There have been many officials in Colorado finally admitting that legalizing cannabis went much smoother than they had expected, there is still a fair share of prosecutors throughout Colorado that think the legal marijuana industry is the reason why most of the homicides in Colorado happen.

In a meeting with Fox 31 Denver, Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler stated that almost sixty-seven percent of the murders that he has had to work on in the last few years had some type of relation to cannabis. This increase in homicides, he adds, could be led back to enthusiastic drug dealers since legalization has made it much easier for dealers to get their hands on the drug.

“There is increased crime, sometimes violent crime, associated with legalization of marijuana,” said Brauchler. “It is easier for there to be black market in a legalized system than there was before.”

However, Brauchler’s comment on cannabis and homicides goes against what most people are saying, even Governor Hickenlooper’s administration. The administration has outright stated that legalizing has helped the state. Hickenlooper did not always approve of legalization. For instance, when it was first legalized in 2012, he said that it was reckless. However, last week, Hickenlooper admitted that he would not change the decision made in 2012 since “legalization [is] beginning to look like it might work.”

“There have been a lot fewer public safety and health issues than the governor feared in the beginning,” Andrew Freeman, the Director of Marijuana Coordination for the State of Colorado, added. “For the most part, Colorado looks like it did before legalization.”

“Blaming Colorado’s regulated marijuana system for violence stemming from illegal sales is like blaming Colorado’s traffic laws for accidents caused by drivers who run red lights,” Mason Tvert, Director of Communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, concluded. “If Mr. Brauchler is truly concerned about the violence associated with illegal marijuana sales, he should be urging local governments to lift their bans on regulated marijuana businesses.”

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  1. POT we all have heard of it. Most of US have smoke once or a hundred. Its a drug if like it that’s cool. Some folks feel that usage of this drug will lead too a much higher demand for a more controlled drug. That’s not true POT is actually a bless to many of us. We, smoke we laugh, get hungry and have a great time. Our country is going through some of its biggest changes in our History. What these might be we all know what they are. I believe that all states should allow the usage of POT. Its one of most relaxing drugs for me and gives me a wonderful happy feeling. It is not a drug you get hook up on, its a simple drug like having a few drinks without having a drink, sound silly but most of time that is real feeling of POT. You know what I believe our government is the key holder of the usage and sell of POT. They want tax money. Lets for one moment look at smoking not including POT. What does it do for you? It will kill you and make you smell like (###) plus over 300,000 American die each from it. This works both ways, our government gets tons of taxes and the Social Security have to pay out less. Let the POT be and get it legal.

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