James Swenson: Legalizing marijuana is not family-friendly
The letter writer raises family concerns about legalizing marijuana.
I find it interesting that Governor Walz in his state of the state speech said something to this effect.
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From the letter: Recently, we have been reminded of the dangers that members of law enforcement face every day in service of our communities with the tragic death of Pope County Deputy Sheriff Josh Owen being the latest reminder. Please remember to keep Deputy Owen’s family in your prayers and may he rest in peace.
From the letter: You can also contact the Suicide Hotline at 800-273-TALK or text HOME to 741741. There is also the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, call or text 988 or visit 988lifeline.org/chat.
We are going to make Minnesota a family-friendly state. That seems incongruous to me when he has said he will sign the Marijuana bill.
Just another headache for which the families will have to cope.
Also, I wonder how many of our state legislators actually took time to talk to law enforcement officers in states where it is now legal.
James Swenson, Willmar
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