Skip to comments.Pot seen as reason for rise in Denver homeless
Posted on 07/26/2014 4:38:25 PM PDT by CharlesOConnellEdited 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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Imagine if, when Prohibition was repealed, instead of shielding children from harmful exposure to alcohol, state and federal governments had essentially abandoned them to the glamour drinking culture.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 infiltrationas 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.
Why should they do anything? The government owes them and should pay for a comfortable lifestyle.
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).
This should surprise no one. Welfare and crime will also rise. Too bad for families who want a wholesome place to rear their children.
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.
Spending money on pot instead of bills, perhaps? The imbibers will want this article removed.
“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 citys 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.
Dude, where’s my house?
You absolutely nailed it.
This is such a surprise! Who would’ve guessed this might ever happen? /s
“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.
You're not serious, are you?
If crazy conservative me were in charge, no one would get any gov benefits at all if they tested positive for drinking or drugs.
Haven’t they gotten a shipment of “immigrant chillllllldren” too recently?
> 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
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.
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.
I thought homelessness was President Reagan’s fault, same as HIV/AIDS.
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.
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.
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.
Stevie Wonder could’ve seen this coming.
If crazy conservative me were in charge, no one would get any gov benefits at all
if they tested positive for drinking or drugs.
This is quite shocking. Smoking pot and drinking beer together makes you smarter
No sympathy from me.
The law of unintended consequences always delivers swift and sure justice to the stupid and arrogant!
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Mygosh, just when I thought crazyworld can’t get crazier.
One of these days the world will be put out of it’s misery.
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.
“This is the SECOND time I caught you smoking pot in your room. You’re out!” (Happened last week to my 20-something nephew).
It is not addicting. Some people like to get high, not risking jailtime, and kick back and get govt. handouts.
They think it’s not addicting. But they can’t stop using. That’s addiction.
Yes they can stop smoking pot. They won’t go in to convulsions or “jones” for a high. It is not addicting.
Don’t get me wrong though. Pot is not helpful and is not a good idea.
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.
Now they need to legalize meth to combat the munchies.
Denial is one of the traits of addicts isn’t it? ...lol
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spot on Charles.
It enables them and their problems.