|Letters to the Editor - March 5, 2012|
|Written by Readers|
I see that the City of Woodinville has taken the immensely brave step of prohibiting medical marijuana collective gardens.
I wonder about their justifications, though. The council gave many reasons for banning the gardens, such as housing stock removal, degrading neighborhood aesthetics, smell, chemical discharges, electrical fires, mold, loiterers, traffic and crime. All of these problems exist without the marijuana collective gardens.
Removal of housing stock? How many foreclosed houses are sitting empty in your neighborhood? I can see one right now.
Smell? What about horse manure?
Mold? We just paid thousands of dollars to get rid of mold due to a poorly-installed roof.
Loiterers? How about those kids that have been hanging around at the end of the cul-de-sac for the last 21 years?
Traffic? Better close down every home business.
Crime? We have had several break-ins on our street already.
These problems already exist without marijuana collective gardens, and most of them can be dealt with through existing laws. There are already ordinances dealing with unsightly dwellings, with loitering, with crimes, with excess traffic. And there is no reason that Woodinville should not join forward-looking cities and states and allow the production of medical marijuana. Sure, marijuana use is a federal crime, but there is no law, federal or otherwise, that prevents a municipality from making a law allowing production. If the law seems unconstitutional, someone will contest the law and the courts will decide. Many people, people I know and love, cannot deal with some medical problems using legal drugs. The drugs make them sick, stupid, poor, or just don’t work at all. The wave of realization that marijuana can be an effective treatment is beginning to crest. Unfortunately, Woodinville is trying to stop this wave, but will be washed over.
John S. Snow, Woodinville
Northshore School District (NSD) has the earliest high-school bell time of any district in the region. Early bell times mean teens get inadequate sleep which leads to poorer academic performance and health. Parent Advocates for a Later Start (PALS) http://www.facebook.com/groups/112424038826467/ is currently working toward achieving a later start time for high-school students in NSD. Please sign the online petition to reach the goal of presenting 500 signatures by the March 13 NSD School Board meeting. Online petition — http://www.change.org/petitions/northshore-school-board-start-high-school-later?share_id=kqhGNQKOEM&pe=d2e
Debra Srebnik, Woodinville