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Ms. Ristow, it is customary to identify people featured in newspaper articles. Everyone in Steamboat Springs may know the identity of the fear-monger "Elkins" repeatedly mentioned in your story, but general readers will not.
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If there were an iota of sense in the District's policies on drugs, possessing enough of a deadly and extremely addictive drug to distribute to others would carry at least as great a penalty as possessing enough of an essentially innocuous drug to distribute to others -- I think we may infer both that the answer to your question is "no" and that there is not an iota of sense in the District's policies on drugs. In that tobacco kills ~435,000 Americans every year, and that many of them acquire the addiction which eventually killed them in or near their schools, while no mortality can be attributed to cannabis, all the angst expressed here by parents and others is totally misdirected. Anyone genuinely concerned for teenagers' health does not waste time wringing their hands over cannabis -- tobacco is an infinitely more baleful threat!
No, because the authors and arbiters of the District's idiotic policies are dim hypocrites.
If Steamboat Springs is so stupid as to support your anti-cannabis jihad, then it will be wasting far more money than that -- in fact, it is wasting far more money than that because of the fear of cannabis projected by your ilk.
Cannabis can impede the formation of short-term memories and thus slow learning -- there is no evidence that it lowers adolescents' IQ, but it is perfectly reasonable to try to exclude it from schools. Parents have legal responsibility for their minor children and varying degrees of desire to exercise control over their lives, but most would prefer they not use drugs, even ones so benign as cannabis -- witness the several worried, reactionary responses above. School officials went too far and the District overreacted, but you too are reaching a little too far -- cannabis is not a significant threat to health or to learning, but you might expect parents to object to their children using it nonetheless.
"Where did that DARE program go?" -- seriously? If telling your kids that you do not want them to use cannabis and that it hampers learning is not enough, then they may end up using cannabis. As for telling them a bunch of transparently preposterous lies, that will only scare off the dumbest and intrigue the rest, but have at it: maybe you can revive DARE locally.
"... the school then wanted to search a car that did not belong to the student. According to the school district policy, ... cars can be searched ..." - oh yes? According to the Constitution, they cannot. Where was this car? Was the student in possession of it? In any event, a warrantless search without the consent of her guardians was wrong, and the existence of such a blatantly illegal and contemptible policy, an excellent reason to replace the School Board, the administrators of the District, and its policies. I really wish one of you jokers had a clue about American values.
You need to fire Rae -- he is an utter imbecile! Drivers' substitution of cannabis for alcohol has driven down traffic fatalities 9% in states that instituted medical cannabis laws (google "Medical Marijuana Laws, Traffic Fatalities, and Alcohol Consumption"). The most authoritative meta-analysis of studies of driving under the influence of THC to date (google "Grotenhermen Developing limits for driving under cannabis") admits that no scientific basis exists for setting a standard for impairment with THC (which did not stop the scientific illiterates in control of Colorado from asserting one in law; it is however not a per se standard). If you look at the first graph in that paper (from an Australian study), you will see that blood levels of THC under 5 ng/ml of blood (what the State of Colorado claims indicates impairment) correlate with a lowered risk of accident.
Gov. Hack has already declared that none of the huge windfall to State revenue from our overtaxed dispensary system will go to meet Colorado's budgetary needs -- all is being sent straight back to the prohibitionist parasites we need to tear away from the public trough. With Colorado's traffic fatality rate dropping because of cannabis, $2,000,000 is to be spent trying to dissuade drivers from using it by means of threats. $45.5 million goes for supposed "drug abuse treatment" -- but that is construed to include the court-mandated "treatment" of minors caught with cannabis. Swine like Rae want millions more to train 11,000+ cops across Colorado to be so-called "Drug Recognition Experts" (DREs) -- this totally unscientific scam will not improve the qualification of police to do their jobs or make our roads safer. Rae insinuates that he is keeping cannabis out of schools, which is an outrageous lie.
Our very limited legalization of cannabis should save Colorado money; it is not an opportunity for greedy pigs like Rae to gorge themselves and their organizations. There is no factual basis for claiming that we are incurring any valid increased costs due to cannabis, and Rae should be fired for suggesting otherwise, if for no other reason. Tourists should be warned about Steamboat Springs, Estes Park, and other burgs with DRE-enthusiasts like Rae heading their police departments; any town stupid enough to allow their like to prey upon visitors deserves not a single one. Boycott Steamboat Springs!
Thanks. I put in a few hours trying to communicate with posters on Denver's craigslist who implied they would deliver cannabis to adults (often by writing "Amendment 64 compliant") to inform them of their peril. It did take a fair investment of time, but I (briefly) succeeded in reducing the number of such ads; several posters wrote "thank-you", and one, "bless you". Another, the "Cannabis Club of Denver" adopted an extremely defensive posture, insisting (to me, an activist against Prohibition) that they were not selling cannabis, and disdaining to accept me as a member because they feared that I wanted to out or politicize their members (had I joined, the probablity that I would have attempted to engage the members in political discussion would have approached one) -- the principals were arrested a couple of weeks later. This sort of educational effort could prevent many arrests and felony convictions, but it will have to be pursued until the General Assembly heeds the Constitution. I tried to interest both Sensible Colorado and the MMIG in supporting a public outreach to deter arrests (also acting against the illegal market and supporting the legal one, which are ostensible aims of both organizations) -- neither has the slightest interest.
Defendants should repudiate all the threats made by fascist prosecutors and take their cannabis cases to trial -- jurors should vote to acquit. Prohibitionists should acquire and study the book "Final Exit".
P.S. Read about the case of Pritchard Garrett and the representations of the Colorado Springs Police Department which led to his arrest:
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