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Legalization didn’t unclog prisons prisons, crime, Colorado-0, clearing the haze

“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.”

Marijuana-growing spikes Denver electric demand, challenges clean-power plan Colorado-0, denver, Electricity, Environment

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.

Marijuana Use in Colorado Colorado-0, usage

"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.

Marijuana Intoxication Blamed In More Deaths, Injuries Death, Intoxication, suicide, Colorado-0

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.

Don't Legalize Marijuana pot, normlize, Colorado-0, youth, Medical, science, Taxes

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.

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
Marijuana three times stronger than in the 1980s, lab tests report. Colorado-0, Potency, THC
Clearing the Haze Colorado-0
Addressing Driver Impairment Difficult Colorado-0, car crashes 2, Impairment
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 edibles, Colorado-0, SMART, news video clip

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.

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 youth, Colorado-0, denver, usage, increase

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.

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

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 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 homeless, Colorado-0

"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.

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 car crashes 2, impaired, Colorado-0

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.

Legal pot blamed for some of influx of homeless in Denver this summer addiction, Colorado-0
The Devastation That’s Really Happening in Colorado Colorado-0
Welfare Cash for Weed in Colorado Colorado-0, food stamps
At Colorado’s borders, a dividing line over marijuana Colorado-0, Business

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.”

Bad Science: The Marijuana Experiment Has Failed Colorado-0
Devestation- What is really happening in Colorado Colorado-0
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 Colorado-0, Black Market

"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."

Marijuana Is Now Big Business Business, workplace, Colorado-0
Don't Harsh Our Mellow Dude Colorado-0, edibles, unintended consequences

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

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' Environment, Colorado-0

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.

Marijuana use involved in more fatal accidents in Colorado Colorado-0, impaired, car crashes 2, Fatalities

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.

Marijuana on the move from Colorado; official says Centennial State now pot source much like Mexico Colorado-0

"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 hash oil, Colorado-0

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.

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

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

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

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 ballot, Colorado-0, Medical, chemicals, follow the money

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?

Denver coroner: Man fell to death after eating marijuana cookies Colorado-0, Teen, Death

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

A Look Inside Colorado’s Pot Industry Colorado-0, edibles, Potency

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.

Governor Issues: Warning signs on Colorado's marijuana legalization Colorado-0, warning, legalization, Children

“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.”

Pot Fuels Surge in Drugged Driving Deaths car crashes 2, impaired, alcohol, Colorado-0

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.

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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