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Marijuana in Crawford: The dark side

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Dear Editor:

Jay Ziegler starts his letter to the editor (Sept. 14) on sales of marijuana with how he is appalled about the tax dollars being spent on lawyer fees. I think if the truth was told we would see that the fees are because of his actions and a few others that have an agenda of bringing legal sales of marijuana to Crawford against the will of the people and the town council. Our mayor, Wanda Gofforth, only told the truth in front of a judge while trying to get a restraining order against a person that is considered a bully. Gill Saunders, Carl Page and Jay Ziegler ran in our last election and lost so now they want to recall our mayor. This is the second mayor Carl Page has taken action against.

As in Jay Ziegler's letter, this is all driven by a desire for sales of marijuana. I say that these sales are driven by their desire for money which results in greed and rotten politics. A newly released report shows that traffic deaths, crime, emergency room visits and youth usage of marijuana have significantly increased in two years since the legalization of recreational pot in our lovely state. Marijuana-related traffic deaths increased by 62 percent in 2013. About one in five more youth are now reporting having used it in the past month since legalization. The biggest health concern for young people using marijuana is its harmful effects on the brain which continues to develop well into their 20s. Children 12 to 17 (middle school through high school), are dealing, trading and using marijuana. College-age Coloradans now rank first in the nation for marijuana use. Crime has increased and Colorado has a thriving black market. Drug traffickers are secretly shipping mass quantities of weed out of Colorado. This can go on and on but the bottom line is: are the good citizens in Crawford willing to sell their soul for money? I, for one, am not. As Carl Page's sign reads ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, and I say grow up and let Wanda and the town council do their job.

Daniel O'Donnell

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