The vis­i­ble draw­backs of legalization of mar­i­juana in Colorado

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Henry Weis­man,

After the re­cent legalization of cannabis in Colorado, many of the draw­backs of its le­gal­ity have be­come ev­i­dent to me and other peo­ple in my com­mu­nity. Since its legalization, I have no­ticed a con­stant de­cline in my com­mu­nity. Many neigh­bor­hood stores and other places are clos­ing down and are be­ing re­placed by cannabis stores. They are all over the place; al­most ev­ery block has one and they have made the area seem less and less at­trac­tive.

In ad­di­tion to this, many peo­ple also choose to smoke cannabis in pub­lic, which a big con­cern. It smells ter­ri­ble and can put peo­ple in dan­ger.

Few peo­ple are truly talk­ing about the draw­backs. When watch­ing the news I can see many sto­ries on the ben­e­fits that cannabis brings to the state, which is true, but the draw­backs are al­most never dis­cussed, which truly both­ers me. Send let­ters of 150 words or fewer to open­fo­rum@den­ver­ or 101 W. Col­fax Ave., Suite 800, Den­ver, CO, 80202. Please in­clude full name, city and phone num­ber. Con­tact in­for­ma­tion is for our pur­poses only; we will not share it with any­one else. You can reach us by tele­phone at 303-954-1331.

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