Comment of the Day

Reader: Sketchy areas near dispensaries make me ambivalent about Amendment 64

Our post yesterday about marijuana-community divisions over Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, led to plenty of pros and cons in our comments section. One reader framed her view of the initiative by sharing her observations of the areas near medical marijuana dispensaries.

Jennifer Phillips writes:

I've always been for decriminalization. I have noticed since moving to Denver, however, that the areas around many of the dispensaries near my neighborhood tend to be quite a bit "sketchier" (for lack of a better word) than say an area just a few blocks down the street. I don't know if more regulation would help this, and I'm not sure if the problem even changes my support for decriminalization. If anything, it has made me ambivalent about the issue because I now see it as a lose-lose situation.

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