Daily Sun News Editorial

Marijuana sales or not – on the ballot

The general election ballot has a proposition that will make you take notice.

Proposition No. 1, and advisory vote, asks: Should the Board of Yakima County Commissioners continue the complete ban of marijuana production, processing and retail sales within unincorporated Yakima County?

Think of the ramifications. If you vote yes, our culture will have changed dramatically. Is this change inevitable? Are you too late to stop it?

Since marijuana is controlled by the state, like liquor, those under 18 can’t buy. But you know that many teens, maybe most, have imbibed.

Marijuana generates tax revenue for the state and the jurisdictions that allow production, processing and sales. Any revenue generated now by Yakima Valley customers goes to Union Gap or Benton County.

Those who use marijuana will get it wherever they can. Would you rather keep the revenue with the county and perhaps your community?

Maybe you want to keep marijuana as far away from and your family as you can. But can you really? Anybody can possess it now. They can buy it in Prosser and smoke it in your back yard.

Will complete approval affect society? Probably, and the state will likely end up funding addiction intervention.

This is a tough vote. The Daily Sun will take a position. But first we’d like know what some of you think. Write to us.


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