Saturday, October 8, 2011
Thank you for your editorial stance in the paper about the marijuana centers. I agree that they should be banned. I realize that it took a considerable amount of courage for the newspaper to take a definitive stand on such an explosive topic.
It is this kind of leadership that the city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County was looking for.
The voice for marijuana has been so loud and derisive that most people are afraid to make a comment against it, for fear of a public rebuke from the pro pot crowd.
They don’t want to be looked at as if they were against the freedom of the individual. The American way is to let people do what they want within the accepted restrictions of the social structure, like speed limits and traffic lights.
We also have been beaten up with the comparison of marijuana and alcohol, as if sponsoring one automatically should allow the other. Prohibition didn’t work, therefore banning marijuana centers won’t work. Very few of these complaining people lived prohibition or have studied the social engineering experiment that was prohibition. We have a society that allows alcohol today, but it is well-regulated and controlled. There also is zero tolerance for young people to participate in the alcohol world. Even with that, we still have a serious social problem with alcohol abuse. Why would we want to sponsor another one. As everyone knows, the attempt to bring marijuana to the public under the guise of a medical herbal solution for chronic pain is a scam, as you so well point out in the editorial.
I seriously hope that the social organizations follow your courageous leadership and sound off about the incredible damage that an open marijuana society would bring to Steamboat Springs and Routt County. Organizations like the Elks, Knights of Columbus, the Rotary and the Kiwanis clubs, for example, should follow your leadership and contact their membership urging them to vote against these marijuana centers. The local churches and the school boards also should stand up and be counted in this public debate. The school boards or school superintendents should send a letter of information to the parents of the students within their domain, clarifying the harm that this drug can do to a young person and urge them to be heard at the ballot box.
Again, thank you for your courage in taking a leadership role in voting these centers down. I hope that you will continue to be out in front during the coming debate.