revenue for our parks from selling dope. Let's just say our parks aren't worth the cost of our children. It's called blood money and to put it on the ballot is just "asinine." Trust me I have been a mental health and addiction recovery counselor for years.

Scott Schaible
Delta

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