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Completely unpredictable!  Crime skyrockets in marijuana-legal states June 1, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, It's all about the $$$, sadness, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society.
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And not only that, it seems that contrary to all the legalization advocates promised, the black market for marijuana has not been eliminated by legalization, it has grown.  The main thing is that crime of all types has exploded in Colorado since marijuana was legalized a few years ago.  There is also evidence of increased crime in Washington state.  Even more, marijuana-related car accidents and related deaths have also dramatically increased.

According to the latest reports coming out of Colorado, marijuana is a major cause of homicides in the state, and the problem is only getting worse.

Regular readers will know that Colorado has seen a massive increase in crime since it legalized pot.  The numbers just keep getting worse.  Over the first four months of 2016, total crime in Denver is up 10% over the same period from 2015.  This rate of increase is five times the population growth rate and adds to equally large increases in 2015 and 2014, as well as the period in 2013, after which the state government signaled marijuana legalization was forthcoming.

The cops in Colorado knew this would happen.  They predicted it, and it has come to fruition.

Now a prosecutor in the state has gone on the record with his concerns.  Arapahoe County district attorney George Brauchler provides some disturbing statistics: 10 of the last 15 murders in his jurisdiction were connected to marijuana.

……… This all wasn’t supposed to happen.  The pot legalization advocates told us that legalized marijuana would reduce crime and effectively eliminate the black market.  Now we have experienced and respected prosecutors saying they are seeing, firsthand, the exact opposite…….

….. A report by the AAA Foundation released Tuesday found that traffic fatalities involving drivers in Washington where marijuana was involved had doubled between 2013 and 2014. Marijuana became legal in the state in 2012.

Which only makes sense, and demonstrates the difference between marijuana and other drugs and alcohol.  One can have a single drink, possibly two, and experience only slight, if any, impairment.  And millions of people do just that every day.  But how many people can take just one drag off a joint?  And if it’s really powerful stuff even that one hit can leave one severely inebriated and completely unable to safely operate a motor vehicle.  Mexican skunkweed may not do that to an experience smoker, but there are many varieties that will.

Another important point is that marijuana is, contra the claims of legalization advocates, just as addictive as alcohol and many other drugs.  Actual physical dependence may be slight, but for the addictive personality, the drug poses as great a threat as Xanax or cocaine.  There is a member of my wife’s family that has struggled with marijuana addiction.  It is doubly difficult to overcome because such addicts will have numerous people telling them it’s impossible to be addicted to pot and that those who are concerned about them are just bothersome busybodies.  Nothing could be further from the truth, this individual was well and truly hooked on pot, and his only safe course from this point forward is total abstinence from all intoxicating substances.

Once an addict goes into active addiction, that’s it.  That gene or part of their personality is turned on, and it can never be turned off.  They can never be safe with any drug for the rest of their lives.  And addicts can get hooked on anything.  I know addicts who were hooked on Robitussin.  People get hooked on Benadryl, they get hooked on muscle relaxants that aren’t supposed to be addictive…..you get the idea.  The idea that only a “hard” addictive drug like cocaine or heroin or whatever is really addictive is BS.  If an addict likes the effect some drug gives, they can get hooked on it.  And that certainly applies to marijuana.  I know from people who live in Colorado that there are now a whole bunch of people there who have gotten hooked on the drug because it is so widely available.  Each one of these souls is a tragedy, one that may well not have happened absent legalization.

And I say all the above as someone who has serious reservations with the current “War on Drugs” and the negative effect it has had on individual liberty and the undermining of a nominally free society.  Knowing the human toll that addiction takes – and I am truly one of the blessed ones – I simply cannot support legalization, because I know it will lead to a huge increase in the number of addicts.

Comments

1. Baseballmom - June 1, 2016

Sobriety is clearly One Day at a Time…. Sometimes one hour or one minute… So tough when addicts are lied to.

2. Angelic Doctor Games - June 1, 2016

Alcoholism used to be a serious issue as well following the end of prohibition much so that even in Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s time on TV he was still warning against it’s excesses. Nowadays, alcoholism, while still an issue for some, appears to have dropped on the list of troublesome drug-related issues in the Union. Or, at least I don’t read or hear much on it any more.

I expected that the use of marijuana would see a sharp increase following its legalization in the states where that has occurred. For me, it is still a ‘wait-and-see’ matter much like open carry in Texas is. Fortunately, Texans seem more level headed and mature. Warned we too were on the outrageous Pandora’s Box we were opening by allowing open carry in this state. Thus far, the silence has been more deafening than a .50 Desert Eagle at the range.

Tantumblogo - June 1, 2016

I would tend to agree, if I did not know specific people who have fallen into addiction, or had it grow far worse, because of marijuana legalization in CO. My experience as an addict makes me more friendly to prohibition because I know precisely the havoc the easy availability of drugs causes. But I also know the downside of prohibition. So on a matter like pain meds for those with debilitating illnesses, with the FDA making Hydrodocone and other similar drugs Schedule II or higher and really restricting it’s use, I see both the potential upside – making the drugs harder to acquire, but also the downside, people with serious chronic pain will face an even greater challenge to having their pain treated, over and above the serious challenges they already face.

I think we do need to be careful to not adopt the attitude that virtually anything any government official says on a subject must be treated with the greatest skepticism. There is reason to doubt at times, certainly, but there is also an insinuation made at an awful lot of people, some of whom may be very good, if we constantly assume some ulterior motive simply because they hold some government function. I know a number of very good people who work for the government in administrative or political capacities, and it would be a failure of charity and justice to lump them in with the bad ones. I get what you’re saying, but sometimes we can let our ideologies carry us a bit far, said I, with heaping irony.

Figured this one would cause some umbrage.

3. Maggie - June 1, 2016

It was sheer stupidity to legalize pot. Colorado has literally gone to pot. There are other immoral things legal too. The homeless population has exploded and, thanks to the ACLU, panhandling is legal and you have the homeless flying signs all over the place. Golly, I wonder what they use the money for. Young people flying signs with their lives in the toilet. They sleep around the churches and beg there: they don’t like to be in the shelters some whine.

A friend moved to Denver from Indiana (looking to return) and the cost of car insurance went up drastically. Not only are the roads in Denver packed with accidents every day, but who knows how many are driving high. And there are loads of pot shops everywhere.

Encouraging this drug use was a crime and now what Denver especially has is terrible crime and now murders, thefts, and more. Lots of the areas of Denver are a pit now.

4. TF - June 1, 2016

I have grave doubts about any argument relying on statistics as the main source of evidence, which the writer of the source article does. He also quotes those that profit the most from the “War on Drugs”: prosecutors and police chiefs. He could be right, but he certainly doesn’t make a good case.

5. Tim - June 1, 2016

Despite the “sedevacantisms” in this article by Tom Drolesky, it is a very good read on marijuana use. Just skip over the quotation marks around the words pope, cardianl, bishop & priest.

http://www.christorchaos.com/UpInSmoke.htm

6. Jeff C. - June 1, 2016

Another point I’d like to make is that the bad effects of dope don’t stop at the Colorado border. I live in Nebraska and now we get to put up with the increased problems and added expenses to our law enforcement caused by Colorado’s idiocy. Of course, they don’t feel any obligation to help out either. I’m sure the other surrounding states have noticed a similar increase in problems.

Tantumblogo - June 2, 2016

Yes, Utah has reported same.


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