Pot is polling high, but opponents say Colorado is a cautionary tale

The San Diego Union Tribune
By Joshua Stewart

With polls showing support for allowing recreational use of marijuana in California, Proposition 64’s opponents are urging voters to look at increased crime and traffic crashes in Colorado, a state where it’s legal to use and sell the drug, as a cautionary tale.

“California would be falling into a pit hole, falling into a ditch,” Bishop Ron Allen, the founder of the International Faith Based Coalition, said at a news conference Tuesday.

Since voters legalized marijuana there in 2013, traffic-related marijuana deaths have increased by 48 percent, emergency room visits by 49 percent, and marijuana-related poison center calls by 100 percent, according to a letter provided by No on 64 from Denver District Attorney Mitchell Morrissey.

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