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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Pot moratorium is poor government
According to the Washington State Liquor Control Board, if the Island County Board of Commissioners approves a moratorium for six months, it will not affect licensing and applications.
What the moratorium will do is force investors to spend thousands on application fees while a handful of people decide if they personally want this business in Island County.
A six-month moratorium will essentially double license fees for anyone applying in Island County because license fees are due upon approval of the license, Jan. 1, regardless of any moratorium.
The current set of laws force Island County residents to purchase marijuana through organized crime networks. Many of these same networks supply heroin, meth, and other synthetic drugs.
Island County marijuana users are currently funneling $2 million to $3 million dollars a month to these cartels and networks.
A moratorium of six months will push this new industry out of the county along with the jobs and economic stimulus that goes with it.
At the risk of sounding like a conspiracy nut, when pubic officials side with the interests of organized crime someone needs to investigate those people.