The Experiment

To date, four states in the nation have voted to legalize marijuana for adults 21 and over for recreational purposes. Below is a compilation of stories of issues surrounding this legalization of recreational marijuana.

Deaths/Injuries

  • DUIIs from marijuana see huge increase in first year of legal recreational use – 7/20/16 >>
  • TODAY Show: Edible marijuana that looks like candy is sending kids to the ER – 5/25/16 >>  Watch video >>
  • Driver who smoked marijuana, then blocks later struck and killed pedestrian, gets nearly 4 years – 5/17/16 >>
  • Death of Muslim teen was an accident, not a hate crime, police investigation finds – 5/10/16 >>
  • One in six children hospitalized for lung inflammation positive for marijuana exposure – 4/30/16 >>
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Public Commentary

  • 60% of Americans Support Legalization? Not Even Close – 2/8/17 >>
  • EDITORIAL: Big Marijuana trashes democratic process – 7/8/16 >>
  • The Art of Marketing Marijuana – 04/2016 >>
  • Effort to limit pot’s THC count raises questions – 3/29/16 >>
  • Congress Prevents Pot Industry From Leveraging Banking System to Mass-Market Marijuana; Allows DOJ to Enforce Federal Law with Respect to “Recreational” Marijuana Use – 12/16/15 >>
  • Ohio Torpedoes Marijuana Legalization, Takes Inevitability Myth Down With It – 11/4/15 >>
  • EDITORIAL: Marijuana party embarrasses state – 4/21/15 >>
  • Marijuana Taxes Won’t Save State Budgets – 4/9/15 >>

Social Costs

  • Hiker finds illegal marijuana grow worth $7 million in San Isabel National Forest – 6/30/17  >>
  • Massive marijuana bust dismantles illegal trafficking ring in Denver metro area – 6/29/17  >>
  • Eight of 16 people indicted in Colorado marijuana trafficking operation listed as having state pot licenses – 3/24/17 >>
  • Drug busts underway in Denver metro area are aimed at growers shipping weed out of state – 3/16/17 >>
  • As legal marijuana spreads, worries about teen addiction grow – 3/13/17 >>
  • Black market marijuana business booming in Colorado – 3/3/17 >>
  • Transient suspect of buying marijuana at Aspen shop for teen – 8/17/16 >>
  • Mainstreaming Marijuana: Pot legalization is revealing unintended consequences – 11/14/16 >>
  • Lessons Learned After 4 Years of Marijuana Legalization – 10/16 >>
  • The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact – 9/1/16 >>
  • School funding and marijuana money – 8/23/16 >>
  • Feds eradicate 5-acre illegal marijuana grow west of Colorado Springs, find 18,300 plants – 8/11/16 >>
  • Colorado Youth Marijuana Use: Up – Down – Flat? Examine the Data and You Decide! – 6/2016 >>
  • Denver mayor says violence won’t be tolerated on 16th Street Mall – 6/30/16 >>
  • Teen drug use in Denver metro becoming public problem – 6/6/16 >>