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What Does Colorado's Legalization of Marijuana Mean to the Rest of the Country and to You

"On January first, 2014, the State of Colorado's bill that legalized the sale of two ounces or less of marijuana for "recreational" use took affect and the society's drug experiment started. In reading some of the articles from the news media, we didn't find any articles that examined any of the negative aspects of making marijuana more easily available to everyone over age 21 and it is obviously more available for adolescents and others that are banned from its use under this law.

As the new year started, retailers that had been selling medical marijuana were prepared to offer their goods to anyone over the age of 21.  According to the media, none of them were prepared for the onslaught of customers that hit their stores on the first business day of the year."

Newspaper and television throughout the country were fixated on the numbers of customers that were lined up out the doors and down the streets to get their hands on legal marijuana.

Every news article was looking at this phenomenon with excitement and telling the story as if it were as exciting as Henry Ford’s discovery of the assembly line.  A new era in America’s development. 

We thought that these articles should be tempered by some news and speculation about the hazards that might beset society from this elements of our society that is so excited to get loaded on pot. 

The stories reported that none of the shop owners were as prepared as they might have been for the surge in business compared to what they had been selling as medical marijuana.  One shop reported that they were seeing about forty customers a day for medical marijuana and the first three days of this years they saw about 200/day. 

That led to unexpected profits, especially when they started raising their prices to temper the numbers that were seeking their wares. 
Next, the “drug pushers of today” were faced with a problem that drove their bookkeepers absolutely up the wall to the point that they were smoking their profits to handle the unexpected rules by Colorado banks that these shop owner couldn’t deposit their cash in their banks.  Not that the bankers didn’t want their money, but since marijuana is still illegal at the federal level and banks are regulated by the feds, it is against the law to deposit this contraband cash. 

It appears as though no one was as prepared as they should have been.  When the doors opened on those shops in Denver that were licensed to sell marijuana, the buyers or customers made lines that went down the block and people waited in these lines like they do to get into their favorite concert.  The owners of most shops were faced with too little inventory so they couldn't meet the demand.  To slow down the demand, they started limiting the amount that any one buyer could purchase and they, naturally, raised the price.  They stated that they didn't want to, but they had to curb the enthusiasm.

 This article isn't meant to share sympathy for the sellers of marijuana, but the media appears to be encouraging and supporting this new industry.  Typical of a group of journalist to be excited about something that is potentially very harmful to individuals and to society as a whole.  They love to cover a train wreck and this law may prove to just that.

Unfortunately, governors from other states are watching what is happening in Colorado with great interest since everyone is interested in getting as much tax money as possible without taxing the power-brokers. 

But is it that innocent are is there something sinister behind the legalization of marijuana and, perhaps, later the legalization of all drugs.  Will 2014 be remembered as the year that the United States really said: “Turn-on, Tune-in, and Drop-out”.

One thing we are very sure of, it isn't going to lessen the demand for longterm drug rehab centers. In fact, we are projecting that more long-term drug rehab beds will be needed when the marijuana smoker prove again that pot can be a gateway drug or those that find our deminished their existence as become seeing the deadening of their lives through constant drug use.

Let me we are not excited about this new law.

As we said in our article on marijuana use on the raise: The sad thing is that the only way the addict knows how to relieve all those feelings is use of drugs, so they may go back to marijuana a or if really trying to quit go see a doctor and get prescriptions drugs.

What Has Been The Effect of Legalization After Two Years, January, 2016

According to the article “The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact,” the impact of legalized marijuana in Colorado has resulted in:

1. 25% to 40% of the DUI arrest in Colorado have been from people driving under the influence of just marijuana and not any other drugs or alcohol. Also, the majority of DUI drug arrests involve marijuana.

2. In 2012, Colorado youth citizens had a rate of 10.47 percent of ages 12 to 17 were considered current marijuana users. This is constrasted to 7.55 percent for the average across the U.S.. Colorado was ranked 4th in the nation, and was 39% higher than the national average.

3. suspensions and expulsions for school aged youth in Colorado increased 32% during the 2008-2009 to the 2012-2013 schools years with marijuana being the majority of problems.

4. 27% of college age students were considered current marijuana users compared to 19% nationally, which ranks Colorado third in the nation and 42 percent above the national average.

5. Of those arrested in 2013, nearlyu half of those arrested tested positive for marijuan, and increase of 16%.

6. From 2011 through 2013 there was a 57 percent increase in marijuana-related emergency room visits.

7. Hospitalizations related to marijuana has increased 82 percent since 2008.

 

It isn't difficult to see where we are headed in terms of the consequences of legalization of marijauna. Do we really want to hurt our society any more than what we have seen in the last 50 years?

Good long term drug rehab centers will help a person be able to be happy, feel good physically and excel in life without any drugs.

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