Reader: Other states should legalize weed and leave Colorado alone


"Gone to Pot," Patricia Calhoun, december 26

Pot Luck

I have been concerned that Colorado officials make this state look very humorless in their approach to implementing Amendment 64. No matter what else happens, we'll show the world a real Rocky Mountain high.
Joe Conner

If you were the only pot-friendly house on the block, would you advertise to all your neighbors? The real message to the rest of the country should be to legalize your own damn weed! Don't come trash our state, ignore all the other cool stuff we have to offer and break our rules. We aren't Amsterdam.
Chad Hill
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Thank you, Westword, that was very helpful.
Shawna Cook
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"Parks & Wreck," Alan Prendergast, December 19

Out of the Loop

My family and I have been residents of South City Park for the last ten years. I am the father of two elementary school girls who love walking and biking to City Park and the Dustin Redd playground on a weekly basis! I attended at least a half-dozen public meetings hosted by Denver Parks and Recreation on the Re:Imagine City Park Competition, both before the City Loop concept was selected and after its selection. I even took my children to a couple of the meetings. Your article "Parks & Wreck" is quite one-sided. It does not appear that you sought any opinions from the numerous families who live in the neighborhoods surrounding City Park that support major park and playground improvements. Our neighborhood is made up of many young professional families as well as many retirees, which makes for a great community. However, it seems that many of these folks from older generations are not interested in anything new in South City Park, including the recently opened Sprouts Market. It would be interesting to know the average age of the opponents that you interviewed. Next time you write about such a controversial neighborhood issue, you should interview people on both sides.

It is important to note the technical misinformation being spread by the Stop City Loop group that the City Loop will "take" thirteen acres of park land. The ten acres in the center of the loop will basically be untouched and will remain as passive open space, with grass and large existing mature trees. I encourage you to write a follow-up story after the January 15 South City Park Neighborhood Association meeting in which we will take a vote for supporting or opposing City Loop. You should send a representative to this meeting.
J.J. Folsom

Editor's note: The city has put City Loop on hold for now; read all about it on page 11.

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The "War on Marijuana" has been a complete and utter failure. It is the largest component of the broader yet equally unsuccessful "War on Drugs" that has cost our country over a trillion dollars.

Instead of The United States wasting Billions upon Billions of more dollars fighting a never ending "War on Marijuana", lets generate Billions of dollars, and improve the deficit instead. It's a no brainer.

The Prohibition of Marijuana has also ruined the lives of many of our loved ones. In numbers greater than any other nation, our loved ones are being sent to jail and are being given permanent criminal records which ruin their chances of employment for the rest of their lives, and for what reason?

Marijuana is way safer, and healthier to consume than alcohol. Yet do we lock people up for choosing to drink?

Marijuana is the safest and healthiest intoxicant known to man, with many wonderful medical benefits as well.

Even The President of the United States himself has used marijuana. Has it hurt his chances at succeeding in life? If he had gotten caught by the police during his college years, he may have very well still been in prison today! Beyond that, he would then be fortunate to even be able to find a minimum wage job that would consider hiring him with a permanent criminal record. Let's end this hypocrisy now!

The government should never attempt to legislate morality by creating victim-less "crimes" because it simply does not work and costs the taxpayers a fortune.

Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is an inevitable reality that's approaching much sooner than prohibitionists think and there is nothing they can do to stop it!

Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!