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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Yakima, WA: “Keep Marijuana Out of Our City, But Give Us Some Of That Marijuana Tax Revenue”

This isn't exactly a burning issue, but the hypocrisy here the have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too mentality absolutely begs to be snarked and ranted about.

As you probably know, Colorado and Washington have both legalized marijuana.  In Washington, individual cities have the option of not allowing the growing, processing or selling of marijuana within their city limits.

Yakima, WA has made this choice.  Yakima has some of the worst gang problems this side of East L.A., so I would have figured marijuana would be the least of their worries.  But anyway, it's their decision.

But now the Yakima City Council wants to receive some of the tax revenue that will be generated by Washington's legal pot industry.  Uh, you know, even though marijuana will not be sold or processed anywhere in Yakima.

[scratches head]

Uhh, do what now???

If this isn't welfare, getting something for nothing, reaping the fruit of somebody else's labor I don't know what is.

City Councilman Dave Ettl said “I'm prepared to defend cries of hypocrisy from now until whenever.”

Count on it.

Perhaps the Yakima City Council members should re-read the childhood fable of The Little Red Hen.

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Blogger Karlo said...

If they have problems with gangs, wouldn't they want to remove a source of gang funding? They're not only hypocritical, they're stupid!

March 4, 2014 at 5:34 PM  
Blogger Jerry Critter said...

Those eastern Washington people have always been a contrary group.

March 4, 2014 at 6:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suppose Yakima COULD argue that since Yakima residents may be driving elsewhere to purchase pot and bring it back there to "Add" to their "Problem" that they deserve some share...

Otherwise it's no different then Red Areas demanding their piece of the Blue Area's tax revenues (no matter how liberally based) in the name of one big happy family.


March 4, 2014 at 7:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well maybe if more of the people in that town smoked pot and chilled out there would be less gang criminal activity and more revenues for the town to spend on improvements and updates. Just saying...

Life As I Know It Now

March 4, 2014 at 9:08 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Karlo: I agree, hypocritical and stupid.

Jerry: They seem to be. And that reputation is shared by the inland parts of California and Oregon as well.

Erik: Yup, it's just another variation on the red states being subsidized by the blue states while preaching about bootstraps and self reliance.

Life: Good points. But try explaining that to a dimwitted Republican city council.

March 6, 2014 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Oregon has approved some deal that allows towns to shut down local dispensaries temporarily, until something like May of 2015. I'm pretty sure my NE Oregon town will opt for that approach.

Our problem around here is not marijuana, it's meth. I think our local law enforcement would be better utilized in trying to reduce what is a true scourge and what actually damages lives. Will shutting down dispensaries just refocus our local police on pot instead?

I'm not sure what's so dangerous about pot, or why the feds classify it the way they do. And I'm not sure why Oregon, which has a reputation as being such a progressive state, hasn't evolved as much as WA and CO have, at least not yet...

March 9, 2014 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: Same here, with meth. That seems to be the common denominator among small towns and rural areas. I tried Benzedrine a few times when I was in the Navy; no more than 2 or 3 of those tiny pills at a time. Sort of an interesting high, but beyond that I couldn't see the attraction of it, especially when you see all these toothless vacant-eyed people wandering around.

Meth and other hard drugs should definitely be a higher priority than pot.

March 9, 2014 at 3:36 PM  

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