By Nathalie Hardy • Columnist • 

High turnout expected at pot panel

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It seems after last nights city council meeting, The council members feel they are more qualified to think for Oregonians then the senate, the house or the governor. They are going to ban marijuana dispensaries in McMinnville. They would of done it last night but from my point of view, they are giving a perfunctory public hearing in the interest who knows what. It was obvious that their minds were made up.
I can handle my own child. I don't need you to do it for me. It's pompous and a arrogant of any municipality to put up road blocks for cannabis users. The people in McMinnville and surrounding areas have paid money to the state to secure their right to use cannabis. Take care of the library and the streets and sewers. Don't regulate the morals of human beings. Your know better than anyone I know. Or me for that matter. We are not second class citizens. It's discrimination at this point. That's right, you are discriminating!
Maybe the council will just try and ordinance them out of the area by putting an extra 1000' around any park in McMinnville. Keeping them in the shadows instead of in the light where there is safe access. There are empty buildings with for rent sings all over town. money being lost because of what.
I see all kinds of people and talk to them about cannabis. They alleviate symptoms that range from a whole gamete of reasons. I will tell the gal with her cancer that comes to seek relief that, when she wakes up and is feeling nauseous, that she will need to travel outside the town or even outside the county (depending on what the county does) to get the relief she is looking for. Thanks to her local city council and county commissioners.


Marijuana is the third most popular recreational drug in America (behind only alcohol and tobacco), and has been used by nearly 100 million Americans. According to government surveys, some 25 million Americans have smoked marijuana in the past year, and more than 14 million do so regularly despite harsh laws against its use. Our public policies should reflect this reality, not deny it.

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