6 Reasons Why The Legalization of Marijuana Has Made Colorado a Better Place

Here are some very interesting stats since Colorado legalized cannabis. We’ve also include the sources of these statistics.

1. Less Children Use Pot.

2. Traffic fatalities are at all time lows.

3. Fewer people take dangerous meds.

4. Lazy? Nope. Record setting job growth.

5. Violent crime has dropped significantly.

6. More tax money than alcohol.

Sources: http://www.drugpolicy.org/resource/marijuana-legalization-colorado-one-year-status-report

https://www.drugpolicy.org/sites/default/files/Colorado_Marijuana_Legalization_One_Year_Status_Report.pdf

http://drthurstone.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Crime-Stats-Thurstone.pdf

Sources: http://www.drugpolicy.org/resource/marijuana-legalization-colorado-one-year-status-report

https://www.drugpolicy.org/sites/default/files/Colorado_Marijuana_Legalization_One_Year_Status_Report.pdf

http://drthurstone.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Crime-Stats-Thurstone.pdf

119 comments
Tiffany Burnham
Tiffany Burnham

I guess your retarded because it's fact that over 200,000 people have moved here since 2013, that is not opinion. We are through because your retarded.

Neal Werner
Neal Werner

Yours is an opinion as well. I guess we're done here.

April Marie
April Marie

That's how many we have gotten. People can legally grow in houses they're buying and they definitely cannot do that anywhere else.

Karin Menke Dronenburg
Karin Menke Dronenburg

During the oil glut of the 70s, people moved to Colorado in droves ---remember the "Don't Californicate Colorado" signs and bumper stickers? Seems there's always a reason........

Tiffany Burnham
Tiffany Burnham

All I'm hearing are opinions. I won't debate those. River Wood came close to fact with growth and opportunity, but nothing solid. I don't even have an issue with pot, I have an issue with the influx of people that moved to this state after it was legalized, so you'd have to show me solid proof that people aren't moving here for that reason, and I highly doubt either of you can.

River Wood
River Wood

Your original point was ironclad. ;)

Neal Werner
Neal Werner

Hardly any of the people moving here are moving for pot. Pot exists everywhere already.

Neal Werner
Neal Werner

Still doubt it. People can get pot wherever that they live. They don't need to move anywhere. Some have moved here for it, but not nearly 250k a year.

Neal Werner
Neal Werner

The economy is a cycle. Always has been, always will be.

River Wood
River Wood

No one is like, "Ya know, there are jobs in Colorado... but I just couldn't stand to live there!"

River Wood
River Wood

In general, I mean... the trend here is a rising economy, and increased opportunities for both employment and startups. There may still be downward pressure on wages simply due to the fact that we aren't having much trouble bringing in a work force.

Tiffany Burnham
Tiffany Burnham

Companies can't even keep up with the growth, where's the opportunity? A job that once paid 15.44/hr now pays 12.50, I don't think that's called opportunity.

River Wood
River Wood

If they were lazy, they'd stay where they are... there isn't anywhere the black market doesn't serve up weed. There is opportunity here because of the growing -- or "growing" -- economy. :)

Tiffany Burnham
Tiffany Burnham

Never ceases to amaze me how people just don't get it. Rising costs has nothing to do with human nature. It has to do with supply and demand. If potheads we're smart, they would save themselves time and money by getting their own legislation in their own state, but I guess that lazy thing about pot is for real.

Neal Werner
Neal Werner

You don't mean that ^ lol. Anyway, I appreciate what you do. We're both just fighting for what we believe.

Garrett Hackett
Garrett Hackett

It's a hypothetical statement. I didn't use you by name. Either way, at the end of it. Stay safe and keep others safe.

Neal Werner
Neal Werner

I'd also appreciate you not bringing me into this personally.

Garrett Hackett
Garrett Hackett

I do, but I don't dive. In fact I above mentioned, feel free to drink, smoke, swallow, snort, inject, just do it at home where you're not endangering others.

Neal Werner
Neal Werner

I'm sure you drink, why can't people smoke?

Robert Comer
Robert Comer

Exactly, and telling by your profile I have no interest in knowing you. Adios

Garrett Hackett
Garrett Hackett

Listen, it's a statical fact that someone (maybe you) will drive high or drunk or both before your caught or killed. Or kill someone. That data is also developed from the National Highway traffic safety administration and cdot. From coast to coast. If you're getting close to that number, really think about the price of someone else's life and determine if you want to pay for it. It's your choice. Who knows, I might even be the officer handling your crash one day. Regardless if you're wearing shoes or not.

Brian Atkins
Brian Atkins

Yes, let's throw all the weed smokers in jail. We already have a problem with over populated prisons, not to mention the tax dollars that we already fork over to maintain the prisons. Yes, let's add more to the problem.

Neal Werner
Neal Werner

Bull. I bet most of those people were wearing shoes. Why not blame shoes?

Garrett Hackett
Garrett Hackett

The fact the drug is involved in the crash is pure cause.

Neal Werner
Neal Werner

500k people moved here just for pot? I think not.

Rachel Ingalls
Rachel Ingalls

Well if it's not the lot then what is your theory. I've lived there my whole life. It's not like employment is off the charts and the mountains are a new concept. My dad is a native. Please explain to him your theories.

Garrett Hackett
Garrett Hackett

Exactly, but it's a crash. Not an accident. Anytime a fatal or injury is involved in a vehicle crash, blood is taken. And again, unfortunately the majority of deaths or serious bodily injury involved cannabis and other drug categories. If you want to get high, do it at home where your actions don't affect innocent others.

April Marie
April Marie

500,000 people with nothing but congestion, raise in rent, money not going yo schools like they promised. Nothing good

Neal Werner
Neal Werner

I live here too. What's the problem?

Amanda Sobkowicz
Amanda Sobkowicz

Well put Monica. I could care less if people smoke but don't need it being blown in my face either

Amanda Sobkowicz
Amanda Sobkowicz

A lot because of pot. People are flooding this state and for all the wrong reasons.

Amanda Sobkowicz
Amanda Sobkowicz

You are completely right. All because of pot? It's absolutely ridiculous how the cost of living has gone up since its become legal, ya it brings in revenue but how does that benefit us?

Amanda Sobkowicz
Amanda Sobkowicz

I think it's more of a fad than anything sadly. But I agree with you 100% I could care less if people smoke pot just don't like it being blown in my face.