Letter: Stop blaming pot
In response to Ms. Hall’s letter dated March 1. Ms. Hall stated if you are looking for a home to buy in the town of Parachute to look elsewhere all because of a robbery at the new (pot) shop located there. I could not agree more, only if you are looking to buy in any part of this valley without crime.
But let’s be real and look first at the statistics on crime in the valley, which is on any website. Battlement Mesa/Parachute comes in at D-plus rating for crime, 1,394 percent higher than the national rating, with a 1 in 3 chance of being a victim. Rifle comes in at a rating of B, 34 percent lower rating in crime, 1 in 52 chances of being a victim. Silt comes in at a B-plus, 41 percent lower than the national average,1 in 58 chance of being a victim. I could go all the way to Avon, but I think the point has been made.
Let us all remember the seedy people that she refers to are members of their own community.
She is right that there are wonderful people in their community; however, there are wonderful people in every community. To blame a robbery of one pot shop for not living or buying in Parachute or Battlement Mesa is just plain foolish, buying in any area when considering crime statistics for all the surrounding areas, then she is 100 percent right. Why do we all play the marijuana card when a crime occurs in any area? We don”t play the bank robbery, convenience store or any other business or family home card when they are a victim.
Let us not forget some of the more violent crimes in the past happened way before legalized marijuana arrived in our communities of this valley, also where the subject has lived in Parachute or Battlement Mesa. I think she might have forgotten to mention that.
Again, let’s quit blaming the marijuana industry every time a crime happens.
Unfortunately, all areas have seedy people in them, but wonderful for all of us, there are a lot more wonderful people than seedy.
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