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Jodi McDonald: Economic benefits of marijuana a smoke screen

Advocates for legalizing recreational marijuana keep touting the economic benefits for Nevada County. They hold Colorado, Oregon and Vermont up as shining examples of cash cows. Economic growth is good, but there is more involved.
Research the problems those states have encountered since they legalized recreational marijuana. It has had a negative effect on their banking industry, law-enforcement, family and marital stability, employment, homelessness, and school dropouts are on the rise.
The stench is already overpowering from existing grows. To solve this, some suggest indoor grows be allowed to flourish. However, these plants require copious amounts of light. It is possible growers would use solar, but it is also possible their high intensity grow lights would increase the burden on our electric supply.
Alcohol is legal for recreational use. Look at the problems it causes in homes, schools, emergency rooms, and on roadways. We are fooling ourselves if we believe there will be no social or domestic consequences. Read the sheriff’s blotter to see how crime and general stupidity is already on the rise due to drugs.
What message are we sending to our youth? A more stable economic growth can be achieved by welcoming new businesses.
Jodi McDonald
Nevada County


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