2018-10-21 / Viewpoints

Letters to the editor

Writer urges ‘no’ vote on marijuana legalization proposal

Dear Editor,

I’m writing in hopes that concerned citizens will reject the proposal on legalizing recreational marijuana. It is a known fact that today’s marijuana has significantly higher levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the ingredient responsible for the psychological effects of feeling “high.” The proponents of legalization will tell you revenue will help public education, road repairs, and municipalities who set up businesses of pot shops. They won’t tell you the truth as being experienced in Colorado: increased crime, fatal crashes, overdoses, school suspensions, homelessness, and use and addiction in youth (Rolling Stone magazine, April 19, 2018 and Westword magazine, 2016). The earlier a youth starts, the greater potential for lower IQ, poor school performance and long-term memory and impairment issues. The article also points out that many businesses located in lower socio-economic neighborhoods and market the high potency “green crackweed” products through vapes, candies, energy drinks and bars, lip balm, and other easily-concealed items.

The official ballot language would allow an individual 21 or older to purchase, possess, grow and consume. As we all know, the current laws regulating alcohol and nicotine do not prevent our youth from indulging as they will always find a way and a willing adult to help. You may also want to research the National Institute on Drug Abuse Policy, July 2018, and Colorado School of Public Health, November 2016, for marijuana and child abuse and neglect.

Norma Gross

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