“Dope grow­ers”? Why is this term still used?

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Cathy Dono­hue, Seth McCon­nell, Den­ver Post file

“Den­ver Wa­ter wants to dou­ble the amount of re­cy­cled wa­ter used in the city,” July 14 news story.

Re­porter Bruce Fin­ley dis­played his prej­u­dice when he used the words “dope grow­ers” in this ar­ti­cle. Mr. Fin­ley has been re­port­ing in Colorado for a long time, yet still refers to the peo­ple who grow mar­i­juana as “dope grow­ers.” I have been us­ing tinc­ture of mar­i­juana since 2010 to treat a bone de­gen­er­a­tive dis­ease. I feel some­what hope­less when I read Den­ver’s daily news­pa­per and its re­porters are still re­fer­ring to med­i­cal mar­i­juana as “dope.”

The ar­ti­cle sug­gests that mar­i­juana grow op­er­a­tions should use re­cy­cled wa­ter. Many ex­perts do not be­lieve that a hu­man should in­gest Den­ver’s re­cy­cled wa­ter. Does any­one hon­estly be­lieve that med­i­cal mar­i­juana pa­tients are such un­wor­thy hu­mans that we should in­gest medicine that has been nur­tured with wa­ter that is un­fit to drink? Send let­ters of 150 words or fewer to open­fo­rum@den­ver­post.com 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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