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Old 07-13-2014, 06:04 PM   #1
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Crime down and revenue up in Colorado since start of marijuana legalization

The great green experiment underway in Colorado is continuing to yield considerable results after five full months of marijuana legalization, according to the latest statistics out of the first state in America to lift the prohibition on pot.

Crime in Colorado’s capital city, Denver, has dropped by more than a tenth, local law enforcement data reveals, and the state as a whole is expected to collect around $30 million in revenue this year as a result of weed taxes.

Colorado became the first of the 50 states to allow adults to legally purchase recreational marijuana at the start of 2014, and advocates, critics, politicians and the public from coast-to-coast have been looking that way ever since to see what that precedent-setting decision could mean for their own localized efforts to reform weed laws. Nearly half a year later, evidence suggests the experiment is largely so far a success.

Between January 1 and April 30, violent crime and property crime in Denver — the most populated city in Colorado, in terms of both people and weed dispensaries — dropped 10.6 percent compared to that same span one year earlier, official statistics reveal. Homicides have dropped to less than half of last year’s levels, and motor vehicle theft has shrunk by over one-third.

Economically speaking, rolling back the weed ban in Colorado has done wonders as well. The Associated Press reported this week that nearly $19 million in recreational marijuana was sold throughout the state in just the month of March, with $1.9 million of that going immediately to Denver to be divvied up by lawmakers to various state programs.

By the end of the year, weed taxes are expected to net Colorado around $30 million, which as of this week will be used on a plan that puts that money into mostly child drug use prevention and outreach, the AP reported, which means more school nurses and public education efforts funded by marijuana excises. The New York Times reported this week that those taxes have so far provided the state with around $12.6 million. According to Reuters, the latest year-end projection in total revenue generated is around $98 million—exceeding the state’s original estimate by 40 percent.

For the rest of the article: http://rt.com/usa/163644-colorado-marijuana-crime-drop/
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Old 07-13-2014, 09:13 PM   #2
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I love Pot! I wish I worked at a place that didn't random drug test.
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Haven't done it since college 30 years ago. Don't miss it a bit.
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But, but...its a Gateway.....
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Dont get me wrong. I love pot. But it is a gateway drug. Ever heard of "pot depression". After a while pot will stop working for you. People start doing uppers just to do pot to feel that high again. That wh3n you get in trouble.
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Dont get me wrong. I love pot. But it is a gateway drug. Ever heard of "pot depression". After a while pot will stop working for you. People start doing uppers just to do pot to feel that high again. That wh3n you get in trouble.
I thought that is what the potato chips were for?
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They just need to buy better stuff.
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Post hoc ergo propter hoc.
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So you disagree? We'll see. I bet the one year crime rates for Denver will be significantly lower than last year.
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Dont get me wrong. I love pot. But it is a gateway drug. Ever heard of "pot depression". After a while pot will stop working for you. People start doing uppers just to do pot to feel that high again. That wh3n you get in trouble.
Meh, alcohol has the same problem.
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Dont get me wrong. I love pot. But it is a gateway drug. Ever heard of "pot depression". After a while pot will stop working for you. People start doing uppers just to do pot to feel that high again. That wh3n you get in trouble.
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As someone who has smoked pot almost everyday for 20 years , and has the money to do whatever drug he wants . I have never done or wanted to do any other drug , so no idea how it is a gateway drug.
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As someone who has smoked pot almost everyday for 20 years , and has the money to do whatever drug he wants . I have never done or wanted to do any other drug , so no idea how it is a gateway drug.
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As someone who has smoked pot almost everyday for 20 years , and has the money to do whatever drug he wants . I have never done or wanted to do any other drug , so no idea how it is a gateway drug.
SO TDMVP, where do you get your pot from?
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Pot is awesome, but to compare that to crime rate is a bit far fetched. It' slike saying I have a rock that keeps Tigers away.
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Dont get me wrong. I love pot. But it is a gateway drug. Ever heard of "pot depression". After a while pot will stop working for you. People start doing uppers just to do pot to feel that high again. That wh3n you get in trouble.
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Green gold: Colo. underestimated pot demand

A study on the Colorado marijuana market is providing economists and business professionals an inside look at the pot industry for the first time. Regulators in the Centennial State have released the brief for the Colorado Department of Revenue, which reveals a number of interesting items, including that Coloradans are consuming a lot more cannabis than was previously estimated. There is also a large market for tourists taking part. The study accounts for recreational and medical marijuana, giving an in-depth look at the total market activity for what may be the first time in history.

