Vail Daily letter: My concerns
January 7, 2014
To Lloyd Doughty,
From your letter Jan. 1, second paragraph: "Locals and visitors are going to smoke their legal marijuana in the same places they have been smoking illegal marijuana for the past 40 years."
I admit I knew very little about marijuana on Oct. 2. Please read my letters to the editor Oct. 27, Nov.25, and Dec. 9. In those letters, you will realize that I have no problem with local users. They have proven to be responsible. I have a problem with two irresponsible commissioners who want to make THC available in the small Edwards vicinity where there are 11 schools including CMC. Add Colorado Mountain Express to the mix. At the Oct. 2 meeting in the commissioner's room, four of the five volunteer land commissioners recommended that THC be made available to the 300,000 county visitors. Of course I realize that not all of the visitors will be customers. The commissioners were not present at this meeting.
CDOT reports that on Highway 6 between the Catholic church and Arrowhead, there are 20 million vehicles on that stretch of two-lane road yearly. Where do the bicycles travel? Yes, narrow Highway 6 is the dangerous route.
Three of my concerns are:
• Having THC available so close to 11 schools concerns me. For those under age, studies show significant and permanent brain damage. The younger they are when they start, the more detrimental THC is.
• A second concern is public safety. Anyone with a slight understanding of statistics will realize that Edwards is a place of future fatalities if two of the commissioners have their way. Vail Resorts and CDOT get it. Vail Resorts has hired more yellow jackets. CDOT has notified their staff and Highway Patrol that 5 nanograms of THC causes impaired driving.
• A third concern is for the environment. Allowing marijuana to be grown on agricultural land threatens wildlife and pollutes land and water according to California studies. The amount of water and electricity used is astronomical. Two of the commissioners have no concept of supply and demand. As marijuana is becoming legal in more and more places, more and more places want to grow it, places with better growing conditions. Altitude and temperature are factors. As more and more places grow, will the price go down?
I believe that the responsible THC users of Eagle County will continue to be responsible. I believe they are as concerned about the three things I mentioned as I am.