LETTER TO THE EDITOR: An open letter to Councilman Grego | TahoeDailyTribune.com

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: An open letter to Councilman Grego

Dear Mr. Grego,

I could not help but to read your comment regarding the medical marijuana dispensaries, and that you see them as “more dangerous than the Angora fire.” This was probably the single most ignorant and insensitive comment I have heard quoted from one of our esteemed council. There were people who lost homes, all their belongings, their pets. They had to rebuild their lives. The Angora fire was devastating. It was horrid. The effect on the environment was equally as devastating. The economy was hurt when outside contractors were brought in. The list could go on here. Do you really want to say that medical marijuana is “more dangerous than the Angora fire”? Really, Bruce Grego?

What about these (real) dangers? Time shares, tourists, sex shops, the giant Ta-hole at Stateline, pot holes, lack of sidewalks, poor public transportation, bike riders, riding bikes, traffic, re-development, eminent domain, fast food chains, corporate stores, local business failures, unemployment, homeless people, beggars, litter on the streets, litter in the lake, fireworks, litter left by the fireworks display, deforestation, noise pollution, Barton Hospital’s monopoly on our health care choices. None of these dangers come near to being “as dangerous as the Angora fire” but they would all be good subjects for the council to address.

Here, on the other hand, is just a partial list of conditions that medical marijuana is known to be helpful for: Alzheimer’s, anorexia, anxiety, AIDS, arthritis, autism, cachexia, cancer, Crohn’s disease, depression, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV, insomnia, migraines, MS, nausea, pain, PTSD, spasticity, stress, wasting syndrome.

Comparing a legal form of medication to a disaster like the Angora fire is simply unacceptable. So take a moment, Mr. Grego. Really? “More dangerous than the Angora fire”?

Gail Finkelstein

South Lake Tahoe


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