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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Legalize pot -- watch drug overdoses rise

Legalization of pot was supposed to end drug abuse in Colorado.

That was a lie.

From Channel 9 in Denver:
The city’s main library has become a centralized hub for crime and drug abuse, resulting in significant spikes in emergency calls for overdoses, fights and sexual assaults, a 9Wants to Know investigation found.
A review of city records revealed that in the first four months of this year, emergency dispatchers received 44 calls for overdoses at the Denver Public Library’s central branch, located at 10 W. 14th Ave. There were no such calls in that category during the same time frame last year.
9Wants to Know recorded this individual dealing drugs – what he said was methamphetamine – in the library.   
Calls about fights and assaults were 350 percent over this same time last year, and 911 calls about trespassing or “unwanted persons” increased 783 percent. Overall, 911 operators have received more than twice as many calls through April 2017 as they did during the same period in 2016.
“It’s a real shame and an embarrassment for the city, really,” said city councilman Wayne New. He represents District 10, which includes the Denver Public Library.
Reporter Jeremy Jojola spent three days undercover at the library where he used a camera to document people injecting heroin and conducting drug deals in and around the library.
My guess is the pot laws attract vagabonds and vagrants to the state. That is what is happening elsewhere in the state:
Legalized marijuana turns Colorado resort town into homeless magnet
I do know, legalization didn't work.

We banned pot for a reason. To protect society. Liberals pushed pot for a reason, too. To destroy society.

Yes, Reefer Madness was over the top. But tell me the destruction of our libraries by the invasion of the homeless isn't worse.

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  1. Meth and Heroin are not Pot.

    1. Yeah Lynn, gotta disagree with Big D on this one. I know there are all sorts of studies, wildly different, about whether or not the herb is a Gateway Drug. My personal experience points to no. Guys who wanted to chill smoked up. Meth and horse never entered the picture.

    2. In the mid/late 60's we had to smoke almost a full bag of pot...and, it made us stupid.

      By the time I was in graduate school the genetics had progressed considerably with regard to delta 9 THC other good terpines that whack the crap out of CB1 receptors, and it made you stupid with less mass.

      About 10 years ago, I talked my son into getting me some to evaluate it in terms of my neuropathy. It still made me stupid and did absolutely nothing for the neuropathy.

      There's a moral to the story here somewhere.

      Mostly, from what I can see, it relates to the tax revenue that the states haul in.

  2. I used to work as a library assistant, and gave up on when I realized I was a glorified babysitter. Kids who didn't have the internet at home would spend hours after school in our facilities, and same with the homeless. People who actually wanted to look for books or do research became a tiny minority of our patrons. That was almost 20 years ago, and I haven't seen the situation improve.

  3. Hell, yeah, if I did drugs I'd do them in the library. Quiet, comfortable chairs. Warm in winter, cool in summer. Why would I be slumped in some doorway in the 'hood when taxpayer-provided accommodations are available?

  4. Libraries are going the way of the telegraph. The only time I've been in a library in the last 15 years has been to get internet access. In our nation's capital the MLK library is a homeless warming center during the winter months.

  5. The local library in my college town is one of those places you never send a kid to go to the bathroom by himself. And never look at a computer screen.

  6. A kid just died from taking too much caffeine.
    Any weed overdoses involve death or just munchies?

    1. There was a case here in CO where a man ate some Pot candy and went berserk and killed his wife. I think that he had problems to begin with. He is in jail. Only one I remember, so far.

  7. I'm friends with a pastor who is working with a foundation in my city that is focused on the heroin problem (we live on along I-75, known as the heroin highway). They carefully study every addict they bring into their recovery system. Wanna guess what all the addicts have in common? Pot.

    Not all started with alcohol, but every last one did say weed was their first (or second, if they started with booze) drug.

    If you think pot isn't a gateway drug, you must be smoking something.

  8. And by the way, all Colorado had to do is look at Amsterdam to see what legalization of any drug brings to a community. What a bunch of morons. They are getting what they voted for. No pity.

    1. The problem in Amsterdam isn't weed - it's immigration from Islamic countries.

  9. Progressives seem to want everyone else to become progressively stupider.

  10. Homelessness, and the drug problems that go along with it, is increasing across the US, including in states that have strict laws against marijuana, like Louisiana and Texas. Heroin and meth aren't being legalized anywhere, and those substances are the real issue.

  11. For what it is worth, several yrs ago we were in Australia and met with a woman that was undercover narc for a good many yrs. She said Pot was not a gateway drug.

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  16. Being a native Coloradan since the mid 1950s, I can attest to the moral collapse of Denver. Since they've become Portland of the West (no, OR doesn't classify as a western state, they're a coastal state) with a Democrat-based political system, they've systematically ruined much of what was once a great city and, in the process, created many problems for the rest of the state.

    However, legalizing pot was not the cause of the issues Don brings up here. In fact, when the votes were in, much of the state voted in favor of the amendment. And cities, of which there are many--if not most, have the ability to deny pot licenses within their boundaries. This is a Denver issue of pampering heroin and meth addicts, making public spaces inviting for poor behavior without risk of consequences, and caring more for the 'rights' of the anti-social among us rather than the taxpayers and citizens that reside or visit the city.

    Trying to tie the issue of legal pot to meth and heroin is much like the early 1930s effort by the Hearst newspaper syndicate (yes, fake news in the early 20th century was as common as today) tying 'lazy Mexican criminals and farm hands to pot. Not going to work in this day of the internet, Don.

  17. Legalizing drugs, as in removing specific substances from being controlled by law, other than, perhaps, regulations akin to alcoholic beverages, is not about protecting people from the use, misuse, abuse or effects of said substances upon the individual choosing to use them.

    This is about removing the criminality of the making, selling, buying and using of same, which is the base cause of the violence routinely practiced by those engaged in the lucrative business of satisfying the demand.

    All current constitutional laws addressing the aggravating factor of being 'under the influence of' during violations of natural laws prohibiting causing harm to another, not in defense of violent aggression, can apply to practically all of those substances currently declared to be necessary to control.

    For unknown centuries mankind has chosen, one individual to the next, to experience life in the flesh as each, in any given moment, so decides.

    The fear of the great unknown, aka DEATH, is one inducement for some to seek a blanket, governing protection from one's own moment to moment, circumstantial choices.

    The fear of a loved one committing a fatal error in choosing is another inducement to seek this blanket, illusionary though it be, protection.

    Better to know what you're contemplating experiencing than to be seduced by the false impression that some substance will be 'fun' to try, said impression being from the seductive quality of the proverbial 'forbidden fruit' status currently imposed upon a variety of experiences.