Carol James: Don’t legalize it |

Carol James: Don’t legalize it

Carol James

With an eye to my efforts in opposition against the legalization of marijuana in Summit County, I would encourage everyone to read the feature article in Sunday’s Denver Post (Jan. 31) by Christian Thurstone, a doctor and psychiatrist who is a specialist in drug addiction. The article is on the front page of the Perspective section. Anyone who believes that the use of medical marijuana will be restricted to adults in our community will learn otherwise in this piece. I would also like to point out that the city council of Los Angeles, which allowed thousands of medical marijuana clinics to open in their metropolitan area, has now taken action to close down more than 90 percent of the clinics. That leaves a number which, based on the population of LA and if compared in ratio to the population of Summit County, would leave less than one clinic in Summit County.

Finally, as someone with degrees in political science, I can tell you that federal law always trumps state law. If tested in the federal courts, Colorado’s constitutional amendment allowing medical marijuana would be declared illegal. The idea that we have “legalized” marijuana by protecting it in the state constitution is ridiculous.

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