Drug Warriors Try but Fail to Show That Marijuana Legalization Has Been a Disaster in Colorado

Drug Warriors Try but Fail to Show That Marijuana Legalization Has Been a Disaster in Colorado
Jacob Sullum|Aug. 15, 2014 3:17 pm

A new report from the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA) gathers together all the horrible things that have happened in Colorado since the state began loosening its marijuana laws in 2001. The result falls short of the terrifying effect the authors presumably were hoping to achieve. The introduction presents the report as an objective attempt to “document the impact of the legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use in Colorado,” with an eye toward informing the “ongoing debate in this country concerning the impact of legalizing marijuana.” Given the provenance of the report (a government agency that would not exist without drug prohibition), readers may be skeptical of this just-the-facts pose. It becomes increasingly risible as you wade through the document, which considers only bad effects of legalization, down to the uniformly negative “related material” and “comments” listed at the end of each chapter. Judging from this report, no one in the United States thinks legalization has been anything short of a disaster. Here are some of the more subtle ways in which the RMHIDTA distorts Colorado’s experience:

http://reason.com/blog/2014/08/15/drug-warriors-try-but-fail-to-show-that






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