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Hickenlooper’s Pot Fiasco

iVoteColorado John HickenlooperPot is changing Colorado and its people. Behind it all is John Hickenlooper, one of America’s most confused and spineless Governors.

Colorado was one of the first of two states codifying the legal use of recreational marijuana. Hickenlooper, who has waffled on the issue, claims he has seen the light and that legalizing pot was probably not a good idea for Colorado.

Originally, Hickenlooper stood in opposition to the legalization of marijuana, but rather than lead the State to protect its citizens, he flipped on the issue, letting the voters decide and in 2012 Colorado enacted an amendment to the State’s constitution on the heals of a 55% referendum in the affirmative. Colorado said “yes” to recreational pot use.

Now, under the Governor’s oversight, the statistics are beginning to tell a negative story of increased use of marijuana on the part of youth and and increase in highway deaths attributable to THC, the primary chemical in pot that impacts the user. Here are just a few of the findings in the summary report from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an annual survey sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Metal Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for the comparizon years 2013-14 with 2011-12:

  • Use by children ages 12-17 increased 20%;
  • Colorado youth ranked #1 in pot use, up from #4;
  • Use by college age adults (18-25) increased 17%;
  • Colorado college past month use was 62% higher than the US average;
  • Colorado adults age 26+ saw marijuana use climb by 63%;

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Read this tragic story of destruction.

It gets worse. The latest study conducted by a federal government program demonstrated that marijuana related hospital visits, school suspensions and traffic deaths are all up significantly. Drivers who tested positive for THC increased 100 percent and traffic fatalities jumped more than 100 percent from 37 to 78. Emergency room visits were up 57 percent in just two years with a 29 percent increase in emergency room visits for teenagers.

Add to this the increase in marijuana related school suspensions and the impact of consumer exported marijuana to other states and we have the classic beginnings of another drug epidemic.

Under Governor Kickenlooper’s leadership, the State of Colorado, in a trade off for more than $118 million in new revenue, is now apparently reaping a harvest it did not bargain for, including the destruction of young lives and families.

iVoteColorado supports the repeal of Governor Hickenlooper and the State’s new law allowing the recreational use of marijuana.

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