There are a good many of us that have worked countless hours in various community groups to help reduce the use of mind-altering substances by our youth. It is the goal of many to offer better choices for use of time. It is a constant struggle for law enforcement to keep dealing with offenders over and over again. Most of the people I have talked to voted against legalization of Marijuana. Granted, the vote may have been carried by volumes of population in the cities. We have chosen to live here to keep a distance from access of substances that will lead to the ruin of our children.
At a time of our local government facing huge revenue deficits it is understandable that any creative way to raise money will be considered. Many feel that the Port of Willapa Harbor has chosen a path that we do not agree with. Perhaps the decision was hasty or presented in such a way that sounded like a benefit to our community. Perhaps by adding marijuana to the list of our natural resources such as oysters, crab, fish, shellfish, and good hunting the Port might have thought it would add to attracting commerce. It would be a good faith gesture to give the Board at the Port the benefit of the doubt by considering that their efforts were to raise money for our area. Perhaps they have not considered that our youth will take the example of the government agency and consider the Port and City support a green light that it is OK to use this drug.
I would like to propose that the Port give the good folks in this area a chance to give input as the Port is a public entity, supported by public funds, and interested in keeping good public relations. How can they know that many consider this a threat and we fear the long-term effects of permitting this to happen unless we tell them? As in many cases these days, government agencies take action without the vote of the people.
We can express our feelings in other ways by giving input to the Port of Willapa Harbor and cc letters to the City of Raymond at the following addresses:
* Port of Willapa Harbor, 1725 Ocean Avenue, Raymond, WA
* City of Raymond, 230 2nd Street, Raymond, WA
It would only be reasonable for them to respond in a way that aligns with the will of the people. Please exercise your rights and not allow this Cannabis virus to take hold and spread. The ultimate cost will be the minds of our children.
Respectfully submitted by,
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