Editor:In addressing the medical marijuana issue, we have to ask what possible benefit it brings to Lyons. What type of lifestyle does Lyons want to promote? Boulder County is already over-saturated with marijuana dispensaries and they overwhelm our small town.
In studying the legalization facts of medical marijuana, published by Drug Enforcement Administration, it states the devastating impact that marijuana brings: increased use by the youth (as we are witnessing here in Lyons), state costs that exceed any revenue benefit, adverse and addictive effects of marijuana, increase in drugged driving, and crime and gang related activity. What legal ramifications will Lyons face? Furthermore, according to Education News Colorado, Education Week dated January 29, 2011, the alarming rise in drug related offenses amongst the youth in Colorado’s school system are staggering. Following a decade of steady decline, drug violations have shot up dramatically. Their newly released statistics show: Drug related suspensions up 31% over the 2008-2009 school year. Drug related expulsions up 40% from the previous year. Drug violations referred to law enforcement (typically caught possessing, selling or distributing illegal drugs on campus) up 15%. This publication written for Colorado’s teachers and the education community can be found at http://www.ednewscolorado.org/2010/11/08/10206-school-report-sharp-rise-in-drug-incidents. These statistics appear to coincide with the loosening of regulation of medical marijuana standards in the past two years. Please take a look at many issues facing youth and families in Colorado including: athletic drug testing, marijuana in baked goods, or students attending school stoned while holding medical marijuana cards.
We urge Lyons residents to review the extensive literature from DEA including “Medical” marijuana - The Facts which educates us on Marinol, an active ingredient in marijuana. Marinol is widely available for chronic pain sufferers and has been studied and approved by the medical community and Food and Drug Administration. We reviewed this information at http://www.justice.gov/dea/ongoing/marinol.html. You may also see the White House Drug Policy at www.WhiteHouseDrugPolicy.gov.
Lyons has been our home for twenty-five years. We have always valued the way of life that Lyons provides. As the sign downtown states: “Live the Lyons Life.” We as a community must decide what type of life we want that to be. It is our sincere hope that Lyons residents and BOT value the family atmosphere and close sense of community as we have experienced here in Lyons. We urge our community to follow the example of many other neighboring towns and vote to ban the medical marijuana dispensaries.
Michael and Heidi Parrott