In my view, Sen. Ryan Ferns’ views on legalizing marijuana — delivered from a head-in-the-sand, albeit imperial, point of view and recorded in publications throughout the state — offer confusion, rather than clarity, to West Virginians hungry for a progressive, debt-free state.
As with any advocate of the status quo, he searched for and accepted views from Denver that supported his predisposed viewpoint disfavoring legal marijuana and discarded views that tested his mindset on that issue.
Legalized marijuana in Denver came into being because it addressed popular demand by its citizenry and was never intended to be a serendipity for that state, nor will it be a cure-all for West Virginia, staggering under debt and indecision; but it could be a sizable finger in a leaking dam holding back financial waters.
Denver reaping tax revenue and increased employment from legalized marijuana was a plus for a grassroots movement. As with any new endeavor, problems will occur and detractors will pop up like mushrooms, but they do not negate the positive outcome in Denver because of