Recreational marijuana use causing crime increase in Colorado: El Paso County DA

Recreational marijuana use causing crime increase in Colorado: El Paso County DA


PASO COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY. SO IS WOULD YOU LIST — SO WOULD YOU LIST WHAT’S THE PROBLEM THAT YOU HAVE WITH LEGALIZED IF YOU WANT TO LOOK BEHIND ME, IT’S SORT OF WHAT AREA DO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT, OUR CRIME INCREASE, OUR BLACK MARKET, WHAT IT’S DOING TO OUR KIDS, WHAT IT’S DOING TO OUR ENVIRONMENT. LET’S DEAL WITH THIS ONE AT A TIME. YOU SAY THERE’S A CRIME INCREASE. WHAT KIND OF CRIME DO YOU LINK DIRECTLY TO RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA?>>I CAN’T TELL YOU WHY, BUT THE BLACK MARKET IS GREATER TODAY THAN IT’S EVER BEEN IN THE HISTORY OF COLORADO. CUBAN, MEXICAN, YOU NAME THE SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRY, YOU NAME THE ASIAN COUNTRY, CHINA, THEY ARE HERE. WE HAVE GROWS THAT RANGE BETWEEN 2500 AND 22,000 PLANTS. MY FAVORITE LAST YEAR IS WHEN THEY FOUND AN ISLAND ON THE COLORADO RIVER, 9200 PLANTS, ILLEGAL OPERATION. STUART: BUT IF YOU MADE IT ILLEGAL ALL OVER AGAIN UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, WELL, NOTHING CHANGES, DOES IT? YOU’VE STILL GOT THE CARTELS, YOU’VE STILL GOT A BLACK MARKET.>>NO, WE’VE HAD A HUGE INCREASE SINCE — WHEN IT WAS ILLEGAL, WE DENVER ITSELF, MITCH MORRIS WHO WAS THE D.A. UP UNTIL LAST YEAR, SAID THEY HAD A 900% INCREASE IN ILLEGAL GROWTH. THEY’VE HAD A 99% INCREASE IN ILLEGAL DISTRIBUTION. STUART: BUT THAT IS EXPLAINABLE IN THAT IF YOU’RE A STATE THAT LEGALIZED IT AND YOU’RE SURROUNDED BY STATES WHERE IT’S NOT LEGAL, YOU’VE GOT TO UNDERSTAND PEOPLE COMING INTO THE STATE. I MEAN, I DON’T SEE HOW IT WOULD CHANGE THAT MUCH IF YOU SUDDENLY REVERSE COURSE. BUT ANYWAY, HOW ABOUT OTHER FORMS OF CRIME? YOU SAY THAT OTHER CRIME HAS SPIKED. LIKE WHAT?>>WELL, WE’VE CERTAINLY SEEN, IF YOU HAVE SEEN OUR ARTICLES ON VEHICULAR HOMICIDES OR AUTO ACCIDENTS, AT THE SAME TIME, I’VE GOT TO TELL YOU AYE BEEN YEARS. WHEN I FIRST GOT ELECTED, I WAS SHOCKED AT THE NUMBER OF MARIJUANA MURDER CASES WE HAVE. LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME I HAD FIVE SEPARATE MURDER CASES IN MY COURT — STUART: HOLD ON A SECOND. I DON’T MEAN TO INTERRUPT YOU, AND I’M SORRY, I DON’T WANT TO BE RUDE. BUT YOU SAY MARIJUANA MURDER GET STONED ON MARIJUANA AND GO OUT AND MURDER SOMEBODY? OR ARE YOU TELLING ME THAT THEY IT’S THE LATTER. STUART: WELL, THEN THAT’S NOT THE NATURE OF THE DRUG, IS IT? I MEAN, HOW MANY TIMES DO WE SIX GUYS COMING TOWARD YOU, THEY’RE DRUNK, YOU CROSS THE STREET. YOU’RE WALKING DOWN THE STREET, MARIJUANA. THEY’RE KILLING EACH OTHER OVER THREE OUNCES OF MARIJUANA, IN GROW OPERATIONS. BOULDER COUNTY JUST HAD A TRIPLE HOMICIDE IN A GROW OPERATION. WE DIDN’T HAVE THESE THINGS IN BEFORE. THEY’RE BOTH LEGAL AND BLACK YOU’RE ASKING ME WHERE THE INCREASE IS, THAT’S AN ABSOLUTE INCREASE. HUGE BLACK MARKET. I’M HOPING WITH CALIFORNIA OPENING, THEY’RE GOING TO MOVE OUT THERE. I’M HOPING THAT OUR HOMELESS THAT HAVE GONE UP 50% IN 2014, 50% IN 2015, 50% IN 2016 GO TO CALIFORNIA. STUART: OKAY.>>BUT I DON’T KNOW THAT THAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN, AND MY POLICE DON’T REPORT THAT IT’S HAPPENED SO FAR. THE LAST HOMICIDE OF 2017 IN MY JURISDICTION WAS, AGAIN, OVER WAX. A $65 SALE OF WAX WHICH IS A MARIJUANA PRODUCT. STUART: I’M SORRY, I’M OUT OF TIME, DAN.>>OH, YOU BET. STUART: IT’S INTERESTING. IT’S AN INTERESTING –>>I DO WANT TO THROW OUT ONE KIDS. EVERY HOSPITAL HAS NOTED THAT BABIES ARE BORN WITH A HIGHER INCIDENCE OF THC IN THEIR SYSTEM. THAT’S SOMETHING PEOPLE AREN’T LOOKING AT. STUART: THAT’S UNDERSTANDABLE,

