Ought to Federal Way let cannabis shops?


Seven years just after voters legalized marijuana statewide, the debate rages on more than whether or not cannabis retailers ought to be permitted in the city.

But Federal Wayans will have their say for the second time as they vote on Proposition 1 this November.

Numerous citizens have spoken passionately each for and against retailers moving in to the city in previous council meetings.

Kat Morrison advocated for retailers to come into the city, citing her previous practical experience with opiate addiction and how marijuana was capable to get her away from the tougher substances.

“Opiates have been killing me,” Morrison stated. “Cannabis has saved this girl’s life.”

Susan Hastings, a further outspoken citizen, stated she did not agree with bringing marijuana retailers to the city just for the income chance.

“Don’t appear for revenue on the backs of other persons,” Hastings stated, concerned about what could be permitted in the future if marijuana retailers are legalized in Federal Way. “What will not create income? Prostitution? Promoting infant components?”

Just after many months of public comment hotly debating this concern, the pro and con committees have place forth their statements and rebuttals for the November ballot on this concern.

The “pro” committee’s statement focuses on the elevated income the city could get by permitting retailers into the city, and emphasizes the inability for youth to enter the premises with no suitable ID.

If retailers are permitted in city limits, Federal Way could be seeking at income of about $100,000, similarly to the income Auburn sees from marijuana retailers, according to the pro statement.

Even so, opponents of cannabis retailers say this quantity is insignificant.

According to the “con” committee’s rebuttal, “the up to $300,000 in excise and sales tax revenues we could obtain is insignificant — not even sufficient to place 3 police officers on the street.”

The con committee’s statement focuses on how marijuana can impact the improvement of children’s brains and says there are alternate strategies to raise income for the city.

“The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that marijuana interferes with memory, concentration, understanding and brain improvement, lowers the odds of finishing higher college and increases the threat of psychosis,” according to their statement.

Even so, proponents of cannabis retailers say the argument that permitting marijuana retailers in the city would inform youth marijuana is secure “defies logic.”

“Alcohol and tobacco solutions are broadly readily available, but no a single believes they are secure for teens,” according to the proponent’s rebuttal.

Jack Walsh, a member of the con committee, disagreed with this point, saying, “Just mainly because alcohol is simply readily available for youth and is far more acceptable does not justify carrying out the exact same issue to marijuana. Children shouldn’t be drinking alcohol either.”

The con committee also claims that Washington’s Division of Wellness reported that cannabis use amongst teens has stayed flat or decreased because legalization.

Allison Taylor, a pro committee member and chair of the 30th District Democrats, also stated the con committee was intentionally misleading persons with their statement that “Sixty-a single % of Federal Way residents voted against pot shops 4 years ago.”

“I assume it was dishonest that they intentionally misrepresented that 61% of our population voted against marijuana shops in 2015,” she stated, noting only about 9,500 Federal Way residents basically voted in the 2015 election.

Walsh stated he discovered it strange that persons would contemplate that misleading.

“Our State Senator, Claire Wilson, was only voted for by 30% of Federal Way’s population, and she’s nonetheless our senator.”

Primarily, lack of voter turnout does not delegitimize voting benefits, Walsh stated.

For the duration of the 2015 election, Federal Way residents voted to disallow marijuana retailers in city limits.

According to election benefits, about 9,117 voted they did not want any pot shops to come into the city (61.four%), whilst five,737 voted yes (38.six%), regardless of the 53% of Federal Wayans who voted in favor of legalizing marijuana statewide in 2012 with the passing of Initiative 502.

Health-related marijuana has been fighting to come into the city because 2011 even so, the initial moratorium on health-related marijuana retail was enacted in 2011 and reinstated in 2013.

The council extended the measure in October 2014 and once again in April 2015, when they authorized an advisory vote that asked Federal Way voters if they wanted marijuana retail corporations in the city.

In December 2015, the council voted to permanently ban marijuana retailers inside city limits just after the November election benefits of the advisory vote came back.

Even so, as numerous persons on the pro side of the argument have stated, that was a couple of years ago, so they say the city is properly overdue for a further vote.

For the duration of the July two council meeting, council member Jesse Johnson stated 4 years just after the vote is far more than sufficient time to bring a vote on this concern back to Federal Way residents.

“Every 4 years as a nation we pick a new president and path for our nation,” he stated. “So why not, 5 years later, bring it back to the vote of the persons.”

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board allotted 4 marijuana retail licenses to the city of Federal Way, of which Judy James holds two.


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