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Official: Legal marijuana attracting homeless to Pueblo

By: Peter Roper, The Pueblo Chieftain
January 7, 2014 Updated: January 7, 2014 at 8:01 pm
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photo - Rose Mertz of the Salvation Army shelter in Pueblo. (Courtesy photo to The Pueblo Chieftain)
Rose Mertz of the Salvation Army shelter in Pueblo. (Courtesy photo to The Pueblo Chieftain) 

Homeless and jobless people are coming to Pueblo because they can buy legal marijuana here, some homeless advocates said Monday.

“My instincts tell me that’s what’s going on but I don’t ask that question directly,” said Rose Mertz, envoy in charge at the Salvation Army shelter at 520 W. 13th St. “But why else would someone come here without any job or family connections?”

Ann Stattelman, director of Posada emergency services, said some new arrivals acknowledge they’ve come here for legal marijuana. Her staff put the figure at between 50 and 75 people in the past few months.

“In some cases, they’ve even left jobs and housing behind to come to Colorado,” said a Posada outreach worker.

Read more here.

Homeless and jobless people are coming to Pueblo because they can buy legal marijuana here, some homeless advocates said Monday. - See more at: http://www.chieftain.com/special/marijuana/2168858-120/marijuana-chieftain-homeless-mertz#sthash.v8GOIzsI.dpuf
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