100 thoughts on “Recreational marijuana use causing crime increase in Colorado: El Paso County DA”

  • ”Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself”
    Jimmy Carter

  • Fox news now this is fake news! This guy is lying through his teeth. Colorado is doing just great and so is Cali! This man is most likely on Sessions pay roll. Private prisons and more people of color going to jail. People that are high don't kill they are happy and maybe they are taking over the line in Burger King but with other drugs now they kill over drugs and also you die doing them. Shut up Mr. District Attorney. Are you in the pocket of big pharma, private prisons, what?

  • Fox News Alert: This is what happens when you vote in ideologues, I know this must be new and exciting news for some of you. (This guy is doing a serious news story about weed causing people to commit murder.)

  • Lol this is hilarious! Who believes this?! Honestly you're talking about a guy who is losing cases. Think about this. DAs DEA regular cops all of these people have a high incentive for weed to be illegal. These people lose work are forced to shrink their budgets. Car accidents have gone up have they? Let's say that's true.. Who's to say that has anything at all to do with weed? Let's say more people in these accidents have weed in their system…. Weed stays in your system for 30 days if you smoked a joint 20 days ago and end up in an accident that has nothing to do with weed because you haven't been stoned off that thc in your system for 20 god damn days. All the numbers show the number of young people smoking weed has gone down in states where weed is legal. This guy wants to talk cartels. Good I've read many of articals and seen interviews with former cartel growers. Most of whom gave up on growing wed after the first state made weed legal because it brought the price on the black market way way down. Farmers used to get 3 to 400 bucks a pound. They're now lucky to get 100 bucks a pound and even that is highly unlikely. Cartels used to make around 2 billion some odd dollars a year on weed alone. 2 billion dollars to go towards buying guns and investing in making actually dangerous drugs like meth and heroin… With every state that makes weed legal the amount of money cartels make on weed goes way down. If you believe people working in the "criminal justice" system when they tell you things have gotten worse you're a fool. That's like believing child rapist when they tell you kids have gotten less safe since all the child abusers have been locked up.

  • Crime increase lol when it really is just non-complaint regulations being met. AS long as it it's non-violent crime, i dont care. And no one is fighting over 3 ounces of weed lol….like grow up

  • This guy is full of shit! He is just an anti cannabis dickweed! He has no idea what he is talking about! Typical clueless dumbass! Fuck off Dan May!

  • Billy O'really says:

    The best thing about this is the guy from Fox News is calling bull shit. When someone from Fox News calls bull shit on how terrible legalized marijuana is, it's officially time to legalize it federally.

