Last week the Grays Harbor County Commissioners voted to approve zoning for marijuana production and sales. Their justification for this centered on the following two points.
The first was that the electorate approved the referendum, and as such it is the “will of the people.” It may have passed, but fewer than 54 percent of the county’s voters thought it was a good idea and anyone who paid attention to this initiative would have noticed that the paid signature gatherers and the numerous TV ads were primarily paid for by out of state interests. These businesses wanted to make money by producing and selling dope to our citizens. From all the news reports of planned drug factories here, it looks like they will get their wish. I wonder how many are going to be operated in King County? If the “will of the people” is sacrosanct why do we not have $30 car tabs, higher teacher salaries or smaller class sizes? These were all passed by the electorate. It seems the political government classes only care about initiatives that will bring in taxes. Too bad these all go to the state, not the counties or cities that will end up bearing the burden of the social and law enforcement costs.
The second point is almost breathtaking in its rationale. It goes like this: we had to vote for this zoning or they could do business anywhere! Since 14 counties in the state have banned all pot activities related to I-502 perhaps our feckless commissioners are missing something. With a little effort they could even call Hoquiam and have them explain how it is possible to exclude dope rather than legitimize it!
I realize that the county would not have stopped much of the increase in easy access to pot for our adults and children by not allowing production and sales in Grays Harbor County. It would have, however, made a statement that drugs are not a good thing despite the “gold rush” mentality that seems to be celebrated by the people who will get rich selling this drug. The commissioners could have been the adults in this situation.
In closing, I would hope that you just ask yourself: “Will better access to high powered dope help Grays Harbor County?”
J. E. Meyer