I commend The News Tribune for publishing a picture on Page 1 (TNT, 2-22) of Jason Gutz of Safe Streets. He spoke before the Washington State Liquor Control Board about kids’ safety with the coming legal production and sale of marijuana.
It was ironic that the headline above the photo and story read, “Pot retailers, enthusiasts speak to board about I-502.” I got the impression from the photo caption that Gutz might not have been the most enthusiastic person addressing the board last week.
I was disappointed that the article did not contain any details about Gutz and his concern for “kids’ safety.” I was eager to read what he had to say. With all the excitement of growing, processing and selling marijuana legally in our state, we cannot ignore the downside issues of the drug.
Just what effect will the availability of pot to adults have on children from grade school through their teen years? Are there any red flags that should be explored if kids pick up marijuana from unsuspecting parents or other sources? Could Gutz’s insights be helpful to Washington residents who want to be prepared for the good and not-so-good impacts of marijuana legalization?
Not everyone voting in November’s election backed the legalization of marijuana. We should not get caught up solely on the issues of who will be growing or selling pot, but should carefully examine marijuana’s possible effects, particularly on our young people.