The Tacoma City Council plans to zone areas where marijuana would legally be sold, and it's a bold first step to bring sanity and a mature perspective to medical and recreational marijuana use.
You'd think the media would give credit to legislators who are forward thinking and who have the fortitude to stand up for individual rights. But you haven't read The News Tribune.
A plan to sanction areas where medical pot dispensaries can operate legally is poised to be approved. Additional plans call for collective gardens, where those with a green card (which The News Tribune characterizes as "easy to obtain") can buy marijuana.
Their editorial acknowledges there is a need for police to easily patrol areas where there are dispensaries, stating "there’s much to be said for creating a legal framework that would restrict medical marijuana locations and allow Tacoma police to better monitor them."
But The News Tribune perpetuates the notion that all dispensaries must be illegal. However, they do not recognize in their opinion piece is the money the city of Tacoma will save by effectively legalizing marijuana and giving those who are looking for pot a defined place to look for it.
The article also notes how the collectives and dispensaries will be located in economically depressed areas. However, it also fails to take into account the taxes and revenues that will be generated by cannabis-related businesses and the establishments around them.
This is a rare instance where politicians should be applauded for their foresight — however, The News Tribune's adherence to a status quo that's being increasingly challenged? Not so much.