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March 24, 2014
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Letter: Consider the economics for Douglas County

In support of medical weed

The proposed ban on medical marijuana dispensaries causes alarm for a number of reasons. It’s important to fully discuss them in a way everyone can understand without having to resort to the Internet. The first reason for alarm is an economic one. Medical marijuana dispensaries are local businesses and as such, they pay every tax any other local business owner must pay. These taxes are used to benefit and build our city. There is already concern about local revenue. To even think about shutting down a local business that helps increase revenue is cause for concern.

Another big economic reason is that other counties are already afraid that if senate bill 1531 passes, they will face huge lawsuits because of businesses they forced to shut down because of the ban. Such a ban would cause money losses with these business owners. Those losses could easily be used and hold water in a legal court setting, costing us more money in the end. For those wondering what SB 1531 has to do with Roseburg, it is a bill to introduce reasonable restrictions on those who run a dispensary. Reasonable restrictions would render bans, such as the one discussed recently in Roseburg, illegal.

Medical marijuana is just that — medical. It is not physically addictive. There are no withdrawals when use is stopped. Opiates, narcotics as well as other pain medication and most anxiety and depression medications are highly addictive and lead to worsening conditions in the long haul.

If Roseburg expects our community to prosper, the ban will not be put in place. To succeed, we must look at every member of our community, not just the healthy who would use marijuana for recreational, not medical purposes, and help our disabled and ill stay afloat.

Ruth Klassert


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