  • El paso county politicisns are hardcore proabitionist the sherrif in colorado springs. now blames all murders on marijuana. They use all the same stupid shit for statistics. They are using same standard as opiods. if marijuana is in your system then it was the marijuanas fault as always in this country blame inanimate objects to advance their agenda. They want to talk about law breaking when as always they are biggest offenders. 1. State constituion grants every person over 21 to grow six plants.but el paso like many others now say only 12 plants per property so if you are a 3rd adult on a property your constitutional rights are revoked.
    2. This is happening mostly in places that vote against putting up stores so people have no where to buy it. They do this to boost statistics. Even though its legal there is no where to buy unless you want to go on long drive. ( el paso county wont allow stores but tried to make claims to other countys tax revenue from recreational marijuana, hypocrites)
    3. The law says you can give an up to an ounce of weed to another adult. But people are being arrested for this.
    4. They are also with zoning laws putting all caregivers(a caregiver is someone who grows marijuana for people unable to grow it or buy from store themselves) out of buissnes unconstitutinaly again in order to boost tax revenue.
    5. A proposition to take away medical marijuana was proposed so they could collect high tax revenue on recreatinal marijuana.
    6. Sherrif was a drug warrior for 14 years so no truth will be comming out about crime and marijuana or any drug for that matter.
    7. The illegal grows are around but any big ones are taken down fast. They are getting most of these statistics from people growing for themselves. They are now also restricting medical marijuana patients from growing whats nesessary for them as the oils are the best medicine and healthier to use. Eating it is when it works best as medicine. They are constsantly complining about this.
    8. Everyone know marijuana can not kill you. They put adds in news papers telling people to go to. Hospital if they have injested marijuana. So some one tries canabis has some anxiety and go to hospitl for it. This was non issue when illegal becaus no one was dealing with politicsl garbge till it became legal.
    9. The police are turning against the people tht pay them and are calling in dea for cannabis because local jurys are not going along with the courts and are not convicting people. So they call in the feds to get you into federal court where you get tried not by you peers but by people who dont live in your state or know or care about them. Convitions are way easier in a federal court.
    10. The law states that cannabis can be used on any private property. El Paso county again breaks constitution by not allowing people to open buissesses where prople can smoke. As it is private property owned by a citizen.
    11. Every single newspaper and news reports on tv are running disinformtion on marijuana laws as most people dont read the law so they just go along with it and they know this.
    12. Last year they tried to scare everyone by saying marijuana was put in the drinking water. Supposidly a doctor tested his tap water for marijuana with a urine tester said it came up positive. So i wrote to news and told them about marijuna testing and how the test doesnt check for active thc but the by product after it has been consumed and that someone who smoked marijuana pissed in their well. They hut down story right away and said it was a mistake.
    Sheenbsgins are going on as always with people.
    DUE TO CURRENT DRUG LAWS AND WEATHER YOU USE THEM OR NOT HAS PROCLAIMED THAT YOU ARE OWNED BY YOUR US GOVERNMENT. WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DO SOMTHING TO SOMEONE ELSES PROPERTY YOU WILL BR CHARGED WITH A CRIME. PUT SOMTHING IN YOUR BODY THATS NOT APPROVED YOU WILL BE CHARGED WITH A CRIME. SO WHO IS YOUR OWNER, WHOS PROPERTY DID YOU VIOLATE WHEN YOU TOOK UNAPPROVED SUBSTANCE. EVEN IF YOU DONT TAKE DRUGS YOU ARE OWNED YOU JUST HAPPEN TO NOT DO WHAT IS FORBIDDRN BY THE MASTERS. THIS ALSO HAPPENS WITH HEALTH SUPPLEMENTS.
    IF FEDERAL LAW SUPERCEEDS STATES RIGHTS THEN WE HAVE NO STATES THEY ARE JUST FIR SHOW THEN CAUSE NO STATE LAW MEANS ANYTHING IF THIS IS TRUE BECASE IF THEY WANT THEY WILL JUST SUPERCEED IT. NOBODY IN WASHINGTON HAS YOU TOWNS BEST INTEREST AT HEART.
    If you can be kidnaped and thrown in a cage for doing somthing to yourself you do not own yourself. Selling drugs isnt doing anything to someone else either. That person chose to go buy drugs just like any other commodity and then use them.
    Until we get this fact through our sick skulls and quit blamming objects for all our problems they will never go away. Peoples decisions cause problems not the things they use.
    If we all declare ownership for ourselves only then will america be great again. We are america and we make america great or awful not some guy called president.
    Mabey we have just lost our ability to understsnd reposibility and blaming objects for our problems is all we are capable of doing cause our society is dieing of cancer.

  • the sad truth is my causes many on it to be paranoid. it is also like cigarettes if you smoke it bad for lungs. it is also a brain chemical that later causes dementia. the brain is your best asset of your body people need to watch what they consume even certain medications do damage to brain. take care of your best asset your brain. the brain creates.

  • Most of this is obvious BS that has and will continue to happen regardless of legality.
    But, Id have to assume some of these murders are because people know legal distributors deal in cash. Banks wont allow any business accounts for anything pot related. Don't blame the weed, blame the big cash dealings and the banking rules. Until Feds legalize they are endangering peoples lives by forcing them to use cash for everything. The bad guys know this.

  • Brad Barwick says:

    no problem in Ca, WA, OR. 99 plant limit. That’s the problem. Outlaws can move in, plant and grow with no harassment, and then move it out of state.

  • The war on drugs should be against the fucks in politics talking their shit. Marijuana isnt the cause of anything.

  • I agree though people need to be responsible when using marijuana. I bet its the same people or numbers as befor. Theres always going to be the few who arent responsible for their actions. They are the folks who ate going to ruine it for everybody

  • hmm i dont smoke. five mj .related murders , one year hmm how many alcohol related deaths one year? hmmm? and this guy gets hammered for new years! the only crime related to marijuana is not the high you get but the high price they charge for chemical induced product, selling chit. back in the 60's Hawaiian, Colombian , and chino chit! now dares a buzz and the price was right!

