I believe that Sara Rapp has been misinformed about the effects of marijuana (letter to the editor, Sept. 20). It is NOT a "gateway drug" in any way, no more than drinking Coke is a gateway drug to liquor. It is also not addictive like alcohol and opiate drugs are. If a person has an addictive gene in their body, they can become addicted to just about anything. The "vast human wreckage" she mentions is from hard drugs and alcohol.
If you look back in history, marijuana has been around for eons and many famous and creative people have used it. It is a natural and native plant that has been proven to help many, many people with medical problems. I have a son with a bi-polar disorder and after many years and many costly prescriptions, marijuana has helped him tremendously. If it helps cancer and seizure patients, how can it be so horrible?
The good that would come out of being able to provide for the community would not only benefit the people who need it medically, it would also be putting much needed money into the community -- that cannot be a bad thing. Smoking a joint is no different than having a beer or glass of wine, other than you can become addicted to the latter. Lavender and hemp have their uses, however not nearly as much as the benefits or income derived from marijuana.
I am not a smoker; however, I have seen the dramatic benefits to my son and a friend who suffers with MS.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.