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Letters to Editor
Weed on Wheels

Friday May 15




I read the Beachcomber article on the mobile pot distributor. It reminds me how diverse the different states are in their attitudes toward cannabis. One of my morning coffee drinkers runs a medical marijuana distribution store about 4 miles from downtown. As far as the recreational stuff goes, the city recently decided that one shop was enough, but their challenge will be to find a retail location agreeable to Anacortes citizens.

Another acquaintance has started a 17,000 sq. ft. production facility located in a rural area about 8 miles from here. Their primary focus is to produce an extract that contains as little THC as possible. THC is the stuff that makes you high. Their desired product called CBD and it is used for pain control and seizures and whatever else.
The overall situation in Washington is confusing but not chaotic. It’s not front page news. I’m hoping that after a few years most of the production and distribution of therapeutic drugs derived from marijuana will be under the control of large pharmaceutical companies.

Tom Beeler
Anacortes, WA



Thank you for your enlightening article “Weed on Wheels” in your last issue. It truly emphasizes the need for citizens to have safe access to this wonderful healing herb—cannabis. We have close to 900 establishments in Long Beach that serve and/or sell alcohol.
Yet, there is a total ban on marijuana collectives even for medicinal use.

Consider this:

* Every 15 seconds a woman battered in U.S. (U.S. Department of Justice)

* Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women ages 15-44.

* Estimates of 70-90 percent connect alcohol to domestic violence.

* Four women and three children die each day in the U.S. from domestic violence.

* Marijuana use has been linked with a LOWER risk of physical abuse among married couples than the average population.

* Forty percent of all violent crimes are connected to alcohol consumption. Numerous studies have shown a reduction in violence when cannabis is legalized/decriminalized.

* Alcohol is a factor in 88,000 deaths in the U.S. per year (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention).

How many deaths in the entire history of mankind were the result of marijuana overdose? ZERO

Alcohol is involved in over a quarter of all suicides in the U.S. (approximately 7500 per year). More than one-third of suicide victims used alcohol just prior to death. Studies show a reduction in suicide rates where marijuana is legalized/decriminalized.

Which one is safer, cannabis or alcohol? You do the math. No one should go to prison for a God-given plant.

Diana Lejins