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Pot seen as reason for rise in Denver homeless
AP ^ | 7/26/2014 | Unattributed AP

Posted on 07/26/2014 4:38:25 PM PDT by CharlesOConnell

Edited on 07/26/2014 4:39:04 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

DENVER (AP) — Officials at some Denver homeless shelters say the legalization of marijuana has contributed to an increase in the number of younger people living on the city’s streets.

One organization dealing with the increase is Urban Peak, which provides food, shelter and other services to homeless people aged 15 to 24 in Denver and Colorado Springs.


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Legal Abandonment of Children and Adolescents to the Glamour Marijuana Culture

Imagine if, when Prohibition was repealed, instead of shielding children from harmful exposure to alcohol, state and federal governments had essentially abandoned them to the glamour drinking culture.

We might have seen documentaries about the social problems by 1938. Socially conservative elements in society might have lamented the situation, given the fact that such conditions couldn’t have prevailed if there were an effective government of laws, not of men.

Eventually, society would have decayed to a film noir alternate reality like that in Dashiell Hammett’s horribly cynical “Red Harvest. The American “City on a Hill” would be well on its way to the complete dominance of brute force portrayed in Alessandro Manzoni’s “The Betrothed”.

This is essentially the situation today, with the news announcement that the US Justice Department will not prosecute any marijuana crimes unless there is indication of organized crime infiltration—as happened in the Netherlands when cannabis and hashish possession for personal use were decriminalized.

The core issue is that underage users are most seriously impacted. There are no public discussions about the effects upon minors of the marijuana gray market. The only group with an organized platform of political agitation is the “medical” marijuana industry, which has substantial incentives for current conditions to remain as they are, including essentially unregulated use by minors.

1 posted on 07/26/2014 4:38:25 PM PDT by CharlesOConnell
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To: CharlesOConnell

Unexpected.


2 posted on 07/26/2014 4:42:01 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: CharlesOConnell
PotKids
3 posted on 07/26/2014 4:42:53 PM PDT by CharlesOConnell (CharlesOConnell)
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To: CharlesOConnell

Why should they do anything? The government owes them and should pay for a comfortable lifestyle.


4 posted on 07/26/2014 4:43:59 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: CharlesOConnell

No one in that demographic has ever had any trouble whatsoever buying M.J. in the black market. Many of the homeless are too young to buy pot in the grey market.

A close reading of the article reveals the only reason there might be a link between legal pot, and homelessness in Denver — habitual users migrating back to Colorado, so that they can indulge their habit without fear of arrest (for possession or using).


5 posted on 07/26/2014 4:46:41 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: CharlesOConnell

This should surprise no one. Welfare and crime will also rise. Too bad for families who want a wholesome place to rear their children.


6 posted on 07/26/2014 4:47:55 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: CharlesOConnell

The headline, while accurate, is a little misleading. Pot is not causing people to go homeless in Colorado. Pot is the reason homeless people from other states are moving to Colorado.


7 posted on 07/26/2014 4:48:37 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Spending money on pot instead of bills, perhaps? The imbibers will want this article removed.


8 posted on 07/26/2014 4:49:11 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: CharlesOConnell

“Officials at some Denver homeless shelters say the legalization of marijuana has contributed to an increase in the number of younger people living on the city’s streets.”

Easy to dope, easy to dupe. They have turned young people into good little Democrats. They have made them passive, dependent on others and unable to understnd or care what is going on around them.

EBT cards are being used in the marijuana stores. These young people are sitting around all day, being supported by others and contributing nothing to society. There is little or no reason to believe they will change.

The Democrats have won.


9 posted on 07/26/2014 4:49:25 PM PDT by detective
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To: CharlesOConnell

Dude, where’s my house?


10 posted on 07/26/2014 4:50:40 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Please $upport Free Republic.)
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To: Veggie Todd

You absolutely nailed it.


11 posted on 07/26/2014 4:50:41 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: CharlesOConnell

This is such a surprise! Who would’ve guessed this might ever happen? /s


12 posted on 07/26/2014 4:51:34 PM PDT by FamiliarFace
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To: Veggie Todd

“Pot is the reason homeless people from other states are moving to Colorado.”

The article did not say that the entire increase in homeless people was due to people moving to Colorado from other states.

Some of it is. Some of it is locals choosing to get high all day.


