Studies Show Results Of Legal Pot In Colorado

By Jennifer Brice

DENVER (CBS4) – The Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area wants you to read their latest report about the impact of legal weed since 2013. So you know, they’re the feds.

Tom Gorman runs the local office and says his study is filled with valuable facts for other states considering legalization. He says it’s a must read for parents, too.

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“Here it is,” he says candidly. “You decide whether you think (marijuana) is good or bad.”

Gorman says his group pulls the data from national drug usage surveys, highway transportation statistics and police investigations.

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Here are the highlights in just three years since legalization:

Brian Vicente is with Sensible Colorado. He’s a marijuana activist and co-author of Amendment 64, the measure passed by voters to legalize marijuana. He questions the Rocky Mountain HIDTA’s data.

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“They kinda just hand pick statistics and try to present this case that the sky is falling in Colorado,” says Vincente.

He believes the average Coloradan is happy with legalization based on jobs and tax revenue.

Gorman says there’s a dark side too. Colorado youth, college age and even adults now rank number one in the nation for pot use according to RMHIDTA.

Gorman believes are kids are mostly paying the price based of legalization based on what school resource officers are seeing on the front lines.

“These kids are going out at lunch and getting loaded,” says Gorman. “They sit in back of the class and are not being educated. Is this good? Is this the workforce that we want? Are these the people we want leading this country later on?”


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Jennifer Brice is a reporter with CBS4 focusing on crime and courts. Follow her on Facebook or on Twitter @CBS4Jenn.

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