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Rocky Mountain High and Unintended Consequences
Americanthinker.com ^ | 4/29/2014 | Brian C Joondeph

Posted on 04/29/2014 6:21:54 AM PDT by rktman

Colorado and Washington are the first states to legalize recreational marijuana. In my state of Colorado, Amendment 64 was passed by 55 percent of voters by ballot referendum last year and took effect on January 1 of this year. State government officials are giddy with the prospects of increased revenue from marijuana sales. Marijuana tourism is booming in Colorado, giving new meaning to “Rocky Mountain High.” Now, four months into this new experiment, it may be worth looking at some of the unintended consequences.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: didiots; libertarian; wod
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Hmmmmm. Let's see, push pot legalization and condemn evil big tobacco. Sounds right. How many nicotine related car accidents vs booze or stoners delight. Anybody got any numbers?
1 posted on 04/29/2014 6:21:54 AM PDT by rktman
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To: rktman

In before the Paultards throw a little hissy fit.


2 posted on 04/29/2014 6:26:45 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: rktman

I heard that Texas state troopers are lined up at the border of CO crossing into TX to write tickets and whatever. MaryJane is not legal in TX.


3 posted on 04/29/2014 6:28:55 AM PDT by Slyfox (When progressives ignore moral parameters, they also lose the natural gift of common sense.)
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To: rktman

The only good coming out of Colorado and Washington’s legalization is the “living laboratory argument.”


4 posted on 04/29/2014 6:32:35 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Slyfox

You shouldn’t put much stock in whoever told you that.


5 posted on 04/29/2014 6:35:01 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Slyfox

Because Texas doesn’t border Colorado.


6 posted on 04/29/2014 6:35:25 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: rktman

People moan about the astonishing increase in autism and learning disabilities of all sorts in American children. Yet it is rarely mentioned that over the last fifty years the use of marijuana, cocaine, barbiturates, amphetamines and other toxins has increased dramatically by people of child bearing age. The real cost of legalized marijuana in Colorado is yet to be seen.


7 posted on 04/29/2014 6:35:46 AM PDT by allendale
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To: Slyfox

“...Texas state troopers are lined up at the border of CO crossing into TX to write tickets …”

Good. I hope this is true. It’s good to quarantine these stoners in their own state. and it’s payback for the crumby way Texans are treated in CO.


8 posted on 04/29/2014 6:35:51 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Slyfox

I didn’t know that the Texas Highway Patrol had extraterritorial jurisdiction in New Mexico or Oklahoma. You would have to pass through both these states and Kansas to enter Texas. However, if you have Colorado plates, make sure you watch those speed limits.


9 posted on 04/29/2014 6:35:56 AM PDT by Wallace T.
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To: Slyfox

I don’t think CO and TX share a border ...


10 posted on 04/29/2014 6:37:05 AM PDT by Ken522
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To: Slyfox

I did not know that Colorado bordered Texas.


11 posted on 04/29/2014 6:37:39 AM PDT by Rio (Proud resident of the State of Jefferson)
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To: rktman

The nice thing is that Colorado and Washington get to be the guinea pigs.


12 posted on 04/29/2014 6:38:11 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

The important part of the “Living laboratory argument”, is not the collateral damage, its the capitalist, price gouging, behavior of the legal pot dealers and the greedy government entities looking to cash in.


13 posted on 04/29/2014 6:38:14 AM PDT by Steamburg (Other people's money is the only language a politician respects)
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To: MrEdd
In before the Paultards throw a little hissy fit.

Funny isn't it that for many people Libertarianism comes down to dope, hookers, and open borders.

14 posted on 04/29/2014 6:40:45 AM PDT by turducken
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To: Slyfox

I heard that Texas state troopers are lined up at the border of CO crossing into TX to write tickets and whatever. MaryJane is not legal in TX.

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New Mexico and Oklahoma might take issue with that, given that it is they who border Colorado, not Texas.


15 posted on 04/29/2014 6:42:24 AM PDT by dmz
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To: Slyfox

And the Tx troopers find the Tx-Co border without pot?


