Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Pueblo Chieftain Says No to Recreational Marijuana

In a long, thoughtful editorial, the Pueblo Chieftain recommended voting to end legalized recreational marijuana in Pueblo County.

The Chieftain listed the economic benefits, namely jobs and tax revenue, but cited the massive increase in the homeless population, vagrancy, panhandling, parking lot camping and tent cities. They also described the social cost for police protection and emergency room care due to recreational marijuana. Also, “60 Minutes” this weekend featured Pueblo’s marijuana industry with an emphasis on the negative impacts on infants, teenagers and driving while intoxicated.

Expansion and taxation of recreational marijuana is on the ballot throughout Colorado this election. Has the spread of recreational marijuana reached a resistance point? Are voters for more or less?

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