This letter is in response to that from Dean Athos in the Sep. 29 Journal, wherein he asks why we have no local dispensaries in our county.
Regardless of how one may feel personally about cannabis, because of the will of the majority of California voters, it is now legal for both medicinal and recreational purposes.
Why must members of our community leave our community in order to buy cannabis? Why can we not compassionately make it available to those who face travel or other obstacles? Why cannot the county receive its share of tax revenue from cannabis retail sales?
Why can we not profit from the top-quality product our friends and neighbors can provide and for which Trinity County is renowned? Why do we force users to either travel or buy cannabis on the black market, both of which cause money to flow away from us instead of toward us?
I’m sure that Trinity County could use the money, and I’m confident our county could put that extra money to good use.
We’ve lost the timber industry, gold mining is basically done, fishing tourism is struggling, and here we are sitting on an emerald revenue stream just begging to be utilized, yet we let retail sales slip through our fingers.
In these uncertain economic times, perhaps we should consider allowing and supporting local retail businesses in this growing industry.