16 posted on 04/29/2014 6:42:59 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: Slyfox

I’ve crossed over that TX - CO border many times. It’s a bit out of the way and not easy to find, but it’s assuredly worth the trip. It truly is an amazing slice of America.


17 posted on 04/29/2014 6:44:36 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: turducken

They’ll align themselves with the biggest statists on the planet who support every form of big government intrusion, just to have legal pot.


18 posted on 04/29/2014 6:44:44 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

LOL. I’ve got a special assignment for you. It’s top secret. I want you to find the Co/Tx border and take a picture of it.


19 posted on 04/29/2014 6:49:08 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Slyfox

LOL! Just wondering about the drug sniffing pooches at DIA.


20 posted on 04/29/2014 6:49:09 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
I’ve crossed over that TX - CO border many times.

So have I. I remember as a kid, my favorite place to go was Four Corners where you can be in Colorado, Texas, Wyoming and Nebraska all at once.

21 posted on 04/29/2014 6:50:21 AM PDT by Right Brother
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To: Slyfox
"I heard that Texas state troopers are lined up at the border of CO crossing into TX to write tickets and whatever. MaryJane is not legal in TX. "

Ummm,

Colorado Borders Texas? Where???

22 posted on 04/29/2014 6:50:26 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: GraceG

Oklahoma is just North Texas, don’cha know?


23 posted on 04/29/2014 6:51:20 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: MrEdd

They only show up on threads about old ladies shot by “Drug Warriors”.


24 posted on 04/29/2014 6:51:37 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: dfwgator

” Oklahoma is just North Texas, don’cha know? “

LOL


25 posted on 04/29/2014 6:52:09 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Slyfox

“I heard that Texas state troopers are lined up at the border of CO crossing into TX to write tickets and whatever. MaryJane is not legal in TX.”
The hi-po’s in OK and KS are also pulling over the stoners and issuing citations and making arrests.
The easy way to tell who the offenders are? They are the ones driving 45 in a 75 speed zone with smoke billowing from the car windows.......


26 posted on 04/29/2014 6:53:26 AM PDT by 9422WMR (: " Tolerance is the virtue of a man who has no convictions".)
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To: GraceG

A picture says a thousand words....


27 posted on 04/29/2014 6:53:43 AM PDT by kjam22 (my music video "If My People" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74b20RjILy4)
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To: dfwgator

Actually, Texas is referred to Oklahomans as “Baja Oklahoma”.


28 posted on 04/29/2014 6:54:23 AM PDT by Right Brother
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To: rktman

* This is the way it is supposed to work, yall. The article was a bunch of scaremongering. Let us see what kind of benefits result from the Free Market getting to work on the wonderful marijuana pharmacopia. There are some VERY interesting compounds in this particular plant.

* I know I benefit from it. I am a beat-up old hillbilly with a fair amount of chronic pain due to a wild and reckless life. A little smoke now and then is just the thing.


29 posted on 04/29/2014 6:57:53 AM PDT by olepap (Your old Pappy)
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To: Right Brother

You just made that up.


30 posted on 04/29/2014 6:57:53 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Right Brother

Texas is the land of the Philistines.


31 posted on 04/29/2014 6:58:39 AM PDT by kjam22 (my music video "If My People" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74b20RjILy4)
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To: Slyfox
I heard that Texas state troopers are lined up at the border of CO crossing into TX to write tickets and whatever. MaryJane is not legal in TX.

Yeah, keep out them stupid stoners and their lousy skills in geography!

32 posted on 04/29/2014 6:58:57 AM PDT by Orangedog (An optimist is someone who tells you to 'cheer up' when things are going his way)
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To: Steamburg

I agree we can put up with the collateral damage of death on the highway, suicides, drug induced mental damage, drug induced sloth. “WOW! Like Man!” (Sarcasm)


33 posted on 04/29/2014 7:00:13 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: demshateGod
If you read the article black market pot is one third the price of legal pot. Black market pot is available in all 50 states.

Meanwhile, doctors will prescribe legal acid trips in the form of drugs advertised on TV. Google ambien hallucinations.

34 posted on 04/29/2014 7:00:17 AM PDT by SpeakerToAnimals (I hope to earn a name in battle)
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To: demshateGod

Nope. I’m not that clever. I had a friend from OK that I heard that from. Cracked me up.


