Letters to the Editor

We need to consider all the facts about marijuana

As a long time islander, I would like to weigh in on an off island growing operation moving to Vashon. I applaud Kevin Joyce’s witty article highlighting the conundrum with the K2 building (“We can do better than pot at the K2 building,” Dec. 11). He accurately focuses the debate on appropriate uses of island resources and the legacy we create through our choices.

It’s disheartening to read opinions of recent transplants to Vashon debating in favor of a grow operation on Vashon.

Comparing a large scale pot growing operation and small micro-brewery is absurd, and using CDC facts regarding comparative annual deaths due to consumption of alcohol and pot reveals a true misunderstanding of community concerns. At issue is what ill effects a large scale grow operation will have on our health and safety as a community, not what threats consuming marijuana will have.

In lieu of epidemiological public health and safety studies on pot, we can look at historical trends and current events.

There was a murder at a Seatac grow house on March 13 of this year and one on Feb. 27 at a Langley, British Columbia, grow operation, to list just a couple.

Denver district attorney Mitch Morrisey also has a different opinion regarding crime and marijuana. Morissey stated in an interview earlier this year, “We have had 12 homicides related directly to medical marijuana. We have had over 100 aggravated robberies and home invasions.”

The decision to allow a large scale grow operation, owned and operated by off islanders is “devastatingly simple”? In my experience, there are very few things that are devastatingly simple, especially when it involves the community and potential long-term effects of our health and safety.

Before we throw open the doors to off island growers, perhaps we ought to look at alternative uses for our community island resource that serve islanders.

— Daniel Macca

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