Letter: Welcoming drugs is foolish
It’s difficult to find a local newspaper that doesn’t have at least one drug-related crime story since legalized marijuana businesses have established themselves here.
Post Independent headline for 10/2: “Glenwood felonies up 36% for year.” In this article, Police Chief Terry Wilson attributes a nationwide trend in disrespect towards authority, specifically towards police. The chief goes on to stem it from a mentality towards cops from events in Baltimore as a cause. This article goes on to cite Wilson, “drug use is a common thread in both violent incidents and property crimes.” “If you want to be high and that is your primary goal, you’ve got to come up with the money somehow.”
ATVing with some guys recently, two were cops. Both said burglaries were up since pot was permitted in Colorado. The suspects are often drug-addicted sons or daughters stealing from their own parents’ home with and without accomplices. When filling out the police reports the parents/burglary victims say, “Yeah, we know who did it.”
Crime rates will increase as more people become addicts. Pro-pot activists say otherwise and offer propaganda to support it. If the weatherman says no rain but you have mud on your boots and rain falling from dark skies, whatchya gonna go with? I’m going with what I witness unfolding and say it’s raining and the stoners are stoned.
I generally say to each, their own, respecting individual rights. However, your rights stop where they infringe on mine. All of us are now more likely to be the victim of a crime since, one by one, these local communities allow pot. Also consider the influence on youth with pot being portrayed as acceptable, property values, the stench in small communities, etc. Legalizing marijuana has multiplied, magnified and compounded problems that come with pot.
The same 10/2 Post Independent article, citing District Attorney Sherry Caloia: “she also suspected increased drug use as a factor behind some of the more severe crimes.” Also according to Caloia: “Lock your doors, close your windows, don’t leave stuff in your cars, and keep track of your mail.” I can see it’s been raining.
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