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Pot consequences real

Kevin Oliver’s quote in “Vote shows pot uneasiness,” (Dec. 12) called my efforts to slow down the process “ ‘fear mongering,’ saying her arguments about the public health effects were not based in scientific fact.” Oliver has zero facts, and resorted to name-calling.

Oliver thinks interim zoning, allowing an unlimited number of pot growers, is a good thing. Inform yourself: Google “pot smoking consequences” at the Centers for Disease Control, get documented facts from Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council, or from Smart Approaches to Marijuana by Kevin Sabet, Ph.D.

Oliver “fears” the public will learn the truth. You must learn about the severe consequences from pot.

Documented scientific facts: Pot is three times more potent than 15 years ago; emergency room admissions are up sharply since 1991; pot is fat-soluble and stays in the brain and liver 28-plus days from ingestion. There are no accurate breathalyzer tests. Pot causes increased mental illnesses; is linked to reduced job productivity; affects reproductive organs; contains 50 percent more carcinogens than tobacco smoke; and there is no food safety oversight in brownies, candy or drinks. It’s still illegal under federal law (possible asset forfeiture).

I care about documented facts and kids. Oliver wants profits, facts be darned.

Alene Lindstrand

Spokane County planning commissioner



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