Almost as if on cue… as November rolls around in any election year, the political chickens run around and start clucking that the “sky will assuredly fall” should marijuana ever be legalized for recreational use. As Colorado’s amendment 64 approaches the finish line; Election Day is November 6. Gov. John Hickenlooper has made his position clear; he will be opposing Colorado’s amendment 64, which seeks to make recreational marijuana usage, no more of an offense than buying a bottle of wine at your local liquor store.
The governors “rationale” for rejecting the majority of pleas from his constituents, asking that the state create laws which would treat recreational marijuana consumption, similar to that of alcohol, are as old and stale as the federal laws that prohibit marijuana.
“Amendment 64 has the potential to increase the number of children using drugs and would detract from efforts to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation. It sends the wrong message to kids that drugs are OK.” Source
As the campaign to ‘Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol’s’ co-director weighed in on the topic today, he had some poignant facts that he felt were important for the public to know about the governor of Colorado. Mason Tvert was quite clear that the governors announcement opposing marijuana on the grounds of “… Sending the wrong message to the kids,” was one of the more duplicitous declarations in the history of politics. Gov. Hickenlooper has amassed his own personal fortune by peddling the most vicious of drugs our society has, alcohol, to Coloradans his entire life. Now that it’s politically expedient and financially beneficial he is opposing amendment 64 on the basis of some ill placed health concern of the state of Colorado. Has anyone bothered to inform him that alcohol is one of the leading killers of Americans? Conversely, last time I checked marijuana has killed exactly 0 people.
Not that any rational thinking person wants to engage in this kind of nonsensical debate. But when one investigates the Governors proclamation, that Colorado’s amendment 64 might “potentially increase the number of children using drugs,” it’s found to be dubious at best and malicious at its worst. While there is plenty of evidence supporting the “fact” that marijuana usage amongst Colorado teens has plummeted, while in other states, where marijuana is only available on the black market, its usage amongst that demographic has skyrocketed. As has been shown by none other than the Center for disease control and prevention (source), the decline in marijuana consumption by Colorado teens can be directly correlated with the cultivation of the medical marijuana industry in Colorado during that time period.
Should Colorado voters pass amendment 64 – on November 6, 2012 – their state would soon be the beneficiary of one of the more recessionary proof economic bases in the nation. Colorado’s recreational marijuana legalization could easily generate hundreds of new jobs throughout the state. The tax revenue generated by amendment 64 would easily put millions of dollars in the public coffers which could potentially help with the construction of new schools for Colorado’s kids. With an approximately $60 million in combined revenue and savings… and black market marijuana off the streets, amendment 64 sounds like a win-win for Colorado’s voters.