What is the major takeaway from the study? That folks in Colorado are consuming a lot of marijuana — 130 metric tons per year, actually. Of the state's 5.36 million people, 485,000, or 9%, are identified as regular adult marijuana users. While that doesn't seem like an awful lot, the most frequent users are by far creating the most demand. Heavy users especially, or those who use cannabis on a daily or near-daily basis, have been the biggest drivers. According to the study's numbers, the top 21.8% of the heaviest users account for 66.9% of the demand. In stark contrast, the lightest users — those that use marijuana less than once per month on average — make up roughly one-third of the entire user pool but only represents 0.3% of total demand.

As far as tourists and visitors are concerned, out-of-state customers are definitely bringing money into the state. There is an estimated 8.9 metric tons of demand for visitors alone, and the numbers are skewed between rural and urban environments. It's estimated that 44% of retail sales in metro areas like Denver are made by out-of-state visitors, and a whopping 90% in the more rural mountain counties.

All of the data shows a large underestimate by regulators as to how big the demand would actually be for retail marijuana in the state, and most of that demand has been driven by the heaviest users, according to the study.


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Is it too early to call the legalization of pot in Colorado a success?
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Crime has been trending downward long before weed was legalized. Nice attempt at correlation equals causation, though.
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As someone who has smoked pot almost everyday for 20 years , and has the money to do whatever drug he wants . I have never done or wanted to do any other drug , so no idea how it is a gateway drug.
Because those who experiment with weed often move on to other things.

You may also want to check out the negative effects of long term daily use of weed.
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Colorado welfare recipients are using ATMs located inside marijuana retail shops to withdraw cash.

The money was given to them by taxpayers to help their families survive, but an exclusive Fox31 Denver investigation found some cash benefits most likely going toward marijuana purchases.

http://kdvr.com/2014/02/19/welfare-c...ado-pot-shops/
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Dont get me wrong. I love pot. But it is a gateway drug. Ever heard of "pot depression". After a while pot will stop working for you. People start doing uppers just to do pot to feel that high again. That wh3n you get in trouble.
The Gateway drug thing is dumb. I smoked in HS. I never once thought "hmmmm doing a line of coke sounds good right about now". They need to legalize it and get it over with.
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Colorado welfare recipients are using ATMs located inside marijuana retail shops to withdraw cash.

The money was given to them by taxpayers to help their families survive, but an exclusive Fox31 Denver investigation found some cash benefits most likely going toward marijuana purchases.

http://kdvr.com/2014/02/19/welfare-c...ado-pot-shops/
Why did Colorado kill that bill that would have prevented such withdrawals in pot shops and strip clubs? Why do these "survival" ATM cards have no oversight in the first place?
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Marijuana as a Gateway Drug: The Myth That Will Not Die

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Scientists long ago abandoned the idea that marijuana causes users to try other drugs: as far back as 1999, in a report commissioned by Congress to
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Patterns in progression of drug use from adolescence to adulthood are strikingly regular. Because it is the most widely used illicit
drug, marijuana is predictably the first illicit drug most people encounter. Not surprisingly, most users of other illicit drugs have used marijuana first.
In fact, most drug users begin with alcohol and nicotine before marijuana — usually before they are of legal age.

In the sense that marijuana use typically precedes rather than follows initiation of other illicit drug use, it is indeed a “gateway” drug. But because
underage smoking and alcohol use typically precede marijuana use, marijuana is not the most common, and is rarely the first, “gateway” to illicit
drug use. There is no conclusive evidence that the drug effects of marijuana are causally linked to the subsequent abuse of other illicit drugs.
http://healthland.time.com/2010/10/2...-will-not-die/
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http://healthland.time.com/2010/10/2...-will-not-die/
Alcohol and nicotine aren't illicit. Other than that, thanks for posting a link which proves the point that people often DO start with weed in the illicit drug arena and then move up the ladder of danger.

Myths dispelled indeed.
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