I met someone visiting from Colorado and I asked her what she saw as the biggest impact of legalization. Her answer? Auto insurance premiums up through the roof.
None of these things ever turn out. Even Gambling, you find you don’t get anywhere near the $$$ expected.
People just don’t learn.
Legalize it, fine, but don’t sell it as a boon to the economy.
The first “Crime” statistic refutes the argument of the pro-pot libs, that legal sales will thwart the illegal markets.
Within a federated union of the several states, I see no reason why some states shouldn’t explore such a path. Colorado made the leap in 2014.
Other states should be able to look at evidence from CO, MA, CA, etc. and decide if it’s a good path to go down.
If the evidence says “this is a bad path” and the voters and politicians in a state like Illinois still insist on saying “Let’s go!” then I don’t know what you can do.
On a personal level, I advise against the use. On an abstract political level, I think people ought to control their own destiny. Government prohibition of a weed has proven difficult.
The stats involving MVAs are really scary.
I have never met stoner who said “Maybe I’m too stoned to drive”.
I live in Colorado and challenge the assertion that teen pot use has not increased. It is my experience that it has increased but is no longer being actively being pursued as a criminal charge / activity.
Instead of the nosy neighbor calling the cops on the kids, they just assume it is ok / legal and dont call.
The toxic levels of thc found in the umbilical cords of newborns has risen to numbers i cannot fathom. In addition, there is a rise of thc plus other drugs in these babies as well.
I have not seen these numbers in a 30 yr career, the last 8 to 10 of which has seen increased testing for this.
Btw.. out of the total births, only a few are submitted for tox testing.
What are the real nmbers? Why not show the data? This isn’t being discussed as an ethics issue. Must be the money.
Teachers should already start to see these brains bathed in drugs in the womb in their early ed classrooms.
But look at how much tax revenue we have created.. pretty soon we will have so much, that even ss will be flush with cash. We should rebrand this as kids for cash.
“Not looking good for the pro-pot side.”
Did you actually read the article?
Looks pretty innocuous, at worst.
A good friend and her husband live in Colorado. They are in their 50’s
Met some of her young nieces recently - attractive, educated, intelligent women in their 20s.
They told me they and their friends are all single, and unless they specifically and purposely went to those few environments where men may be normal (church, professional workplaces) they said the chances of meeting a guy in Colorado who was not a stoner and a loser were ZERO.
For your interest.
I love these “stoner” vs “juicer” threads,just like high school.
Uptick in transient street people going to colorado to get high especially in Denver....Ive seen that myself
Uptick in folks getting too high and running to the emergency room having a panic attack....yep I can see that too especially with newbies...I know folks who can only get so high...hit after hit of dab or live resin and they just grin right through it all where as most folks would be scared to death especially women
Women cannot handle weed like men at the hardcore level...never seen a woman could smoke like I used to and over half my friends smoke pot and some women can hang but only up to a point
The rest of the stats are not too firm and hard to attribute to pot
Im not sure if tax revenue is what they expected or not
266 million a year aint chump change
Roughly one percent of the state budget
There shoving this pot sh*t down our throat in NJ. Lie after lie is the norm even propping up children saying medical marijuana would help the children. It’s disgusting with the misinformation. It’s no different with gambling and that lie.
“The Healthy Kids Colorado Survey of more than 50,000 middle and high school students found that the percentage of youths using marijuana in the past 30 days remained unchanged between 2014 and 2017, at 19 percent.”
“Researchers say it’s unclear to what extent marijuana caused the increase [in hospitalization rates with possible marijuana exposures, diagnoses or billing codes], or how much the rise was due to people coming in for other reasons who happened to have also consumed pot.”
> hospital visits and fatal accidents associated with marijuana use increased
That’s because of edibles.
I have had my medical license for many years- long before we had legal pot. I don't smoke weed but have found relief with CBD and THC oils, tinctures and salves. States that have medical weed available have lower rates of opioid use and seniors are a huge consumer of weed products.
Everyone just needs to keep their minds open on all this. As with any big change, there are bumps in the road. Overall, I think it has been a positive experience for Colorado and I support it.
Noooo!! Say it isn't sooo!!! A state that legalizes an addictive drug becomes a haven for addicts??? How can that beeeee????!!
Seriously, the pimps who pander to these morons try to sell it as a virtue, and do it with a straight face.
Imho, if you keep the population fat, dumb and happy with “bread and circuses, they won’t know when their freedom is gone.
Then they become slaves to the state.