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Legalization didn’t unclog prisons

“Our courts and prisons are actually filled with people who committed serious crimes while under a drug’s influence or while they were in possession of very large amounts of a drug with the intent to sell it in circumstances associated with violence and/or firearms,” he said. “If anything, we need to conduct more research on how marijuana use contributes to criminal behavior.”

prisons, crime, Colorado-0, clearing the haze
Marijuana-growing spikes Denver electric demand, challenges clean-power plan

Citywide electricity use has been rising at the rate of 1.2 percent a year, and 45 percent of that increase comes from marijuana-growing facilities, Denver officials said Wednesday.

Colorado-0, denver, Electricity, Environment
Marijuana Use in Colorado

"Marijuana legalization and commercialization is a failed policy and this new report details the impact on many of our populations already impacted by alcohol and tobacco use," said Bob Doyle, Chair of Colorado SAM and a public health professional with more than 20 years of experience in tobacco prevention.
Highlights of the survey included:

  • 1 in 3 users are daily users
  • Black adults in Colorado are using at almost 50% higher than the state average for adults; Hispanics have the lowest use rates
  • Low income Colorado adults are using at higher rates than the state average
  • Almost a third of 18-24 year olds are using marijuana
  • Almost a third of gay and lesbian adults are using marijuana - more than twice the state average for adults
  • Almost 1 in five reported driving after using marijuana

"The marijuana industry is getting rich while our communities, healthcare system, employers, and families pay the costs," Doyle added.

Colorado-0, usage
Marijuana Intoxication Blamed In More Deaths, Injuries

Daniel Juarez, an 18-year-old from Brighton, died Sept. 26, 2012 after stabbing himself 20 times. In an autopsy report that had never been made public before, but was obtained by CBS4, his THC level — the active ingredient in marijuana — was measured at 38.2 nanograms. In Colorado, anything over 5 nanograms is considered impaired for driving.

Death, Intoxication, suicide, Colorado-0
Don't Legalize Marijuana

The raw cannabis plant has no medicinal value. For the same reasons people no longer chew bark to cure headaches but instead buy aspirin, there is no medical reason to smoke pot. The pharmaceutical profession exists to isolate active medical ingredients from herbs and plants (or synthesize them) and to provide safe, standardized doses with minimal side effects. This is how every other drug works. There is no scientific or medical reason to make marijuana an exception.

pot, normlize, Colorado-0, youth, Medical, science, Taxes
Colo. company says pot pushed them out of state
Business, Employees, Colorado-0, Colorado
Man fatally shoots himself after eating 5 marijuana candies
Colorado-0, Death, edibles
Addressing Driver Impairment Difficult
Colorado-0, car crashes 2, Impairment
Marijuana three times stronger than in the 1980s, lab tests report.
Colorado-0, Potency, THC
Clearing the Haze
Marijuana Edibles Blamed For Keystone Death
Colorado-0, Death, edibles
Colorado’s ‘Pot Pregnancies’ Birthing New Generation of Crack Babies
Colorado-0, Pregnancy, baby
Colorado's New Attorney General: Pot Legalization 'Not Worth It'
Colorado-0, Attorney General, legalization
Thousands in marijuana seized following chase, crash


news article, car crashes, Colorado-0, Kansas
Edibles found in Colorado Schools

tudents, parents, teachers and school administrators are finding it increasingly more difficult to protect Colorado youth while at school with nearly 300 different types of edibles on the market.

edibles, Colorado-0, SMART, news video clip
Colorado governor explains why legalizing marijuana in the state was a bad idea
Colorado-0, Colorado, legalization
Marijuana: Bill Calls For Grants to Colorado Counties to Offset Legal Pot Impact
Colorado-0, impact, cost
Denver 8th Graders Use 350% Higher than National Average
Colorado-0, national, youth
Denver 8th Graders Use 350% Higher than National Average

Where do the students get their marijuana? 38% reported they got from a friend who obtains it legally, 23% reported from their parents, 22% from the black market, 9% from medical marijuana dispensaries, 4% from medical marijuana cardholders, 3% from retail marijuana stores.

youth, Colorado-0, denver, usage, increase
Colorado Starting Over On Medical Marijuana Rules
Colorado-0, rules
Marijuana use increases in Colorado, according to new federal survey

study commissioned by Colorado's Marijuana Enforcement Division this year found that people who use marijuana almost every day account for about 22 percent of cannabis users in Colorado but consume nearly 67 percent of the marijuana used. Other studies have warned about a possible uptick in heavy marijuana use.

