The legalization of recreational marijuana continues to be a polarizing subject in America, and not one that necessarily falls along party lines. This year, recreational pot is legal — although restricted — in Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Oregon, the state of Washington, and Washington, D.C., according to Governing.com.
But with Colorado being the first state — along with Washington — to legalize recreational pot back in 2012, enough time has passed for some people to say that the effects on society are evident. And one Colorado Christian University official is claiming that his state’s green light on the drug has been utterly devastating.
Writing for USA Today, columnist and Vice President of Public Policy Jeff Hunt pointed out how three promises state officials made regarding legal weed have been completely broken.
Promise 1: Decrease in black market marijuana
In reality, Hunt says, there’s been an increase. Plus, numerous legal pot businesses have been busted for breaking the law. While pot is legal, many people are not following the strict rules for limited purchasing, possession, and potency as well as consumption, transportation, exportation, and driving under the influence. Illnesses and injuries related to DUIs, child overdoses, and pot abuse have surged.
Promise 2: Increased funding for schools
Hunt pointed to one of Colorado’s largest school districts that has yet to see marijuana tax revenue, only more pot in their schools.
Promise 3: Decrease in marijuana arrests in minority communities
Marijuana arrests of black and Latino youths have actually gone up, says Hunt. He also points out that pot businesses have targeted minority communities by setting up the majority of their shops in them where the abuse of the drug has become widespread.
Hunt says the “true impact of marijuana on our communities is just being learned” and that the push by U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) to nationally legalize the drug must be stopped. Colorado is the only example we need.
What do you think about this? Did you know that President Trump is planning to crack down on weed across the nation?