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Pot Legalization Will Greatly Change Colorado Cities

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richheap
richheap  
1/9/2014 4:06:47 AM
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Re: Legal Pot Success?
Good point, and I don't know how you define success. Perhaps lower crime rates, improved quality of life, increased tourism etc.

I find it interesting how these policies sit alongside what is happening in Amsterdam, where the city is trying to move away from the marijuana tourism that has helped to cement it's liberal reputation. Perhaps other cities should look at what Amsterdam has done to get a sense of how far is too far.

kq4ym
kq4ym  
1/8/2014 3:58:05 PM
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Legal Pot Success?
I wonder how cities interested in the idea would define success? Looking at Colorado, would greater tax income be a large part of the equation, tourism increases, or even reduced law enforcement costs? 

Until society can agree just what are real benefits and what are illusionary, it's not going to be an easy decision to make for juristictions contemplating relaxing drug laws.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/7/2014 5:34:57 PM
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Re: It's Great Progress But Don't Stop Here
Ha, well said, Daved. We too abided by the no-swearing-at-home rule -- which has made it awkward when rare slipups have occurred in adulthood. (And I don't mean their slipups, sadly.)

 

..."Watch your language!" :/

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
1/7/2014 5:26:51 PM
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Re: It's Great Progress But Don't Stop Here
@Mary,

Thank you, I'm not saying i'm the best dad in the world but i try my best to set a good example for my kids (espeically the youngest one as the two older ones dont live with us all year round). I try not to swear in front of them and I dont drink in front of them. Drinking is over rated anyway and expensive...i can use the money to buy me some new toys er...my son some new toys

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/7/2014 4:24:50 PM
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Re: It's Great Progress But Don't Stop Here
Haha, @Daved. Yes, I think you're right. Again, though, there are many factors that affect a person's susceptibility to substance abuse. Many times, childhoods are happy, but mysteriously a kid starts to stray. The factors aren't always clear. It's complicated.

That said, it does sound like you have carefully considered the effects of your behavior on your kids. Back in the day, that concept wasn't always followed. Do as I say, not as I do was common.

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
1/7/2014 3:13:27 PM
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Re: It's Great Progress But Don't Stop Here
My wife and I drink, but not in front of our children. We have alcohol in the house but its put away out of sight. When the kids are not home or they are asleep we may drink, but that is far and few between.

Monkey see, Monkey do!!!

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/7/2014 1:01:46 PM
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Re: Legal Pot
Sounds like you had very sensible guidance, @Rich. Sadly, kids sometimes choose to drink and drug even when they have good guidance. Schools have been inundated with drinking/drugging/smoking warnings, and it hasn't stopped abuse. Indeed, there's an epidemic of heroin abuse among well to do young people in the northeastern US.

 

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/7/2014 12:54:41 PM
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Re: It's Great Progress But Don't Stop Here
That's for sure, Hazel. A lot of factors contribute to substance abuse, but fixing it does not come from prohibiting its sale or condoning its use.

richheap
richheap  
1/7/2014 12:43:07 PM
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Re: Legal Pot
I can't remember when I started drinking but it was pretty late by British standards. I don't think I was drunk before I was 17 as, although I did go and socialise with friends, I always a long journey to get back to my corner of southwest London and didn't want to make the trip drunk. I do drink alcohol now but not excessively and not every day. I've never been taught not to drink -- my Dad worked in a brewery so good luck with that -- but I was taught the importance of planning ahead and making sure I get information to appraise risks fairly. I've found this useful in my dealings with drink and drugs.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/7/2014 12:38:48 PM
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Re: Legal Pot
"Although I am not very convinced that this will work out well."

Why not, Hazel? What are your concerns?

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