Six months ago a petition failed its attempt to legalize retail marijuana in Delta, therefore the people have spoken. Four months later city council members Nathan Clay, Chris Ryan and Kevin Carlson decided to force it on the November ballot and again the people said NO to retail marijuana. That's twice in eight months which to me seems unprecedented. I think their constituents might also be saying that they don't like their newly elected councilmen trying to force their will upon them in the name of much needed revenue.
Earlier this year then candidate Jay Stooksberry was very vocal about marijuana and pushed for a vote of the people, Stooksberry lost his race to Kevin Carlson who surprised us all with his vote for dope.
So here's the deal: the above mentioned 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.
I would like to thank those who stood up against marijuana, smart people who did their due diligence and concluded that this so-called much-needed revenue would come at too high a price mainly to our children and the family environment that Delta is so well known for and so very proud of.
Thanks to councilman Gerald Roberts and Mayor Ron Austin for your years of experience and wisdom for putting us first ahead of revenue. It's that kind of maturity that anchors us to the greater good and not a special interest. Let's not sacrifice family friendly just to be "business friendly." Businesses come and go, revenue comes and goes, councilmen come and go but family is what makes Delta valuable.
Let's not forget our past but remember we can create our future so let's put marijuana in the past.
(Editor's note: As a point of clarification, Delta voters rejected retail marijuana but did approve medical marijuana centers and cultivation/testing of medical marijuana.)