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By Mark Heid
Superintendent - Goldendale School District 

We're against it

 


To the Editor:

It is my understanding that yet another marijuana dispensary is attempting to open in the Bailey Loop Drive area of Goldendale. The Goldendale School District is adamantly opposed to any marijuana dispensary opening in our community.

The Goldendale School District strives to offer its students a quality education in a safe environment. In order to reach this goal, it is imperative that it is a drug-free school. With changing state laws, marijuana has now become more accessible in our communities and to our students and their family members, which is concerning to school personal as we continue to try to educate and provide a safe environment.

According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, very few high school students use illegal drugs without first using marijuana. Depending on different life factors and frequency of use, marijuana is also an addictive drug. Marijuana use by adolescents has been on the rise since the mid-to-late 2000s which reflects the perceptions that marijuana is seen as a non-dangerous drug with limited risk. In 2013, 7 percent of 8th graders, 18 percent of 10th graders, and 22.7 percent of 12th graders reported using marijuana in the past month, up from 5.8 percent , 13.8 percent , and 19.4 percent in 2008. Daily use of marijuana by 12th graders has increased 1.5 percent from 5 percent in 2008 to 6.5 percent in 2013. The National Institutes of Health reports that 6.5 percent of 12th graders smoke marijuana daily, up from 6 percent in 2003 and 2.4 percent in 1993.

We believe that students do their best work when they are not under the influence of drugs or living in a home where drugs are used and abused. With a licensed dispensary of marijuana being considered in our community, there is a better chance that our students will be exposed to this drug more frequently, which can have a negative impact on their studies here at the Goldendale School District as well as impacting the safe environment we maintain.

 

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