Seven months in and the state of the marijuana industry is a topic of hot debate

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Denver, CO (KDVR) — It’s been seven months since Colorado opened the door to recreational marijuana, and its impact depends upon who you ask.

A national marijuana advocacy group has released a study pointing to facts that demonstrate some of the positive aspects of legal marijuana, but opponents are citing some troubling facts of their own.

After six months of recreational marijuana many people haven’t changed their opinions of it.

“On a personal level I’m not a fan of it. I wish we didn’t have it,” said LeeAnn Bernosky.

“I don’t see a problem in it,” said Mike Falkowski. “I actually think that alcohol is much worse.”

Now, as the six month mark approaches, a marijuana advocacy group is trying to cut through the opinion with facts.

“This program is showing that we can improve public safety, revenue in the economy, and our individual civil liberties all at the same time,” said Michael Elliott with the Marijuana Industry Group.

The Drug Policy Alliance, a marijuana advocacy group, released a study that found legal marijuana generated $10.8 million dollars in tax revenue for Colorado in four months. Despite worries about public safety, violent crime has also fallen 5.2 percent from this time last year.

Add in another report, which found that after 20 sting operations, no retailer has been cited for selling pot to anyone underage.

“What we’re seeing is that so many of those predictions (about recreational pot) look like utter nonsense now,” Elliott said.

But opponents of recreational marijuana say they have facts of their own.

“We’ve been keeping track of other things the past six months that are concerning for us,” said Gina Carbone, with SMART Colorado.

Carbone points to numbers from poison control centers showing more kids being treated for accidentally ingesting marijuana, and two high profile cases in which edible overdoses were linked to a death and a murder.

“To have seen these very, very tragic deaths due to edibles, obviously, tells us that we still have a lot of work to do with the regulations,” Carbone said.

“Everyone is acknowledging that the potency of edibles needs to probably be lowered so that people aren’t accidentally over doing it,” Elliott said.

Opponents say stoned driving and public intoxication are also up, but advocates argue that the numbers are thanks to increased enforcement, which is funded by all that tax revenue.

12 comments

  • Hard Truths

    Prohibitionists — you have lost — and you were wrong, too.

    Every day that passes is further proof that marijuana should be treated more or less like alcohol.

  • Fee Fambulefombly

    I’d like to see the evidence on the two “overdose deaths” referred to in this article. I don’t really believe it. The murder though…well…someone can just as easily get excessively drunk and if they had motive then an intoxicant could have given them the courage…sure you can blame the pot, but you could blame the alcohol just the same. Blaming an intoxicant that just happens to be weed isn’t really fair to say it’s the weed’s fault when I can bet anything the history of people getting drunk and killing (or, *cough cough* beating on) a spouse or someone is more frequent than one time..

    • Hard Truths

      I, too, would like to see some documentation of those “overdose” deaths.

      I’ve seen ONE person pass out before from eating too many pot brownies. I have seen probably a thousand people passed out from excessive alcohol consumption. And the “victim” of marijuana woke up, not hung over and barfing, but with a serene smile on his silly face.

    • Don

      I’d like to see the evidence on the two “overdose deaths”
      HEY, I REALLY THINK YOU HAVE SOMETHING GOING FOR YOUSELF.
      WHY DON’T YOU ASK THE CORONER WHO MADE THE DECISION, AND YOU MIGHT BE THE HERO YOU WANT TO BE. YOU CAN SIT AROUND WITH YOUR BUDDIES AND PUFF WHILE YOU RUN YOUR MOUTH.
      THE POT HEADS AND DRINKERS SOMETIME OVERDO IT. THEY GET MELLOWED AND GET BEHIND THE WHEEL AND SOME TIME CRASH INTO SOMEONE. THE POLICE HANDLE BOTH, JUST LIKE THE CORONER.

      • Duncan20903

        Neither of the two deaths were vehicular.
        One was a 19 year old, so he was breaking the law. Drunken, underage people die from falling off of balconies all the time. Around 1800 college age students die from alcoholic misadventures every year.
        The man that shot his wife is a total stand alone incident. It’s not as if its ever happened in California and they’ve been selling medibles over the counter for over a decade.
        I’d love to read the coroners reports…got a link? I presume that you actually read them rather than just taking the word of the liars at “Smart” Colorado.
        Could you explain why the impaired driver that wrecked two police cars took an investigation to discover that in addition to the cannabis was driving with a BAC of almost 0.27? That’s more than 3 times the legal limit but the lying prohibitionists didn’t bother to mention that fact.
        Unless you’re going to claim that cannabis has to be absolutely harmless a couple of statistical outliers are hardly reasons to perpetuate the stupidity of the epic failure of public policy represented by the absolute prohibition of cannabis.
        You might also want to re-examine your flawed reasoning for accepting the claims of the proven liars that make up the prohibitionist cohort. They’re playing you for a chump. For example, the claim in the instant article that cannabis DUIs have increased. But not even an attempt to document that claim.

  • Hard Truths

    Opposition to legalization is desperate and dishonest. They have also been wrong on most other issues over the years. They are not the people whose opinions we should listen to. They specialize in ignorance, fear, and bigotry.

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