13 posted on 07/26/2014 4:52:38 PM PDT by detective
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To: detective
EBT cards are being used in the marijuana stores

You're not serious, are you?

14 posted on 07/26/2014 4:53:20 PM PDT by grania
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To: grania

http://foxnewsinsider.com/2014/01/21/welfare-weed-colorado-allows-ebt-withdrawals-pot-shops


15 posted on 07/26/2014 4:59:41 PM PDT by detective
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To: detective
Mygosh, just when I thought crazyworld can't get crazier. The indigent can get stoned instead get food.

If crazy conservative me were in charge, no one would get any gov benefits at all if they tested positive for drinking or drugs.

16 posted on 07/26/2014 5:07:32 PM PDT by grania
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To: CharlesOConnell

Haven’t they gotten a shipment of “immigrant chillllllldren” too recently?


17 posted on 07/26/2014 5:10:10 PM PDT by uncitizen (Buckle up! We're on the Facism Fast Track!)
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To: Veggie Todd

> The headline, while accurate, is a little misleading. Pot is not causing people to go homeless in Colorado. Pot is the reason homeless people from other states are moving to Colorado

It can’t be true. Others on here say it can’t be so. They say it’s not addicting.../s


18 posted on 07/26/2014 5:10:26 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: CharlesOConnell

And, now Denver would like to “rehab” the Boettcher Performing Arts Center in downtown Denver, to house these folks. Goodbye Symphony, Opera and Ballet.
BTW, the Denver Downtown 16th Street Mall inhabitants look like zombies.


19 posted on 07/26/2014 5:13:18 PM PDT by virgin (Don't screw with me.)
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To: CharlesOConnell

Total BS from the shelters as they look for easy money.

Bums always come to Colorado in the summer and most will move south like always when it gets cold.


20 posted on 07/26/2014 5:15:57 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (....Let It Burn...)
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To: CharlesOConnell

I thought homelessness was President Reagan’s fault, same as HIV/AIDS.


21 posted on 07/26/2014 5:16:32 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: CharlesOConnell

You-All are correct that pot tourism or pot immigration is a reason.

However, this is the beginning, not the end.

Oregon, not to be left behind in the slide into dependency and shiftlessness, will soon legalize.

We should look to Nederlands, where they’ve had generations of experience with these problems.

Especially a takeover by organized crime.

For a substance that’s now supposed to be legal, and problem-free.


22 posted on 07/26/2014 5:18:24 PM PDT by CharlesOConnell (CharlesOConnell)
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To: CharlesOConnell

The self-inflicted attack on reason and logic creating a new class of needy? Go figure. Just what the socialists ordered, another collective to redistribute OUR time of life to. Work harder economic slaves.


23 posted on 07/26/2014 5:18:46 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: CharlesOConnell

When potheads self medicate themselves with pot, they admit tacitly that they are mentally and emotionally ill.

Homelessness is just one of many ways they express it.


24 posted on 07/26/2014 5:21:36 PM PDT by Vision Thing (obama wants his suicidal worshipers to become suicidal bombers.)
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To: CharlesOConnell

Stevie Wonder could’ve seen this coming.


25 posted on 07/26/2014 5:21:47 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: grania
If crazy conservative me were in charge, no one would get any gov benefits at all if they tested positive for drinking or drugs.

If crazy conservative me were in charge, no one would get any gov benefits at all if they tested positive for drinking or drugs.

26 posted on 07/26/2014 5:29:49 PM PDT by sharkhawk (Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall.)
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To: CharlesOConnell; george76

This is quite shocking. Smoking pot and drinking beer together makes you smarter


27 posted on 07/26/2014 5:32:31 PM PDT by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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To: CharlesOConnell

No sympathy from me.


28 posted on 07/26/2014 5:32:47 PM PDT by bgill
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To: detective
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29 posted on 07/26/2014 5:36:49 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: CharlesOConnell

The law of unintended consequences always delivers swift and sure justice to the stupid and arrogant!


30 posted on 07/26/2014 5:37:08 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Stupid has consequences ... in healthcare it can be a fatal consequence!)
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To: dynachrome; MileHi; Balata; bboop; BulletBobCo; Carley; ColoCowgirl; Colorado Doug; ...

Colorado Ping ( Let me know if you wish to be added or removed from the list.)


31 posted on 07/26/2014 5:41:43 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: grania

Mygosh, just when I thought crazyworld can’t get crazier.


