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Letter to the Editor

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Dear Editor,

Have you signed the petition? The one for the ballot initiative to get Marijuana Decriminalization on our November ballot...have you signed that one yet?

I was recently performing at an event, honoring the public library poetry publication of When the River Speaks, and when I finished reading a poem about my pink sheets, I was asked to sign this petition! It was the first time I had seen it, and I was honored and excited to do so.

I would like to encourage my fellow neighbors to join me in signing this petition because I feel it’s important that we have our voices heard.

I was approached by a group of young and enthusiastic volunteers, and I felt pride. Having worked with the college population for a couple of decades, I beamed to see the initiative of our very capable and engaged twenty-somethings. However, I wondered why more “older folks” like me don’t seem to be actively pursuing this long-overdue ballot initiative.

I decided to show up to the well-attended volunteer meeting to offer my help, and I was shocked that not one person at this meeting was impressed with my cassette tape Walkman that was playing the Reality Bites soundtrack when I entered.

And none of them were parents!

I decided right then and there that I needed to sound the alarm:

Gen Xers Unite!!

We’ve gotta get involved and do something!

Born in 1978, almost one year exactly after Elvis passed, I am a proud Gen Xer. Whatever.

We didn’t do much politically. We had MTV, our own house keys dangling from shoelace necklaces, and we didn’t really vote much. That’s why MTV started telling us to.

In order to be able to vote for decriminalizing marijuana in San Marcos, we need 10% of the registered voters in San Marcos to say they want this on the ballot. WE CAN DO IT with this petition! I know that I’m particularly trying to appeal to Gen Xers, but anyone of voting age who’s registered in San Marcos should sign this petition. With the upcoming 4/20 holiday approaching, it’s a perfect time to do so. To get involved, email me:

With High Hopes,

Kelly Stone

Runner-Up to Bunny Boom Boom for Best Local Personality

San Marcos Record

(512) 392-2458
P.O. Box 1109, San Marcos, TX 78666