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It's time to move forward with medical marijuana

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Dear Editor:

Does Mayor Ron Austin think the voters of Delta are simpletons and easily duped? Well, his colleague Scott Schaible -- who continues to serve as the mayor's personal bulldog and mouthpiece -- sure thinks we are.

In reference to the city voters who voted in favor of medical marijuana, Schaible writes, "The citizens of Delta did not know what they were actually voting for." Again, a man who doesn't live within city limits -- meaning that he cannot actually vote in city elections despite his erroneous use of the "royal We" -- belittles Delta voters for not entirely agreeing with his narrow worldview.

My hope is, by the time my letter to the editor is published, the council has already finalized this months-long back-and-forth process over medical marijuana. (The second and final reading for all of the proposed medical marijuana ordinances was scheduled to be voted on yesterday, Jan. 22.) Hopefully, city councilmembers recognized that the continued stall tactics of local prohibitionists -- saying things like "we need to pause," "take a breath," "slow down," and "pump the brakes" -- are just parliamentary tricks designed to undermine what voters passed.

If you may recall, Scott wrote a letter ("Vote should end retail marijuana discussion," Nov. 22, 2018) stating that the 2018 vote should have put a decisive end to this conversation. In the letter, he criticizes councilmembers Nathan Clay, Kevin Carlson, and Christopher Ryan, who voted in favor of deferring this decision to the voters. He writes, "So here's the deal: the above mentioned supporters of marijuana have stated that if the people say no on Nov. 6 they would be done with it and there are plenty who heard them say it."

Hate to break it to Scott. The voters said "yes." It's time to move forward so we can address other issues. We have bigger fish to fry.

Jay Stooksberry
Chair, Libertarian Party of Delta County

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