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Newport: Marijuana and Fluoridated Water both on the same agenda

Newport City Council Fluoridated water and recreational marijuana.  Might be a long one.

Newport City Council
Fluoridated water and recreational marijuana. Might be a long one.

The Newport City Council will be getting the one-two punch tonight from those for or against fluoridated water and recreational marijuana.

Although recreational marijuana was approved state-wide nearly a year ago by Oregon voters, there are still many who are still symbolically fighting against its cultivation, sales and use within their respective counties and cities.

Tonight, the Newport City Council will be saying yes or no to early sales of recreational marijuana BY MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES within the Newport city limits between October 1st and January 4th. On the 4th of January the Oregon Liquor Control Commission will begin licensing recreational outlets and all the regulations associated with it. The impetus for the early sales is to reduce the impact of illegal marijuana sales between October 1st and January 4th. After January 4th, legal retail sales begin. That’s the first part for the Newport City Council to consider.

The second part is whether the council will approve the growing, processing, wholesaling and retail sales of recreational marijuana within its city limits. If the council votes no, two things happen. There will be no recreational marijuana sale inside the city limits of Newport, and a measure will be placed on the November 2016 ballot to give the voters the final say on whether to continue the ban. Or, on the flip side, if the council does not prohibit the growing, processing, wholesaling and retailing of recreational marijuana, the city gets to slap what amounts to a three percent sales tax on recreational marijuana sales. Nobody’s predicted how much the tax would raise for the city.

The second issue coming up before the city is whether to add fluoride to the town’s drinking water. Newport has been without fluoride since the new water treatment plant was built several years ago. Debate is always hot and heavy between those who support fluoride (dentists, medical researchers, etc) and those who don’t, (dentists, medical researchers, etc). The Centers for Disease Control recently issued a report on fluoridated water that took more of a middle ground. The latest CDC report indicates that there is fluoride in just about everything people eat, naturally occurring in the water they drink, and certainly as a component to the toothpaste they use to brush their teeth. The CDC now says that fluoride in drinking water “further supports” dental health.

Meanwhile there have been many reports/allegations that fluoride in drinking water contributes to an array of medical problems. They also point to studies that reveal the rate of tooth decay in countries that don’t have fluoride added to their drinking water is practically the same as those that do.

Fluoride and marijuana. It might be a bumpy ride for the council this evening.

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