Letter: Pot statistics just scare-mongering

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To the editor:

A story ran in the July 8 Eagle with a lot of law enforcement pandering and a big side order of intentionally misleading scare mongering.

The journalist cites a 40-percent rise in traffic fatalities between 2013 and 2016 in Colorado, and as a parent I agree that's a scary number — but when you see it in context it's a rise from 620 to 880 deaths statewide, so the truth sort of lacks that "all-hands-on-deck, let's sell some newspapers" feeling.

In the context of 40,000 automotive deaths for 2017 in the whole U.S. (largely caused by alcohol) it's just a drop in a really big bucket.

Even in the event that someone involved tested positive for THC metabolites that only meant the person had used cannabis in the last 30-40 days.

But by all means, pander to law enforcement.

Brian Hunt,

North Adams

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