Pubdate: Mon, 29 Jun 2015
Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI)
Copyright: 2015 Star Advertiser
Author: Michael J. Golojuch Jr.


Bill Funk and Rep. Marcus Oshiro have not been paying attention to 
actual data coming out of Colorado ("More pot means more problems," 
Star-Advertiser, Letters, June 17; "For-profit marijuana will be 
dangerous," Star-Advertiser, Island Voices, June 14).

Since legalizing marijuana, Colorado has seen an 8.9 percent drop in 
property crime and an increase of $40.9 million into the state's 
coffers. It also is not wasting taxpayer dollars on adjudicating 
marijuana offenses, at a cost of $300 per case, so that is saving the 
state money.

Crime is down, state revenue is up and its judicial system is freed 
up to deal with real criminals - sounds like a dream come true.

Oh, and yes, Colorado's gross domestic product has increased since 
the state added a new product to the marketplace, which is Economics 101.

Unfortunately we are not talking about legalization here in Hawaii; 
we are only talking about getting proven medicine into the hands of 
our longtime suffering friends and neighbors.

Hopefully next session our legislators will see the light.

Michael J. Golojuch Jr.

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