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Don't let profit, politics trump our kids' safety

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Dear Editor:

People who compare alcohol to marijuana are usually the same people who are attempting to minimize the dangers to our children as to its use. These are the same people who want to legalize a self serving agenda either to gain income from it or self indulge themselves with it. It's just like the rebellious generation of the 1960s: "We want it because you said we cant have it." It's like trying to tell a 5-year-old no. Why? Because it will make you sick -- then the kid throws a tantrum.

In a DCI letter written on Sept. 26, Jay Stooksberry signed it as the chair of the Libertarian Party of Delta County. It would appear that Stooksberry is sending a message to engage party politics in order to win the battle for marijuana on the November ballot.

Since September of 2017 I have been very much in the forefront of the marijuana argument. I have written several letters as a former treatment clinician in addiction recovery. I have publicly spoken and shared research to hundreds in our community. I have experienced my own recovery and now have been sober for 10 years. It's a well documented truth that alcohol is addictive, legal or illegal, but has always been more difficult for children to acquire. I have never treated a 13-year-old for alcohol addiction.

In a 2018 survey of 1,002 kids in our school district, 408 say it is easy to get marijuana. A Grand Mesa Choice Academy commented, "Kids are turning to drugs; they are making it their life." What wasn't surveyed was how many kids were Lib, Republican, Democrat, independent, rich or poor. Addiction to marijuana doesn't have a preferred political party or station in life. When you are sitting in front of parents of well-raised kids who are crying and saying "What did we do wrong," that would not be a good time to ask about party affiliation.

The Colorado School Safety Resource Center parents fact sheet states that use at an early age WILL -- not maybe -- become addicted. It's not marijuana anymore, it's about marketing the higher levels of THC that is in it. The real agenda is not about our kids' safety but about profit and party politics. Those I have talked to about marijuana never bring up party affiliation except the Libertarian Party chair Jay Stooksberry.

In my above analogy it is now the 5-year-olds saying to the adults NO. Why? Because it's making us sick. Parents listen to your kids not political parties. In November vote NO to ballot numbers 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H.

Scott Schaible
Delta

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