Letter: Legalizing marijuana was wrong move for Washington

September 4, 2013 

Can private citizens sue the federal government for not enforcing federal law? I did not vote for the legalization of marijuana. I have teens. I do not want a permissive drug culture in my community where I am trying to raise law-abiding citizens.

How will widespread sanctioned marijuana availability and use promote:

w Solid responsible alert parenting?

w Responsible citizenship?

w Academic achievement and excellence?

w Community involvement/concern for others' welfare?

w Safe driving?

w Employability?

w A competitive innovative work force? (And I don't mean hawking drug paraphernalia.)

w A healthy citizenry, which saves our economy money?

Marijuana is consistently a factor in many criminal activities. The boys in West Richland who are accused of killing their peer were allegedly using marijuana.

It should be illegal to impose experimental drug policies on citizens who reject propositions that are counter to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, which for me includes a drug-free environment. I don't want to hear or see advertisements, marketing campaigns or marijuana stores. I don't want to live next door to a pot grow. I don't want to be exposed at all to drug messages while taking my kids around town. I reject marijuana use in my community and continue to be baffled by the lack of common-sense support for parenting.

SHELLY HANSEN, West Richland

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