Comment of the Day

Reader: Why Don't Cops Investigate When Drunk Teens Do Something Stupid?

As we've reported, nineteen-year-old Austin Essig recently suffered serious injuries after jumping out a third-floor window.

Police believe he may have done so under the influence of marijuana edibles, and an investigation is currently underway, with a release about the situation prompted by inquiries from two Denver television stations.

Many of our readers reacted to the story with frustration, seeing a double-standard in the way marijuana-related incidents are covered, particularly in comparison with alcohol.

Here's an example that's simple and straight to the point.


Aaron Patterson writes:
Would this be a story if a drunk teen did a stupid thing and got hurt?
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