In 2012, we were promised funds from marijuana taxes would benefit our communities, particularly schools. Dr. Harry Bull, the Superintendent of Cherry Creek Schools, one of the largest school districts in the state, said, "So far, the only thing that the legalization of marijuana has brought to our schools has been marijuana."
In fiscal year 2016, marijuana tax revenue resulted in $156,701,018. The total tax revenue for Colorado was $13,327,123,798, making marijuana only 1.18% of the state's total tax revenue. The cost of marijuana legalization in public awareness campaigns, law enforcement, healthcare treatment, addiction recovery, and preventative work is an unknown cost to date.
Senator Booker stated his reasons for legalizing marijuana is to reduce "marijuana arrests happening so much in our country, targeting certain communities - poor communities, minority communities." It's a noble cause to seek to reduce incarceration rates among these communities but legalizing marijuana has had the opposite effect.
According to the Colorado Department of Public Safety, arrests in Colorado of black and Latino youth for marijuana possession have increased 58% and 29% respectively after legalization. This means that Black and Latino youth are being arrested more for marijuana possession after it became legal.
Tensions Rise Over Proposed Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients
WITH ice addiction declared a public health crisis, the Government’s proposed drug-testing trial of welfare recipients couldn’t come at a better time.
Methamphetamine-related deaths have doubled in Australia in just six years, according to new findings by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
Back in May, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull defended the controversial trial by saying: “If you love somebody who is addicted to drugs, don’t you want to get them off drugs?”
Naturally, but the fact is that addicts won’t seek treatment or be motivated to change unless they see a reason to do so.
THE DRUG ADVISORY COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA SUPPORTS- More drug rehabilitation that enables illicit drug users to move toward drug free lifestyles – Court ordered and supervised detoxification & rehabilitation - Less illicit drug users, drug pushers and drug related crimes
A Colorado district attorney drew attention this week after he pronounced marijuana to be a "gateway drug to homicide."
The controversial remarks made by 4th Judicial District Attorney Dan May came at a news conference Tuesday about a large black market marijuana bust in the state, KKTV reported. Thirteen people have been indicted, Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman announced.
Black market marijuana bust leaves bruises on Colorado's marijuana industry July 2017
Cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug in the United States, and trends show increasing use in the general population. As cannabis consumption rises, there has been significant emerging evidence for cannabis-related risks to health.1
Numerous lines of evidence suggest a correlation between cannabis consumption and a variety of psychiatric conditions, including cannabis-induced psychosis (CIP). While it can be difficult to differentiate CIP from other psychoses, CIP holds distinguishing characteristics, which may aid in its diagnosis. Given the increasing push toward cannabis legalization, assessing CIP and employing timely treatments is critical.
Specifically in youth, there is a direct relationship between cannabis use and its risks. The lack of knowledge surrounding its detrimental effects, combined with misunderstandings related to its therapeutic effects, has potential for catastrophic results