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Letters to the Editor for April 12

Great theater coverage

I am really quite pleased that the Hood River News sponsors all different kinds of theater-related activities happening in the Gorge. It is a great aspect for local and outside people to know about drama and musical theater so they can come see their acquaintances, or just for sheer joy of seeing theater.

All the music and theater instructors enjoy their work being advertised and then soon put on for the Gorge to see.

Thank you for keeping Hood River aware of upcoming excitement in the theater life of the Gorge.

Sean R. Gray

Hood River

No moratorium

On Monday, April 14, at 6 p.m. the city council will reconvene to decide whether or not to impose a moratorium on legal dispensaries that would offer patients safe, local access to medical marijuana in Hood River. At the last meeting the council said it needed more information before making a decision.

The council has taken almost three weeks to research information and investigate any concerns they had since their last meeting. Hopefully now that the council has done their information gathering they will be in full agreement with council members Laurent Picard and Carrie Nelson who both voted against the city pursuing a moratorium.

At that meeting Mr. Picard made some very important statements that I would like to echo again and hope that now, after some education, the rest of the council can agree with him. He said: “Medical marijuana is a needed service and the city should not impede establishment of safe and legal dispensaries.”

He also said: “We don’t need to make it more difficult for medical marijuana patients to get their marijuana and be sure it’s tested and safe.” Then speaking about the new state dispensary law and the requirements already imposed, Picard said: “The provisions are robust.”

Correct again, Mr. Picard; in fact the rules were developed through a lengthy public process that included over 17 hours of public meetings and testimony before a rules advisory committee that included members representing law enforcement, medical marijuana advocacy and legislators. Together these educated decision makers and the Oregon Health Authority implemented very comprehensive rules that tightly regulate and govern the new dispensaries.

The OHA continues to make new rules and restrictions that help address safety concerns. The latest rules implemented last week were adopted to aid in the protection of children by requiring all medication and edibles to be packaged in non-see-through child-resistant packaging.

In the end, it should about the 300 legally licensed patients in Hood River county who both need and deserve safe and local access just like we all have for prescription pharmaceuticals. To force these patients to drive well over an hour away through the Gorge just isn’t safe and doesn’t make sense.

Please, no moratorium.

Michael Rachford

Hood River

Help needed

I was in Hood River the afternoon/evening of Wednesday, April 9, to tape the JV and varsity lacrosse games between Hood River and Canby. I lost a small black camera bag with a white Sony DVD maker inside at either Westside Elementary School or at the stadium at the Hood River Valley High School.

I need the DVD maker to do the DVDs for the coaches. I would appreciate their return. Thank you.

Jeanne Eyman

Canby

If found, please call either school: Hood River Valley High School, 541-386-4500, or Westside Elementary School, 541-386-1535.

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