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Cannabis is already being sold, Gov. Youngkin should have regulated it

Vaseline 2 months ago

Cannabis market

Governor Glenn Youngkin has vetoed two bills, House Bill 698 and Senate Bill 448, that aimed to create a legal retail market for cannabis in Virginia. The governor expressed concern about the potential adverse public health consequences of legalizing cannabis. Current laws, or lack thereof, only perpetuate an unregulated cannabis market that could further harm Virginians.

The issue of legalizing cannabis in Virginia is a major concern that Youngkin recognizes. However, he has not proposed any viable solutions to address public health concerns. I urge Youngkin to prioritize public health by regulating Virginia’s legal cannabis market rather than actively avoiding it.

Logan Driscoll, Newport News


Re “York County Sheriff’s Deputy Shoots Teen During Standoff; 16-year-old seriously injured” (April 15): Shooting first to injure or kill is not always the right way. The article describes an incident that occurs regularly throughout America. Although the teenager in the article is armed and considered dangerous to society, discharging a firearm at someone may not always be the answer.

Time and time again, we see these cases everywhere where a child is involved in an officer-involved shooting because the child may have posed a threat. Sometimes they don’t even have a gun; it was just a false assumption. Tamir Rice is a case where a 12-year-old boy was playing with a toy gun in a Cleveland park. Police were called to the scene and upon arrival he was shot and lost his life.

It breaks many hearts to think that some of the lives lost at the hands of police are children who are trained to protect. These children are the future of America. They will not feel protected if we continue to scare them with these incidents. Those watching from the outside will also not feel protected. As Americans, things need to be done better. If that means probing first and shooting later when things get bad, then so be it.

Chantiana District, Virginia Beach

Scam calls

Re “Uber Helps Investigators Consider Driver Sent to Ohio Home Where She Was Killed” (April 17): In Ohio, Loletha Hall, a 61-year-old woman who drove for Uber, received a request to go to William go to Brock’s hometown. Brock told police he was threatened for money over the phone and believed Hall was part of the scam. He shot her multiple times, according to a criminal complaint, and she died at the hospital, CNN reported.

This is a terrible story and a situation that should never have happened. We need to do something about the scammers to prevent the elderly community from being taken advantage of. The number of “scam-like” calls that come in every day is ridiculous for anyone. Luckily we have that feature to help sort calls, otherwise there would be even more risks of getting scammed.

More must be done to identify, stop and hold these perpetrators accountable. I’m definitely completely frustrated with the calls I receive and often think about people not being aware of this.

Ukneeka White, Newport News

No secrets

How ironic that this all started with a “hush money” payment, and now everyone in the world knows about it.

Patrick L. Blake, Virginia Beach


I see that American evangelicals, who believe that God holds someone responsible for what you do or don’t do, want a president who is not responsible for anything.

Brian Caroll, Hampton