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February 27, 2014
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Concerns about pot

If you have already made up your mind on totally embracing pot, yes, I would like to confuse you with the facts and encourage you to partially embrace pot. Marijuana is 50 years behind alcohol in being studied and regulated. Are fools rushing in?

Fact I: In Washington state, the driving arrests for marijuana have doubled.

Fact 2: A study finds: Stoned driving fatalities have tripled in California, Hawaii. New Hampshire, Rhode Island and West Virginia.

Fact 3: An Eagle County deputy stated at a public meeting that the 5 nanograms for impaired driving was pulled out of the air. The expert in Avon says 1 or 2 nanograms causes impairment.

Fact 4: In Edwards, there are 11 schools. The vehicular traffic is 20,002,000 per year on Highway 6. Bicycles travel on Highway 6.

Fact 5: A hint to the wise is sufficient. A Slifer Realtor reported that an out-of-state client of his won’t now buy in Eagle County because of pot. He further reported that he knows of other instances. Could this be the beginning of a trend?

Fact 6: The CEO of Vail Resorts said the resort is committed to keeping the place family friendly. Should Eagle County do likewise?

Fact 7: Our assessor reports that the housing market is stagnant and he does not look for improvement.

Fact 8: The stated goal of the drug czars is to rival the ski industry, stating that marijuana users stay in hotels, eat in restaurants and seek entertainment as they visit. We need home buyers. This drives them away!

Fact 9: There are several developments that have been approved — Wolcott, Haymeadow and Eagle River Station, to name three. Families buy homes and add to the tax base. They also do business with businesses.

Why not declare Highway 6 as “safe” and not sell recreational marijuana on it. I have no problem with local responsible users. I believe they would like to be safe, also. I further believe they would like to protect young minds.

I further believe that “Safe on Six” would send a message that Eagle County would like to be known as family friendly. How many families would like to move out of pot-infested Denver, Summit and Pitkin counties?

Barbara Allen

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