Brian Rogers: Despite marijuana, Breckenridge is plenty safe |

Brian Rogers: Despite marijuana, Breckenridge is plenty safe

I would like to thank Lorie Willis of San Antonio, Texas for her pleasant description of Breckenridge. It is beautiful, and we do love it here. I am concerned about a few points in her letter and would like to share my opinion and some statistics with everyone.

Firstly it was said that Breckenridge is now unsafe due to marijuana legalization. I went to to check the statistics. Breckenridge scored a 74 out of 100 for safety with only .64 violent crimes per year per 1,000 residents; where as a place like San Antonio, Texas scored a 4 out of 100 for safety with 6.87 violent crimes per 1,000 residents annually. Clearly Breckenridge is safer than not only San Antonio but 74 percent of all cities nationwide!

Breckenridge residents voted over 70 percent in favor of legalizing marijuana, up from over 60 percent in 2006 when asked at the state level. Breckenridge residents have been consuming cannabis in high numbers since the late 70s, and its their charm and stewardship of this great land that attracted people like myself and Lorie to visit and live. I would argue we shouldn’t let a misconception about our cannabis use lead any of us away from the town of Breckenridge.

Support for legalization grows daily not only in Breck and Summit County but in the nation and the world. As cannabis consumption rises and alcohol abuse drops Breckenridge will only become safer and more family friendly. As always stay classy, Breckenridge

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

As a Summit Daily News reader, you make our work possible.

Now more than ever, your financial support is critical to help us keep our communities informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having on our residents and businesses. Every contribution, no matter the size, will make a difference.

Your donation will be used exclusively to support quality, local journalism.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User