Opinion: CARP Growers Bribe the School District
By Peggy Lamb
[This Op-Ed is in response to recent reports of the Carpinteria School District working with local marijuana growers. Read KEYT's story for more information.]
What's next? Cannabis laced cupcakes at the school bake sale? CARP Growers has the audacity of bribing Carpinteria School District with a measly sum of money earmarked for a drug and alcohol counselor at the schools. I'm a fan of sarcasm and Mad Magazine, but come on guys, really?
Like the oil companies campaigning for a clean environment and the tobacco companies donating to find a cure for lung cancer, the cannabis growers have now jumped aboard the sleazy tactic of buying off those most adversely affected by their industry. I find some humor in the fact that one argument given was that Carp High School students don't mind the odor. Huh? It's like going to the Santa Barbara Bowl and enjoying the high of the surrounding pot smokers.
The bottom line is the CARP Growers want to make money regardless of the impact on Carpinteria. It's the bad neighbor who moved in next door and there is no law protecting you. BUT, the schools are responsible to protect the children, yes even the teenagers. Taking money from cannabis growers is like dedicating your athletic stadium to Jack Daniels because Uncle Jack was so nice to donate the funds.
It's bad enough that CARP Growers bought off Das Williams, but heh, he's a politician and isn't that one of the perks? In seriousness, I implore the Carpinteria School District Board to rethink taking the money. It's hypocritical.
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