The Bottom Line on Legalized Marijuana
Friday, July 22, 2011 10:46 AM

There are a lot of states out there today that have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes. I believe nine states have officially gone down this rocky path. The specific state I would like to focus on is Colorado, who is seemingly having some drug difficulties right now.

According to the Denver Post:

Colorado's rates of marijuana and cocaine use, alcohol consumption, and binge drinking are far higher than the national average and among the highest states in the nation, according to a federal survey.

But, I thought the argument for legalizing marijuana was that it would reduce the number of users, isn't that what they tell you?

The number of young adults who said they had used marijuana in the past year was 38.5 percent in the Colorado survey, compared with a national average of 29.1 percent.

But, but, but, marijuana is not a gateway drug or anything like that, right?

The report says overall illicit drug use in the U.S. rose to 8.4 percent of the population ages 12 and over, from 8 percent in the previous survey. (Illicit drugs included marijuana, cocaine, painkillers used outside a prescription and other substances.) Reports ranged from a low of 5.3 percent in Iowa to 13.5 percent in Alaska. Colorado's rate was 11.3 percent.

Nearly half of Coloradans ages 18 to 25 reported binge drinking in the past month, at 47.5 percent of the population, compared with 41.4 percent nationwide. Smith said it's more than a college-age problem — Colorado also has high rates of Latino binge drinking, and state officials think they are making progress with targeted programs.

Hmmm….what could the problem be? Could it be that there are more medical marijuana dispensaries than Starbucks in Denver? There are over 300 locations where patients can buy medical marijuana, which is just a portion of the vendors that service the 125,000 Colorado residents who have a prescription.

The Bottom Line is this: All of the arguments they made FOR legalization are now backfiring against them. And for the 125,000 already with a prescription, what did you do before legalization? Marijuana isn't just a magical cure all, and we as a country were able to cure symptoms and diseases before legal marijuana.

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