Beyond the absurd |

Beyond the absurd

Dear Editor:Well, Aspen has made the big print once again (Rocky Mountain News, June 10). Congratulations for having lots of workers failing pre-employment drug screening. Whoo-hoo! It’s so comforting to think about people working, recreating, driving and caring for others while high on marijuana. Stoners are just the best people ever!Even the NORML folks admit that people working in “public safety” shouldn’t smoke pot. Duh. NORML’s notion of “smoking marijuana responsibly” goes beyond the absurd. The article culminates in photos of two from Pitkin County Sheriff’s office, one being the sheriff himself, in attendance at a party where people are openly smoking pot with no consequences. I thought “law enforcement” meant just that. Apparently not.There is now no wonder to me why youth see little harm or risk associated with marijuana use, although there is substantial evidence to contradict their misperceptions. And finally, Sheriff Braudis, nobody cares about your decades-long diatribe on the failure of the war on drugs. It’s time to get some new material. The real battle evidently needs to be fought right on Aspen’s home turf.Shelley EvansCarbondale

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