Legislators ‘looking forward to citizen input’

2:21 pm March 14th, 2013

State Reps. Gary Alexander and J.T. Wilcox will host three town hall-style meetings this Saturday in the Second District for discussions of issues facing the Legislature.
The first meeting of the day will be from 10 to 11 a.m. in Graham at the Graham Fire and Rescue station at 23014 70th Avenue E. That will be followed by sessions scheduled for 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Lacey Fire Station 34 and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Yelm Public Safety Building.
“I’m looking forward to hearing citizen input,” said Alexander, a legislator since 1996 who’s in his first year as a representative for the Second District. He was reassigned to it through redistricting last year.
“There are a lot of issues that we’re dealing with in the Legislature that can have an impact on people’s lives,” Alexander said. “Hearing our constituents’ thoughts and ideas on various issues helps us make the difficult decisions that need to be made in Olympia.”
Wilcox, a second-term lawmaker, said “hosting town halls is an important continuation of a time-honored tradition. I hope people bring great questions and ideas.”

One Response to Legislators ‘looking forward to citizen input’

  1. Brent Finnigan Reply

    June 16, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Please oppose turning over medical marijuana control to the WSLBC and taxing it. The citizens voted on and passed the existing wording on initiative 692 and it needs to be left as is between the patients and their doctors. And 85% tax on medication is wrong on every level. The DOH already regulates the doctors and the doctors regulate the medical cannabis patients.

    This is just an obscene money grab by the state to mix in people using cannabis for pain control and those just getting high. Please keep them separate. It would be the same as taxing insulin, antibiotics and heart medication.

    I have four herniated disks and now have liver damage, hypertension and peptic ulcers from using Tylenol and Motrin for too long. Most prescription meds such as Vicodin, percacet, hydrocodone also have tylenol in them. I can only have 3 steroid blocks per year and they cost me $1076 out of pocket for each one.

    My medical doctor who rarely prescribes cannabis suggested it as a last resort until surgery. I have never used it before but after 3 months I have a drastic reduction in pain and inflammation. I got back part of my life.

    Please don’t tax me for that or all the thousands of other people that are using medical cannabis prescribed by their docs for pain.

    Please don’t try to balance the state’s budget on the backs of people like me, chemotherapy patients, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, glaucoma and the other horrible conditions that cannabis can help.

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