Kipp Armstrong: Clarifies comments on marijuana growing facility

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Clarifies comments on marijuana growing facility

My comments were shortened and thus altered in the article reporting on the very helpful and informative public forum Monday night at the R.K. Finn Ryan Road School sponsored by Ward 6 Councilor Marianne LaBarge, the city of Northampton, and Just Healthy, LLC (“Neighbors have questions on pot farm,” May 15). They were also misheard by at least one woman in attendance.

The adults in this city overwhelmingly approve of medical and recreational marijuana. That display of civic involvement and adventurous activism is one of the reasons I love this city so much.

I am also aware of the overwhelming evidence that if people wait until their brains are fully developed, they have a significantly higher chance of being able to safely use marijuana recreationally and medically without developing addiction issues.

My comments Monday night are focused squarely on protecting the youth in our community. My understanding gained from attending this meeting is that the proposed greenhouse is an industrial building which is easily suitable to an industrial park setting, rather than placing it smack dab in the middle of numerous neighborhoods.

Growing up with a pot farm in your backyard could accidentally result in a desensitization of this potent drug, and negatively impact youth decisions on when to try it.

Kipp Armstrong