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Reader: Keeping Bars and Clubs Open Until 4 a.m. Is a Recipe for Disaster

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In a recent Comment of the Day, a reader argued that patrons of pot bars — a concept connected to a social-marijuana-use proposal that could go before voters in November — would leave the establishment 90 percent less intoxicated than the typical alcohol-bar customer.

A lot of readers shared their thoughts about this claim — some who agreed with it, others who had doubts.

Along the way, though, one person made note of a petition calling for a regulatory change to allow bars, nightclubs and the like in Denver to stay open until 4 a.m.

She feels this is a bad idea, and here's why.

Amy DeSalvo writes:

Do you all know there's a proposal to keep bars open til 4 am in Denver? Think about the ramifications of that... Try and find some sort of way to make that seem like a good idea. You can't. Selling booze for another 2 hours is going to lead to all kinds of problems, more drunk drivers is just the beginning. Why isn't anyone talking about that??

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.For more memorable takes, visit our Comment of the Day archive.

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