Email your letter to editor@fedwaymirror.com. File photo

Email your letter to editor@fedwaymirror.com. File photo

The documented dangers of marijuana

Do we really need to make Federal Way even more vulnerable to crime and violence than it already is?

This fall, Federal Way voters are considering whether to allow marijuana stores within the city limits. Initially, I was ambivalent about the marijuana issue – I had no strong feelings either way. Then, I began reading Alex Berenson’s book about marijuana (entitled “Tell Your Children: The Truth about Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence”), and what I learned astonished me. Consider the following facts, all supplied by Berenson in his book:

• Marijuana use breeds crime and violence. “All four states that legalized [marijuana] in 2014 and 2015 – Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington – have seen sharp increases in murders and aggravated assaults since legalization” (Berenson xxxi). Further, several prestigious medical journals have published papers asserting that the use or abuse of marijuana is more strongly associated with violence than the abuse of alcohol is (Berenson 167).

• Medical marijuana is far more ineffective than one might think. Recent studies by the National Academy of Medicine have shown that the usage of medical marijuana has little to no effect on helping cure humans from ailments like cancer. In fact, such studies actually found evidence that “cannabis use is associated with testicular cancer – and that mothers who smoke are more likely to have children who develop leukemias and brain cancer” (Berenson 75).

• Marijuana use is overtaxing our emergency rooms. The number of people who go to the emergency room because of marijuana-related problems has increased dramatically in the last decade. In 2014, for instance, emergency rooms saw more than 1.1 million cases that included a diagnosis of marijuana abuse or dependence – up from fewer than 400,000 in 2006” (Berenson 152).

It’s sad and scary that marijuana is legal in Washington state. Isn’t it enough for those who use it that they can go to a nearby city to obtain it? Do we really need to make Federal Way even more vulnerable to crime and violence than it already is? The answer is clearly “no.” So, vote no on Proposition 1 to ban marijuana stores within the city limits.

Harold Geno

Federal Way

More in Letters to the Editor

Warren’s veterans’ services proposal something I can support

It is the most comprehensive plan for supporting veterans and military families that I have heard in a very long time.

LGBTQ+ population must become visible in Federal Way

Federal Way still remains a desert for LGBTQ+ support services.

Jamila Taylor would bring extremely valuable qualities to council

As a lead attorney, Taylor is uniquely qualified to see all sides when it comes to the city’s police and courts.

Linda Kochmar’s work is not yet done

Linda has enriched the city of Federal Way with accomplishments and dedication to community that nobody could equal.

Grandchildren would grow up in community that puts stamp of acceptance on marijuana use

Is there any amount of tax revenue that makes up for that? Vote no on Prop 1.

Don’t be led down a rabbit-hole of misinformation

Having a cannabis dispensary here in my city would make it so much easier for me to access my medication.

Cannabis helps those with chronic diseases

Cannabis is regulated by the Liquor and Cannabis Board, and is helping many people with chronic diseases.

Take back America and vote

We are losing our republic through our own fault.

FWEA supports Phillips, Jones, Stable Homes Initiative

The educators proudly serving our community endorse Luckisha Phillips, Jennifer Jones for FWPS school board.

Magruder is an independent voice for school board

Tenya Magruder knows these numbers and others that show our schools are in crisis mode.

Regarding more hyperbole by the con committee

The lie that residents are not actively, indeed intimately, involved in supporting Prop 1 is just another con job by the con committee.

Jamila Taylor’s choices reflect her core values

Jamila chose to serve on the city Human Services Commission and make a difference within the community where she chose to live: our community.