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By Cheri Harris

No place for pot


The Bible says, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people”—Proverbs 14:34. This truth applies not only to nations and states, but to individuals, families, and local communities.

Declaring something “legal” does not necessarily make it right or moral or good. Marijuana is now legal in our state, but it is not any more beneficial or helpful to individuals, families, and communities now than it was when it was illegal. As we ponder how to revive the communities of Klickitat County, the question at the top of our list should not be, “What will bring in the most money?” but “What kinds of enterprises can God bless?” No matter how lucrative a business venture may seem, if God cannot bless it, then we should not participate in it.

Regarding the Sentinel article of March 22 about the marijuana sunset clause, I find it troubling that Klickitat County Commissioners have failed in nearly two years to create an ordinance to protect us from the blight of marijuana farms, processing plants, and retail stores, and the crime that follows. I find it equally troubling that there is even debate on this issue. Will such businesses attract the kinds of “tourists” we want to invite into our county? Will our neighborhoods and highways be safer? Is marijuana what we want our area to be known for? Something to be proud of? Is this the example and legacy anyone wants to leave for their children? The answer is a resounding “No.” Drugs destroy individuals, families and communities, plain and simple. Marijuana may be legal now in our state, but it’s just as destructive, foolish and sinful as ever. Our Commissioners have the authority to keep marijuana businesses out of our county, if they will act.

If Goldendale and Klickitat County are to prosper, we must invest in things that build up, not tear down. God is not silent on these issues; we only need to read the Bible to know what He will bless, and what He must curse.


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