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No more pot shops for Glenwood

As a Glenwood native, I am absolutely opposed to the approval of additional marijuana dispensaries in our community. The existing recreational outlets already send plenty of messages to our youth that marijuana use can be enjoyed with little consequences. We shouldn’t tolerate more promoters.

I know of no marijuana shop in Colorado that expresses concern for our adolescents by educating them on the dangers they face with marijuana’s permanent alteration of a youth’s brain function, especially from age 8 to adulthood. The psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, THC, gradually impairs and permanently changes the way a youth’s brain cells function, affecting movement, coordination, learning, memory and judgment, as well as pleasure. A New Zealand study found that long-term use beginning at a young age to adulthood reduced IQs by 8 points.

The California Environmental Protection Agency report “Evidence on the Carcinogenicity of Marijuana Smoke” found that marijuana smoke has been “clearly shown through scientifically valid testing according to generally accepted principles to cause cancer.” Of the 33 cancer-causing chemicals, the most recognizable are arsenic, benzene, cadmium, chromium, formaldehyde, lead, mercury and pyrene.

I agree with the Swiss physician Paracelsus (1493-1541), who 500 years ago revealed a scientific fact: “It is only the dose which make a thing poison.” Today, however, marijuana is an obvious and present danger to our youth.

Floyd Diemoz

Glenwood Springs


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