Colorado, Colorado-0
Colorado estimates state annual pot consumption at 130 metric tons
Colorado, Colorado-0, usage
Boulder skier dies after suspected collision with tree at Eldora Mountain Resort
Death, Colorado-0, Colorado
Police: Both Drivers In Double Fatal Crash Were High
Colorado-0, denver, car crashes, Fatalities
Legalized marijuana draws homeless Texans to Colorado

"We were averaging 190 people a night. Now we are averaging 345 people a night," said Murray Flagg, the Salvation Army Intermountain Divisional secretary for social services.

homeless, Colorado-0
Bill Bennett: This notion that marijuana isn't that harmful is just plain wrong
harm, Colorado-0, youth
August 2014- Legalization of MJ Impact Colorado
Colorado-0, youth, car crashes 2, Death, exposure, alcohol
Traffic Fatalities of Marijuana-Positive Drivers On Rise In Colorado
Colorado-0, traffic, Fatalities
Colorado lawsuit alleges cannabis overdose from fairground candy
Colorado-0, candy, Death, overdose
Inside Colorado’s flourishing, segregated black market for pot
Colorado-0, Black Market
2014- Colorado Impact Study- Driving Impaired Section

Overall, traffic fatalities in Colorado decreased 14.8 percent, from 2007 to 2012. During the same five years in Colorado, traffic fatalities involving operators testing positive for marijuana increased 100 percent.

In 2007, Colorado traffic fatalities involving operators testing positive for marijuana represented 7.04 percent of the total traffic fatalities.  By 2012, that number more than doubled to 16.53 percent.

car crashes 2, impaired, Colorado-0
Welfare Cash for Weed in Colorado
Colorado-0, food stamps
At Colorado’s borders, a dividing line over marijuana

We have to pay overtime, pay the prosecutor, pay to incarcerate them, pay for their defense if they’re indigent. Colorado’s taxing it, but everybody else is paying the price.”

Colorado-0, Business
Bad Science: The Marijuana Experiment Has Failed
Legal pot blamed for some of influx of homeless in Denver this summer
addiction, Colorado-0
The Devastation That’s Really Happening in Colorado
Devestation- What is really happening in Colorado
Trends in fatal motor vehicle crashes before and after marijuana commercialization in Colorado
Colorado-0, car crashes, Fatalities
Colorado the new ‘black market’? Pot legalization causing headaches for surrounding states

"One of the [arguments] for legalizing marijuana [in Colorado and Washington state] ... was to reduce the black market," said Tom Gorman, who heads a multi-state task force called the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. "In fact, the legalized marijuana has become the black market for other states."

Colorado-0, Black Market
Marijuana Is Now Big Business
Business, workplace, Colorado-0
Don't Harsh Our Mellow Dude

No telling the potency of the "candy" this unsuspecting person consumed.  How many children are innocently eating this dangerous drug?

Colorado-0, edibles, unintended consequences
More Colorado drivers in fatal car crashes testing positive for marijuana
Colorado-0, car crashes, Fatalities
Colorado's unregulated marijuana grow sites persist despite legal 'green rush'

Down in Colorado's Front Range, the cluster of towns and cities that cling to the eastern edge of the Rockies, the scent of what has been dubbed a commercial “green rush” is hanging in the air – literally. On the road in from Denver airport, several of the state's estimated 800-900 legal growers have taken advantage of cheap warehouse space to open sophisticated indoor facilities, whose odour is clearly discernible by passing motorists.