  • Jesse Simmons says:

    Real crime is the self inflicted mass suicide that the government legalized of use of tobacco,alcohol and prescription drugs where weed never killed anyone but wrongly criminalized to keep prisons populated for prison lobbyist to have money come in. Also since there is a cancer killing chemical in weed less people would die and population would increase over time with less deaths.

  • Steven&Jessica Wheat says:

    “You are fake news!”

    This is a joke. The war on drugs is one of the biggest scams in US history. Oh pocketing the wallets of gov officials like this DA and harm citizens. They don’t want you smoking marijuana cause it blocks it the brain from being brainwashed and controlled. I know sounds crazy. Oh and baby’s being born with the in system, give me a break if it wasn’t for morning sickness and cramps then their wouldn’t be a need to smoke. GOD created marijuana and it pisses the US government off because when people us a homeopathic medicine, it takes money away from big pharma and the government.

  • Steven&Jessica Wheat says:

    Do you know why marijuana is called “a gateway drug”? Because they lie about its effects. And when people smoke marijuana and realized that they were lied to, they then wonder if they was lied to about opioids, or cocaine, or meth. Then guess what? Then they hooked and have a problem with a real drug.

  • I never watched a second of this knowing that it is all bs. Many people have tried marijuana, and by this experience they know the truth. Tobacco, Alcohol, and big pharma are the main reasons for this marathon of ignorance. I am over 50, lived in the same town, and have been employed throughout it. At any time marijuana has been available to me if I was interested. No wars, no robberies or spikes in any crime that I can recall, ever. Reefer Madness lives on through the companies that will suffer from legalization.

  • Greg The Super Trucker Vape Guru says:

    Lies all lies this dude is a sheep. Let's hear them lies. Only thing he forgot was this message was paid for by big tobacco and your local pill factory.

  • in volume water is more dangerous than herb fuck off the bs is ending u can fight it all u want u losing the bs war on drugs

  • something about this doesn't jive with reality ..allow the people to grow their own …i hate listening to this bs propaganda

  • CAPTAIN DABBIN says:

    See?!!!! They always run round in circles when you ask them to directly tell how recreational cannabis is the blame!!

  • CAPTAIN DABBIN says:

    Ok now let’s ask how many cases of births with alcohol or cigarettes in their systems?? Or better still how many people smoke cigarettes or drink while pregnant? The cannabis is for the nausea from morning sickness. Bad? IDK but I wouldn’t do it personally. So that being said there’s a simple solution. Now that these things are legal, have classes about these issues. They can say there’s not enough time to get the data but there’s enough. People have been smoking it forever.

  • The issue is illegal immigration, not Cannabis. Currently, and for the last ten years or more, one hundred thousand illegal aliens cross the border every month. When illegal aliens arrive, they begin having children and immediately receive cash-aid, food-stamps, medical, and college grants. Horribly enough, but true, illegals also use Social Security Numbers that belong to law abiding United States citizens, to collect Social Security benefits and retirement, which has been a thirty year problem.
    Currently there are approximately twenty million illegal aliens in the United States; the majority using false names and false Social Security Numbers. The illegal's born here that you think are legal, they are using the false name given them by their illegal parents that came here using false names and false Social Security Numbers.

  • You know whats the difference between those that smoke weed and those that don't? People that smoke weed could care less about the people that dont…and the worst side affect of all time for smokers? Going to jail because you got caught using a plant by the police or ratted out by people who are good little government brainwashed puppets.Those type of people actually believe that the government doesn't lie and that they have your best interest.LOL!Such bullshit!

  • Christian Fletcher says:

    Before legalization cartels had no reason to go to Colorado, they usually stuck with states bordering Mexico

  • Crime went up because pot dealers aren't bright, they thought coming to Colorado would increase sales. What's funny is oversupply will absolutely destroy the weed market.

  • fuck me. big deal dickhead. ooooh more people growing weed. somebody save us!!
    This blokes biggest problem is someone illegally growing weed which people can then buy legally…

  • Mr. Scoot Scooter says:

    Oh no!

    You mean it grows right from the ground? Like any plant on Earth?

    Then good fucking luck making a seed the sun and water illegal.

  • this guy is so full of shit he must have been sucking out of an elephant rectum what a dick if he wants to bitch about drug use the streets there are covered with syringes crackheads stumbling down the streets everywhere you look if these people got their hands on some weed maybe they might come down for a minute

  • Propaganda that's all I can say. What is all the alcohol drinking doing to your state. Also Mr. May do you consume alcohol I'd bet you do.

  • Cant stand the shit, never liked the smell of it or the attitudes of those who smoke it. It has ruined the state of colorado and ive been here 20 years so i know how much of a increase the crime and transient population is through the roof. This was the biggest mistake ever. Why should people who dont smoke it have to smell it and put up with homeless on every corner downtown.

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