One of these days the world will be put out of it’s misery.


32 posted on 07/26/2014 5:54:56 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: CharlesOConnell

Oh,no! Who would have guessed? Turn a sane, sober, responsible person into a doped up druggie and we get a better citizen? We are a country run by idiots.


33 posted on 07/26/2014 5:57:45 PM PDT by Dapper 26
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To: detective

“This is the SECOND time I caught you smoking pot in your room. You’re out!” (Happened last week to my 20-something nephew).


34 posted on 07/26/2014 6:13:04 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: jsanders2001

It is not addicting. Some people like to get high, not risking jailtime, and kick back and get govt. handouts.


35 posted on 07/26/2014 6:27:43 PM PDT by cornfedcowboy
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

LOL!


36 posted on 07/26/2014 6:31:45 PM PDT by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: cornfedcowboy

They think it’s not addicting. But they can’t stop using. That’s addiction.


37 posted on 07/26/2014 6:41:15 PM PDT by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: Dapper 26
Look at the stoners in other countries, and might I add,
the countries which are being invaded legally by Islamists.
The citizens are to stoned to care.
38 posted on 07/26/2014 6:49:05 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: FrdmLvr

Yes they can stop smoking pot. They won’t go in to convulsions or “jones” for a high. It is not addicting.


39 posted on 07/26/2014 6:52:40 PM PDT by cornfedcowboy
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To: cornfedcowboy

Don’t get me wrong though. Pot is not helpful and is not a good idea.


40 posted on 07/26/2014 6:55:11 PM PDT by cornfedcowboy
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To: CharlesOConnell

The black market stuff is 1/3 the price of the legal weed. The legal stuff is like craft beer as opposed to canned swill Coors. Illegal weed gets delivered like a pizza. The illegal stuff is just a phone call away.


41 posted on 07/26/2014 7:26:16 PM PDT by SpeakerToAnimals (I hope to earn a name in battle)
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To: CharlesOConnell


42 posted on 07/26/2014 7:31:09 PM PDT by QT3.14 (USA born 7.4.1776 fathered by geniuses, died 11.4.2008 (Suicide) by idiots and traitors)
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To: grania
Mygosh, just when I thought crazyworld can't get crazier. The indigent can get stoned instead get food.

Now they need to legalize meth to combat the munchies.

43 posted on 07/26/2014 7:32:29 PM PDT by D Rider
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To: cornfedcowboy

Denial is one of the traits of addicts isn’t it? ...lol


44 posted on 07/26/2014 7:38:33 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: CharlesOConnell

Great. Then the city and state can spend some of that huge tax windfall that they are getting from the dope sales on extra homeless shelters.

I hope that they weren’t expecting keep all of the tax revenues.


45 posted on 07/26/2014 9:02:39 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA
Yup. Riff raff, losers, and general lowlifes from all over the country migrating to Colorado so that they can smoke their pot without prosecution.
46 posted on 07/26/2014 9:06:55 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: virgin

Wonderful. We were thinking about sending our son to the college campus just a couple of blocks away from the Arts Center. We’ll be rethinking that.

Our other option was CU Boulder which is a liberal campus plus all of the evils that come with it including drugs.

We can’t win.


47 posted on 07/26/2014 9:12:34 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: Dapper 26
Turn a sane, sober, responsible person into a doped up druggie and we get a better citizen? We are a country run by idiots.

A sane sober, responsible person isn't going to become a pothead. Or an alcoholic. Or an opioid abuser.

By definition, these are not the people who become doped up druggies.

As I recall, it is legal to use pot in Colorado. Not mandatory.

If pot were legalized in your state tomorrow, would you go get stoned? I doubt it.

Medical marijuana is legal where I'm at and I have a severe spinal injury (documented with records, a surgery, and everything) and I'm not running out to get a card.

Why? Because I'm a sane, sober, responsible person. Nobody's going to turn me into a druggie.

48 posted on 07/26/2014 9:16:13 PM PDT by Marie (When are they going to take back Obama's peace prize?)
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To: Dapper 26

I agree. A lot of people in this country think if its legal it must be okay. Sheeple are stupid.

Idiots made it legal and of course it will be abused.


49 posted on 07/26/2014 9:18:20 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Vision Thing

Spot on Charles.

It enables them and their problems.


50 posted on 07/26/2014 9:19:28 PM PDT by dhs12345
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