When Colorado passed the amendment that allows recreational pot in 2012, a couple of years later the town of De Beque decided to legalize marijuana. The main reason was to obtain revenues from the cannabis tax after some economic problems such as: the 2008 recession, difficult business regulations, and the drop in gas prices.
However, there are some harmful side effects that De Beque did not consider before making marijuana as legal as alcohol.
De Beque ignores marijuana’s impact in agriculture while establishing regulations about its use. Since marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, cannabis farmers have a difficult time finding specific information about pests and pesticides that are safe for use. This has led to a dangerous misuse of pesticides.
In March of this year plants at several growing facilities in the Denver area had to be quarantined because of the misuse of “pesticides.” The pesticides, it turns out, were improvised concoctions of chemicals, including some unidentifiable mixtures.
For a town where agriculture plays a key role in its economy, such as De Beque, it can be really harmful.
Moreover, thanks to an increase in marijuana use, teenagers experimenting with drugs are resulting in more school expulsions, medical issues, and even death.
The legalization of marijuana has also increased law-enforcement issues. Interstate commercialization has increased, affecting other states.
Nebraska and Oklahoma file LAWSUITS AGAINST THE STATE, citing the fact that marijuana commerce violates federal law and increases the burdens of law enforcement in other states.
These problems reflect that legalizing marijuana can be counterproductive.
In 2014 and 2015, nearly $6 MILLION IN POT REVENUES have been distributed to local governments. But the cost of increased law enforcement, drugged-driving incidents, fatal crashes, loss of productivity and a huge spike in gang-related crime bring into question the cost-benefit of those dollars.
Colorado’s focus was to stipulate the amount of pot that is legal to possess, but it did not consider these harmful effects when it legalizing cannabis.
It is important for other states to understand that the impact of marijuana is greater than people expected.
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