Op-Ed: Grant County Court Judge Says Recreational Marijuana An “Ethics Issue”

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By Keith Mansur

Oregon Cannabis Connection

 

Sept 30, 2016 – On Wednesday the Grant County Court (Grant County’s commissioners) reversed earlier bans on marijuana in the county by allowing medical marijuana dispensaries. It was passed as an emergency so it can take effect immediately.

Hooray for Grant County, Oregon…sort of?!

In the very same meeting, a resident of the county questioned the Court’s decision to ban recreational marijuana outlets. Considering not a single person at the meeting spoke against the medical marijuana dispensaries, the question was warranted. Antonio Roberts mentioned the loss of significant tax revenue by banning recreational outlets, reported the Blue Mountain Eagle.

Their head commissioner, unfortunately given the titled the county “Judge”, is ignorantly stuck in the past and apparently believes cannabis users, or at least those who are not medical patients, are ethically inferior to himself.

Court Judge Scott Myer commented he believed recreational marijuana was “an ethical issue”, and not about tax revenue. He and the other ordained “leaders” control a county with fewer residents than the Portland Timber’s stadium will hold. If you assume your personal prejudice is the same as everyone else in the county, then you feel like it’s OK to make such a degrading and disrespectful comment. This is how a community gets the moniker “Podunk”.

It never ceases to amaze me how such people are elected to lead in these communities. I truly hope they do not reflect the thinking and moral values of ignorance and prejudice, but one must wonder. They are elected officials, after all.

Of course, they strategically left it open to a change down the road, as their ever morphing moral standards bend to suit their needs, like a religious conservative supporting Donald Trump for President. These “leaders” are not leading at all, but choosing the path that suits their narrow minded views based on stereotyping and bigotry.

So, it’s not a “Hooray” for Grant County, it’s more of a, “Really? medical only?”

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Keith Mansur

Keith Mansur is the founder, publisher, and editor of Oregon Cannabis Connection newspaper. The print publication has been serving Oregon since 2010. He has been a Oregon medical marijuana patient, grower, and caregiver since 2006. Find him on Facebook or email him at occnewspaper420@gmail.com

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