Pubdate: Fri, 29 Jul 2011 Source: Herald, The (Everett, WA) Copyright: 2011 The Daily Herald Co. Contact: http://www.heraldnet.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/190 Author: Tammy Tenan MORITORIUM THE WRONG APPROACH It's inhumane to put a moratorium on marijuana dispensaries. It is denying people the right to access their legal medicine. People who use and need this drug have cancer, wasting syndrome, Crohn's disease, terminal illness, or are dealing with a reaction to chemo -- among other things. Not all of these people can grow their own supply for many reasons: cost of growing supplies, space to grow in, knowledge of growing, health restrictions, etc. There were a couple of dispensaries in Everett prior to this moratorium, yet the public never saw anything like a "pot farm" such as was mentioned in a recent article. There are no open fields of weed, valleys full of pot, not even backyards sporting the plant alongside the tomatoes. Sure, the plants are being grown to supply the dispensaries, but there are no signs of the activity as far as the public can see. There also weren't any traffic concerns that came to reality while the dispensaries were operating, so the idea of needing to study the impact of the business is pure hogwash. Stop the moratorium and zone the businesses so they have operating areas to work within, like what is done for the adult clubs. Our governor proved she has no backbone, no ability to protect citizens' legal rights, and no forethought as to the impact her lack of leadership has had on medical marijuana patients. I hope our county and city councils have more fortitude than our governor. Tammy Tenan Camano Island - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.