John Hickenlooper, the governor of Colorado, told CNN that he does not rule out marijuana again because the crime rate in the state has been rising since the legalization of drug use in the country in 2014.
So far, there have been no studies that have raised the crime rate with Colorado’s casual pot.
“Trust me, if the data comes back, we see the violent crime peak. We see the peak of the overall crime.
There will be many people looking for that bottle and figuring out how we can get the devil back,” he said. . “It seems unlikely, but I don’t rule it out.”
Hickenlooper disapproved of legalizing marijuana, but when the composition clearly stated them, he agreed.
Since 2013, with the decline of the national average, the crime rate in Denver has increased. In 2016, the crime rate rose by 4% and violent crimes rose by 9%. Denver police said they don’t think this can be attributed to marijuana.
Of course, the country also sees benefits. In the 2016-2017 fiscal year, Colorado received $105 million in taxes from cannabis sales.
The money was used to formulate housing plans, help mental health plans in prisons, and contribute to the health plans of local middle schools.
The legalization of Colorado has also triggered a nationwide reflection on marijuana. Many states have followed suit since their landmark actions.
Today, recreational marijuana is legal in nine states, and medical marijuana is legal in 29 states. According to reports from Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics, legitimate cannabis sales in North America reached $9.7 billion in 2017. This is a 33% increase over 2016.
A poll conducted recently by the Pew Research Center found that 61% of Americans believe that marijuana should be legalized throughout the country.
This is the first time that Hickenlooper has admitted that he may consider recriminalization, even if this is a long shot. After the news came out, Senator Chuck Schumer announced his support for the national decriminalization of drugs, and former House Speaker John Boehner has changed his position on cannabis.