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EDITORIAL: Federal report shows damning and deadly trends

By: The Gazette Editorial Board
September 15, 2015 Updated: September 17, 2015 at 3:34 pm
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In the last year, problems of public health and safety associated with, and caused by, marijuana use have worsened, according to an annual report issued Tuesday by the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, a federal program charged with providing assistance to federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to becritical drug-trafficking regions of the United States. The Gazette’s Editorial Board has summarized key findings from the report and invites you to review the full document here.

- Preventing marijuana possession or use on federal property.

Further tarnishing glowing reports from several of Colorado’s state and local elected leaders and other public officials is the glaringly obvious omission of meaning-ful cost-benefit analysis.

The State of Colorado has not collaborated with municipalities and counties to calculate fully and report all costs associated with marijuana’s regulation and problems stemming from its use.

Until the State of Colorado, counties and municipalities work together to determine the regulatory and social costs of marijuana relative to tax revenues collected, this report provides the best insight into those costs.

- Preventing the distribution of marijuana to minors
- Preventing the diversion of marijuana from states where it is legal under state law in some form to other states
- Preventing drugged driving and the exacerbation of other adverse public health consequences associated with marijuana use
- Preventing the growing of marijuana on public lands and the attendant public safety and environmental dangers posed by marijuana production on public lands
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