Buckley buckled; Bonny Lake has sprung a leak; UP wants MJ, Tacoma is already in the tank so any bets Lakewood will for long lag behind?
“Lured,” is the word John Gillie used in his November 6, 2016 headline in the Tacoma News Tribune: “Bonney Lake joins Pierce cities lured by marijuana tax revenue.”
“‘Lured’ is almost Hitchcockian in feel,” opined “Rotten Tomatoes” in its review of the 1947 movie by that title in which women are lured by a serial killer, never to reappear.
Never to appear – as in not directly mentioned – in Gillie’s article is any evident consideration by the aforementioned city councils concerning any significant downsides of providing easy access to an addictive source.
Just the opposite.
Said Buckley Mayor Pat Johnson, “Not selling marijuana in your town doesn’t mean you won’t have anyone using it here. They’ll just get it in Tacoma or elsewhere.”
In other words, let’s ‘roll’ our people before someone else gets the chance to do it.
And besides, look at the money to be made from shaking out our citizens. Money for police, money for parks. Why think of the PONY league (Protect Our Nation’s Youth) kids playing ball in uniforms sponsored by your local weed store.
Even the Legislature has gotten into the luring business with can’t-refuse lucrative incentives to loco, er local, governments offering a cut of the pot, er pot, “in hopes of discouraging local bans.”
“Consider the irony: Here is the government, essentially breaking the social contract – the agreement by which the people submit to being governed, in trust that those who govern them will act in their benefit. Instead, the government is actively seeking to legitimize a vice that destroys people and wrecks homes. For government to encourage – and even profit by – such self-destructive behavior is, as Michael Kelly of the “Washington Post” wrote ‘a profound betrayal of every value there ever was’.”
Kelly was a contributing author to an article entitled, “Beating the Odds” by Charles Colson & Nancy Pearcey. The addiction in this case was gambling, another betrayal by, er portrayal of, government with eyes-glazing, mouth-salivating, drool-dripping, hands-clutching, zombie sleep-walking toward – but never reaching – such supposed saviors of the economy, skeletal-finger ever beckoning.