Marijuana Has Transformed The Colorado Landscape Since It Was Legalized In 2012, Creating An Economic Boom Of Thousands Of Jobs And Billions Of Dollars In Economic Activity.

The governor has proposed that some marijuana revenues, which reached $200m in taxes and fees in 2016, should be directed toward homelessness programs. Some read this as a legislators way of saying that the problem should pay for itself. He has the support of homelessness advocates such as Daniel Starrett, a divisional commander of the Salvation Army. The marijuana industry needs to accept responsibility for unintended consequences of their impact on society, he said. Starrett contends that marijuana is a gateway drug to other substances a question on which the science is not settled and that the financial burden of marijuana use on struggling families can lead to them losing their homes. Marijuana has transformed the Colorado landscape since it was legalized in 2012, creating an economic boom of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity. It has also spawned detractors: a few years later, Fox News host Bill OReilly sent correspondent Jesse Watters to Denver for a segment that spliced interviews with homeless people who consume marijuana and clips from stoner films such as Half Baked. But many reject a chain of causation. Smoking weed didnt cause me to be here, said James Leroy Aiken, a middle-aged man who has been homeless for four years and was waiting for dinner outside the rescue mission. He attributes his homelessness to the death of several family members, a learning colorado marijuana disability that prevented him from learning how to read, and his addiction to meth. Medical marijuana gives him some control over his schizoaffective disorder and anxiety, he said.

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