35 posted on 04/29/2014 7:01:36 AM PDT by Right Brother
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To: Right Brother

There is an old movie called “Baja Oklahoma”. It’s pretty good....


36 posted on 04/29/2014 7:03:26 AM PDT by kjam22 (my music video "If My People" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74b20RjILy4)
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To: Right Brother

I agree that it’s clever. I just grew up in Ok and never heard it before. It’s much more clever than our counterparts’ “North Texas”.


37 posted on 04/29/2014 7:04:14 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: demshateGod

An indication as to how powerfully addictive “Pot” is. I have noticed the druggies that appear on this forum will say anything in favor of this “harmless drug.” Truth does not matter it is unimpeded access to the drug that counts.


38 posted on 04/29/2014 7:05:08 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: SpeakerToAnimals

I did read the article. So are you saying people in Colorado are using pot less than before? I know you’ll say yes because that assertion is critical to the Libertarians’ argument.


39 posted on 04/29/2014 7:06:57 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

No kidding. It’s like it’s “precious” to them.


40 posted on 04/29/2014 7:09:23 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Right Brother

Touché


41 posted on 04/29/2014 7:13:17 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Right Brother

Dan Jenkins wrote a very humorous book, “Baja Oklahoma,” about the habitues of a North Texas bar. It was made into a terrible TV movie.


42 posted on 04/29/2014 7:15:22 AM PDT by MisterArtery
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To: Slyfox

43 posted on 04/29/2014 7:20:33 AM PDT by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: Right Brother
Actually, Texas is referred to Oklahomans as “Baja Oklahoma”.


From my native Texan dad...

How do you find Texas if you are lost?

Go south until you smell it and west until you step in it.

44 posted on 04/29/2014 7:22:30 AM PDT by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: Ken522

I don’t think CO and TX share a border ...

They don’t but its just a hop and a skip because both Oklanoma and New Mexico are located on it’s corner borders and Colorado is almost directly diagonally across from it. Trust me, the Texas DPS Troopers are going to enjoy all the extra revenue they make off the stoners coming into Texas from Colorado and because their politics are now diametric opposites I wouldn’t expect any sympathy or reciprocity anytime soon. Colorado will go to pot soon and the effects will be plainly seen, probably just as President Choom expected and planned. A docile and high population is easier to control. You know Soros is involved somehow and will be able to make money off the process somehow. Its what he does. Politics for profit.


45 posted on 04/29/2014 7:25:46 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: rktman

NOTE TO SELF: When in Colorado selling AK and AR 30 round magazines out of the trunk of your car, DO NOT eat the local prepared foods. Bring your own in cans from out of state!


46 posted on 04/29/2014 7:26:32 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Slyfox

They will have to pass through NM or OK first!


47 posted on 04/29/2014 7:27:20 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: rktman

The article is intellectually disappointing, relating tragic anecdotes associated with marijuana use, and treating them as if they reflect a trend (and as if traffic deaths, suicides and violence never occur without marijuana).

The best study shows that traffic fatalities decline after states legalize marijuana.

Google:
Medical Marijuana Laws, Traffic Fatalities, and Alcohol Consumption


48 posted on 04/29/2014 7:27:22 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Lose to Cruz - 2016!)
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To: demshateGod
I have posted many times that nothing changed in Colorado. The legal pot shops sell the equivalent of craft beer. Cartel pot is like Bud lite. Cheaper by far, but not so tasty.

Care to discuss the drugged out people taking cocktails of legal, doctor prescribed acid trips?

49 posted on 04/29/2014 7:33:50 AM PDT by SpeakerToAnimals (I hope to earn a name in battle)
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To: dfwgator

See that border line that goes from Texas up to Colorado. You stay right smack in the middle of them and travel it to go from Texas to Colorado...j/k

There is a real small corner of Oklahoma that you can travel through to go from Texas to Colorado. Its either a FM or STHWY and it’s a lot of scenic desert type open country with tumbleweeds and cacti plus a bunch if eroded creekbeds that clearly show how the Grand Canyon probably started.


50 posted on 04/29/2014 7:36:25 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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