Today’s highly interesting read (07/29/19): Still want to legalize marijuana?

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There is a move underway to legalize marijuana in Wisconsin. First, the plan would okay marijuana for medical purposes. Then, all bets are off, and the goal would be to approve recreational marijuana.

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Let’s talk how stupid that would be, shall we?

Here are excerpts from the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area on The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado.

Since recreational marijuana was legalized, marijuana related traffic deaths increased 151 percent while all Colorado traffic deaths increased 35 percent. Since recreational marijuana was legalized, traffic deaths involving drivers who tested positive for marijuana more than doubled from 55 in 2013 to 138 people killed in 2017.This equates to one person killed every 2½ days compared to one person killed every 6 ½ days. The percentage of all Colorado traffic deaths that were marijuana related increased from 11.43 percent in 2013 to 21.3 percent in 2017.

The yearly rate of emergency department visits related to marijuana increased 52 percent after the legalization of recreational marijuana. (2012 compared to 2016. The yearly rate of marijuana-related hospitalizations increased148 percent after the legalization of recreational marijuana. (2012 compared to 2016)

144 investigations of black market marijuana in Colorado resulted in:
239 felony arrests
7.3 tons of marijuana seized
43,949 marijuana plants seized
24 different states the marijuana was destined

Marijuana tax revenue represent approximately nine tenths of one percent of Colorado’s FY 2017 budget.

Violent crime increased 18.6 percent and property crime increased 8.3 percent in Colorado since 2013.

65 percent of local jurisdictions in Colorado have banned medical and recreational marijuana businesses.

You can read the entire report here.

3 thoughts on “Today’s highly interesting read (07/29/19): Still want to legalize marijuana?

  1. One thing that I am concerned about is the disproportionate and excessive punishments meted out to teenagers who, in their foolish years, make those kinds of mistakes. It goes on their record and contributes to an unmanageable burden in their future. Nothing of that sort is implemented with the abuse of alcohol re. inordinate fines and record keeping.

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