EDITOR: Saturday's article “SR may relax rules on pot” seemed to forecast marijuana's gradual evolution to legality. Santa Rosa's marijuana dispensaries want longer hours, greater revenue, permission to sell drug devices, larger advertising signs and for their workers to use pot on the job. How are our laws and regulations being twisted?
On Tuesday, Santa Rosa Councilwoman Erin Carlstrom will propose changes to loosen dispensary regulations. Carlstrom tipped voters off to what she sees as the future of pot distribution and sales in the article's concluding sentence, “For now, I think it's a nice balance.” Carlstrom needs to tell us what she sees as the real end of that story.
For a contrast, read David Brooks' Saturday column (“Stoned, and all the stupider for it”). Brooks revealed his silly and stoned experiences as a high school student. He expressed sadness for former pot smoking friends who dropped out, and he praised those who dropped their habits to live rewarding lives.
Brooks' concluding statement contrasted with Carlstrom's. Brooks referred to a state closer to legalization, but his words could eventually apply to our community. Brooks wrote, “. . . they are also nurturing a moral ecology in which it is a bit harder to be the sort of person most of us want to be.”
EDITOR: Dr. Jeff Miller (“County on right track in addressing dental problems,” Close to Home, Thursday) suggests limiting sugar, but children eating the free breakfast and lunch at school get 50 percent of the calories as carbs (which convert to sugar). Remember, we evolved on hunter-gatherer diets that were only 5 percent carbs.
As for fluoridation, consider the source. Miller is a board member for First 5, which gets $5 million in Proposition 10 money. Are we surprised that funding comes with strings attached?