Skip to comments.Stoned: How Colorado's 5 Years of Legal Pot Is 'Devastating Communities'
Posted on 11/27/2017 12:47:57 PM PST by fwdude
This week marks the fifth anniversary of Colorado's legalization of the commercial marijuana trade, and the reviews aren't good.
An editorial in the Colorado Springs Gazette reports, "Five years of retail pot coincide with five years of a homelessness growth rate that ranks among the highest rates in the country. Directors of homeless shelters, and people who live on the streets, tell us homeless substance abusers migrate here for easy access to pot."
The paper says, "Five years of Big Marijuana ushered in a doubling in the number of drivers involved in fatal crashes who tested positive for marijuana, based on research by the pro-legalization Denver Post. Five years of commercial pot have been five years of more marijuana in schools than teachers and administrators ever feared."
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And all this time I thought it was Trumps fault for the homelessness.
Isn’t this from CBS? They are the libs that are reporting it. Maybe they missed the memo.
Oh, CBN. Not CBS.My bad.
Mr.Leroy would give it the old college try. If he were here.
Not CBS but CBN.
Legal Marijuana was inevitable the moment Alcohol was legalized. Even Americans can’t put up with that level of hypocrisy. Though God knows we gave it a good try.
Yes. My fingers are faster than my brain sometimes.
More jobs for my kids!
I live in the Springs. I am telling you that homelessness in the Springs just a few years ago was not that bad (I have donated time / money to the CS Rescue Mission in the past). Now I literally see fights between homeless to camp out at their favorite intersections begging. It is getting real bad.
Between the school system and legalized pot, we moved out of Colorado.
Yep. And it was only illegal for a short time in history.
A whole era of anti - war, anti Vietnam, Beatles, Peace protesters grew cup on this diet... and now they are government officials.
What could possibly go wrong???
I think it was a poor decision to legalize it.
But as an intended federated union of the several states, this is precisely the sort of state-level legislation that I would like to see. Imagine the two scenarios:
#1) Colorado has had legal marijuana for some years. Tax revenue to through the roof! Drug-related crime is down! Agriculture is booming! Everybody is happy!
#2) It’s been a disaster! Crime is up! Welfare is up! Homelessness is up! Tax revenue can’t keep up with the rising cost of social services. This is awful!
Once you get real evidence that either #1 or #2 is the outcome of legal marijuana, then other states can decide on how they want to handle such legislation. Until it is put into practice, all you have is opinion: “It’s gonna be awesome!” or “Those darn kids will ruin everything!”
For better or worse, I see Colorado as the canary in the coal mine.
That’s exactly what the intention was. To create more parasites to take money from those who don’t f*ck up their brains and who actually go to work to pay exorbitant taxes.
I’m shocked! Who would have thought that pot legalization would lead to more people smoking pot and the abuse that goes along with it?
Imagine if Hillary were president. At least now there is hope for a turnaround. Our nation was totally at tipping point/precipice. *shivers at the thought*
Outstanding post. I agree 100%.
My wife and I often try to get to Durango, CO. We love that town and the mountain biking is great in that area.
We were there before and after legalization of pot. What a huge difference we noticed after legalization. There were groups of 20-somethings begging on street corners. In Durango, really? One of the store owners told us that people just started to show up and some even started sleeping in their store doorways. While the owner was generally for legalization, she was shocked how many people just flooded to Colorado and she believed they didn’t think about getting jobs to pay for their pot. Jersey is next — an uglier version of Colorado.
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