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Snowmass logic: Liquor good, weed bad

Excuse us for sounding like a broken Peter Tosh record, but we need some help to better understand the logic of the higher-ups in Snowmass Village when it comes to their stance on marijuana.

On Monday, the Snowmass Village marketing board told the Town Council that recreational marijuana shops would be at odds with the town’s seemingly family-friendly image. The town currently has a moratorium on the sale of marijuana, and its elected leaders have been entertaining the idea of whether to extend the ban.

Interestingly enough, the marketing board’s position comes on the heels of this past weekend’s lively Cocktail Classic in Snowmass. In fact, let us count the ways Snowmass Village embraces events in which booze plays an integral part to their financial success — the Thursday-night Fanny Hill concert during the summer, the Snowmass Culinary Arts Festival (in which a wine bottle is prominently displayed in the event’s logo), the Jazz Aspen Labor Day Experience and the Snowmass Wine Festival, among others. This quaint little village also has a handful of liquor stores and a number of restaurants and bars.

Yet for some reason, marijuana is frowned upon by Snowmass’ marketing board as not being family-friendly. Perhaps someone in Snowmass can explain to us how the town’s ongoing promotions of booze-filled events is family-friendly but the selling of marijuana is not. And we should note (yet again) that study after study has shown that alcohol is a far more dangerous substance that cannabis.

But we shouldn’t just pick on Snowmass Village for this faulty logic. The demonization of marijuana in America has been going on for decades while much of America drinks itself to sleep each night.

We’d like to remind the Town Council, and the marketing board, that an overwhelming number of Pitkin County voters in the November 2012 election, more than 75 percent, supported Amendment 64, the statewide referendum to regulate marijuana like alcohol. A look at the Snowmass Village voter tally (Precinct 6) from that election shows 989 in support of recreational pot legalization and 385 against. That puts the percentage at 72 percent approval, closely mirroring the overall county vote.

The board and the council ought to abide by the wishes of their town’s voting populace as well as examine more closely the data surrounding the pros and cons of drinking versus THC consumption. In Aspen, and many other communities across Colorado, leaders are taking a progressive approach to the issue by educating nonusers and parents about safe marijuana use and the different products that are available on the recreational and medical pot markets.

Or Snowmass Village could favor the hypocritical and nonsensical route preferred by Anytown, USA, drowning itself in alcohol-induced denial.


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