Environment, Colorado-0
Marijuana use involved in more fatal accidents in Colorado

They reported that Colorado underwent a significant increase in the proportion of drivers in a fatal motor vehicle crash who were marijuana-positive after the commercialization of medical marijuana in the middle of 2009. The increase in Colorado was significantly greater compared to the 34 non-medical marijuana states from mid-2009 to 2011.

Colorado-0, impaired, car crashes 2, Fatalities
Marijuana on the move from Colorado; official says Centennial State now pot source much like Mexico

"It's absolutely getting worse," said Tom Gorman, head of the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area -- the agency that helps to halt drug transactions.

Hash oil explosions rise with legalized marijuana

The opening months of Colorado's first-in-the-nation recreational marijuana industry have seen a rise in fiery explosions and injuries as pot users try to make the drug's intoxicating oil in crude home-based laboratories. Since Jan. 1, when sales began, the state's only certified adult burn center has treated 10 people with serious injuries they suffered while making hash oil, compared with 11 in 2013 and one in 2012.

hash oil, Colorado-0
3 hurt in explosion at marijuana-grow facility

Investigators say the explosion happened Wednesday while the people were using butane to extract the intoxicating chemical THC from the marijuana plant.

Colorado-0, Danger
Colorado fourth-graders sell and swap grandparents’ pot at school

A couple of 10-year-old Colorado kids were caught making marijuana deals at school — selling and swapping legally purchased pot they pilfered from their grandparents’ stash, a school district official said Wednesday.
A fourth-grade boy brought a small amount of leafy marijuana on Monday to Monfort Elementary School in Greeley, Colo., and sold it to three classmates on the school playground.

MacKinnon: Medical pot push driven by profit

Does nobody else see the multiple flaws and outright dangers associated with such an amendment? Does anyone else not recognize the fact that “medical marijuana” is a fantasy created for profit?

ballot, Colorado-0, Medical, chemicals, follow the money
Denver coroner: Man fell to death after eating marijuana cookies

The coroner also listed "marijuana intoxication" from cannabis-infused cookies as a significant condition contributing to the death.


Colorado-0, Teen, Death
A Look Inside Colorado’s Pot Industry

We welcomed in a new industry that knowingly promotes an addictive and harmful substance SO THAT PEOPLE COULD MAKE MONEY. The business of business is to make money and when there is money to be made people will signup no matter how messed up the means are. 
For these businesses to continue making the huge money they are making they will need to do two things: 1) engage new users, 2) convert current users to more frequent users.
Our weed in Colorado is so strong (20-30 percent THC in its smoked form) that we have a strain called “green crack.”
Our concentrates, which are advertised aggressively, are 80-90 percent THC, and are often smoked on a super-heated needle and puts the smoker on their back with one hit.  Our edibles come in gummies, fruit sodas, suckers, candy and yummy looking baked goods that are so potent that a single pot brownie in Colorado comes with a warning that it has to be cut into fourths before consuming.

Colorado-0, edibles, Potency
Governor Issues: Warning signs on Colorado's marijuana legalization

“I urge caution,” he said at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington last week. When states promote something that is not good for people, he said, they need to be prepared for “unintended consequences.”

Colorado-0, warning, legalization, Children
Pot Fuels Surge in Drugged Driving Deaths

Cannabinol, a remnant of marijuana, was found in 12.2 percent of those deceased drivers during 2010, (up from 4.2 percent in 1999). Pot was the most common non-alcoholic drug detected by those toxicology screenings.

car crashes 2, impaired, alcohol, Colorado-0
A Colorado marijuana guide: 64 answers to commonly asked question Read more: A Colorado marijuana guide: 64 answers to commonly asked questions
Colorado-0, Laws
How lucrative is it to be one of Colorado’s legal marijuana dealers? (Not as lucrative as being an illegal one.)
Taxes, Colorado-0
Legal pot: Colorado’s bad ‘medicine’
Colorado-0, Medical
Will Colorado's Pot Taxes Preserve The Black Market?
Taxes, Colorado-0
Impact in Colorado of legalizing marijuana- April 2013 (Data is before recreational legalization.)
Colorado-0, car crashes 2, youth, emergency room
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