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Legal Pot Burning Through the Future of Colo. Youth?

Seven months after Colorado legalized selling marijuana for recreational use, the money seems to be pouring in. But many people are put off by the negative consequences, especially for the state's youth. Read Transcript


Mark: AS THE SONG GOES,

THEY SAY THE NEON LIGHTS ARE

BRIGHT ON BROADWAY.

CBN NEWS FOUND NEON LIGHTS

IN DENVER, BUT NOT TO

ADVERTISE A SHOW.

INSTEAD, THEY SIGNAL

POTENTIAL COSTUMERS THAT POT

SHOPS ARE OPEN FOR

BUSINESS.

GREEN CROSSES AND MARIJUANA

LEAVES DOT THE LANDSCAPE ON

BROADWAY IN TH THE

MILE-HIGH CITY.

IT IS AN ANTIQUE STORE,

ANOTHER ONE AND THEN A POT

SHOP.

AND THEN ANOTHER ONE FOR

MEDICAL MARIJUANA, AND

ANOTHER ONE FOR A POT SHOP.

THAT'S JUST NOT WHAT OUR

STATE SHOULD BE ABOUT.

Reporter: ONE COLORADO

RESIDENT, RON'S MAIN CONCERN

IS ALL OF THE BUZZ ATTRACTS

THE WRONG PEOPLE AND CAN

LEAD THEM DOWN THE WRONG

TRACK.

NOT ONLY HAVE I HAD THEM

COME TO SCHOOL HIGH, NOW

THAT WE HAVE eCIGARETTES

AND VAPOR PENS, WE'VE PULLED

THEM OUT OF CLASSROOMS.

THE TEACHERS ARE BEING VERY

AWARE OF WHAT IS GOING ON,

THINKING THAT A KIDS

MANNERISMS ARE MORE THAN

JUST CHEWING ON A PEN.

THEY SEE A STUDENT WITH

AN eCIGARETTE, AND A

LITTLE BIT OF HASH OIL IN

THERE.

Mark: HASH OIL THAT CAN

BE HIGHLY POTENT.

THIS IS A VAPOR PEN THAT

WAS ACTUALLY TAKEN FROM A

STUDENT BY A TEACHER IN THE

CLASSROOM.

Reporter: RON WAS THE

PRINCIPAL AT LAKEWOOD HIGH

SCHOOL FOR 17 YEARS BEFORE

RECENTLY RETIRING.

ALTHOUGH HE STRONGLY

BELIEVES THAT MARIJUANA USE

HURT THE EDUCATION OF

STUDENTS, HIS FIGHT ABOUT

LEGALIZATION IS MUCH MORE

THAN JUST MAKING SURE YOUNG

PEOPLE DO WELL IN THE

CLASSROOM.

THERE ISN'T A LIFE WORTH

GOING DOWN THIS ROAD,

WHETHER IT IS ALCOHOL,

MARIJUANA, OR TOBACCO, THERE

IS A PRICE TO PAY FOR ALL OF

IT.

AND THE BIGGEST STORY IS,

YES, THERE WILL BE SOME KIDS

THAT EXPERIMENT WITH IT.

IT HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR A

LONG TIME.

BUT OUR PERCENTAGES ARE

ALREADY UP IN THE STATE OF

COLORADO.

AND THE NUMBER OF PARENTS

AND FOLKS THAT ARE DOING

THIS IN THEIR HOMES THAT ARE

SENDING THE WRONG MESSAGE,

IT'S PRETTY CLEAR-CUT TO ME

THAT THIS ISN'T A ROAD WE

WANT TO GO DOWN.

THE DANGER IS WE HAVE

NEVER -- WE HAVE MADE

MARIJUANA USE EASIER FOR

KIDS, EASIER TO CONCEAL FOR

KIDS, AND WE'VE MADE IT MORE

APPEALING FOR KIDS.

WE HAVE MARIJUANA GUMMY

BEARS, CUPCAKES, SODA,

VAPORIZERS THAT DELIVER

INSANELY POTENT MARIJUANA

THAT KIDS CAN CONCEAL THEIR

USE.

Reporter: BOB DOYLE

HEADS THE GROUP KNOWN AS

SAM, WHICH STANDS FOR SMART

APPROACHES TO MARIJUANA.

IT IS A NATIONAL MOVEMENT

WORKING TO COUNTER THE

MARIJUANA INDUSTRY THROUGH

EDUCATION.

AS YOUR KIDS HEAD BACK TO

SCHOOL THIS FALL, LISTEN TO

THESE NUMBERS INVOLVING

STUDENTS IN COLORADO.

KIDS DON'T KNOW THE HARMS

OF MARIJUANA.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT DENVER, FOR

EXAMPLE, WHERE MOST OF THE

COMMERCIALIZATION OF

MARIJUANA HAS HAPPENED SINCE

2009.

IN COLORADO, ALMOST A THIRD

OF DENVER'S HIGH SCHOOL

STUDENTS ARE USING

MARIJUANA.

IN THE 10TH AND 12th

GRADE, IT IS 50% HIGHER THAN

THE NATIONAL AVERAGE OF

MARIJUANA USE RATE.

THE EIGHTH GRADE MARIJUANA

USE RATE IS ALMOST THREE

TIMES THE NATIONAL AVERAGE.

Reporter: IN OTHER

WORDS, ALMOST 20% OF

DENVER'S EIGHTH GRADERS

SMOKE POT.

THE STATE OF COLORADO

SURPRISED PEOPLE AROUND THE

WORLD IN NOVEMBER 2012, WHEN

RESIDENTS VOTED TO LEGALIZE

RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA FOR

ADULTS 21 AND OVER.

SUPPORTERS TAUTED THE TAX

REVENUE, BUT HAS IT LED TO A

FINANCIAL BOOST FOR THE

STATE?

ONE REPORT ESTIMATES THAT

THE LEGAL POT BUSINESS

BRINGS IN AROUND $11 MILLION

SINCE SHOPS OPENED IN

JANUARY.

ANOTHER SHOWS THAT TAX

REVENUES HAVE NOT MET

EXPECTATIONS.

FINANCIAL BENEFITS OR NOT,

COLORADO RESIDENTS LIKE BOB

DOYLE AND RON CONSTANIA

BELIEVE THE NEGATIVES ARE

ENOUGH TO REPEAL THE LAW.

THEY'RE PART OF AN

ORGANIZATION WORKING TO GET

THAT MEASURE ON THE BALLOT.

THE GROUP IS GETTING

BIGGER AND BIGGER AS THEY

SEE WHAT IS GOING ON OUT

THERE.

IT CROSSES ALL WALKS AND

TYPES OF PEOPLE WHO ARE JUST

CONCERNED, NOT JUST FOR OUR

YOUNG PEOPLE, BUT FOR ALL OF

OUR SOCIETY.

I DON'T KNOW HOW WE CAN BE

PRODUCTIVE AND HOW WE CAN BE

IN THE GAME WHEN WE'RE

HIGH.

Mark: MARK MARTIN, CBN

NEWS, DENVER.

EMBED THIS VIDEO


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