Along the way, several tangent conversations developed.
Among the most interesting was one in which several readers argued that the issues with cannabis in Denver, especially, pale in comparison with those involving another drug.
Here's a part of that exchange.
Sarah 'Hagen' Alexander writes:
I don't think pot is a problem.... Heroin and Meth seem to be the biggest problems in Denver.
Cole Whitaker writes:
Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.
All one has to do is take a walk on the river trail off downtown to see the needles. Heroin has become a huge issue no one's talking about.
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