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1 The Social Experiment Impact of Marijuana Legalization on Society

2 Marijuana History First recorded reference – 2737 BC by Chinese Emporor Shen Nung ◦ Used as intoxicant ◦ Also used as medicine – gout, rheumatism and absent-mindedness India – Muslims used it as intoxicant  Alcohol is forbidden in the Koran Reached Europe in 500 AD Hashish introduced in 12 th Century Iran and Central Africa

3 Introduced by the Spanish in 1611 ◦ Used as cash crop (hemp) 1920’s – caught on in U.S. ◦ Jazz clubs and tea pads ◦ Reefer songs ◦ Marijuana was not considered a social threat MARIJUANA IN THE US

4 Funded by a church group 68 minutes long All smoke marijuana ◦ Pedestrian killed ◦ Pre-marital sex ◦ Attempted rape ◦ Friends kill one another ◦ Insanity ◦ Put in criminal asylum ◦ End of movie – “This could happen to your son – and your daughter, etc…” ◦ TELL YOUR CHILDREN! REEFER MADNESS The Movie - 1936


6 What Happened Next? 1937 – Marijuana Tax Act Uptick in marijuana use Prohibitive tax on cultivation Made federally illegal in a sense

7 Marijuana – 1970’s and 1980’s DEA created Schedule I drug by President Nixon 11 states decriminalized 1972 – War on Drugs – President Nixon 1976 – national parents group organizations targeted marijuana 1986 – Just Say No by Nancy Reagan


9 The New Reefer Madness?

10 Marijuana Today 23 States Legalized for Medicine 10 States – CBD 2 Recreational Marijuana Marijuana Changes ◦ Higher THC – 3% in 1970’s and 1980’s ◦ THC Now – Average 12% ◦ Edibles ◦ Dabbing/Wax

11 Marijuana Status (Medicinal) - 23 States and DC California – 1996 Alaska – 1998 Oregon – 1998 Washington – 1998 Maine – 1999 Colorado – 2000 Hawaii - 2000 Nevada – 2000 Montana – 2004 Vermont – 2004 Rhode Island – 2006 New Mexico - 2007 Michigan – 2008 Arizona – 2010 DC – 2010 New Jersey – 2010 Delaware – 2011 Connecticut – 2012 Massachusetts - 2012 Illinois – 2013 New Hampshire – 2013 Maryland – 2014 Minnesota – 2014 New York - 2014

12 Marijuana Status (CBD) - 10 States Alabama Florida Iowa Kentucky Mississippi Missouri South Carolina Tennessee Utah Wisconsin

13 Cannabidiol Medications Children with Seizure Issues Charlotte’s Web (Charlotte Figi) Epidiolex (GW Pharmaceuticals) Mixed Success with Epidiolex Scant results with Charlotte’s Web Epilepsy Foundation – Need for more testing Georgia – HB885 failed GW Pharmaceuticals and Georgia Regents

14 Marijuana Status (Recreational) Colorado Washington

15 How Much Can I Possess Legally? ColoradoWashington Colorado – January 1, 2014 2 oz. – patient/1 oz. – citizen ¼ oz. – visitor/non-citizen Infused products can’t contain nicotine or alcohol Can make multiple visits daily. 25% tax rate 136 stores Can give it away to a person. Can grow your own (3 plants) Medical can switch to recreational shops Could have it delivered Smoke in homes, including front porch Washington – July 8, 2014 1 oz. – any person 16 oz. – solid infused product 72 oz. – liquid infused product No language on alcohol/nicotine 25% tax at each level 334 stores Can’t give it away Can’t grow it Medical may disappear Could have it delivered Smoke in home or clubs 25% of hotel rooms can be marijuana rooms.

16 HIDTA Qualifying Criteria Significant center of illegal drug production, manufacturing, importation, or distribution; State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies have committed resources to respond to the drug trafficking problem in the area, thereby indicating a determination to respond aggressively to the problem; Drug-related activities in the area are having a significant harmful impact in the area and in other areas of the country; and A significant increase in allocation of Federal resources is necessary to respond adequately to drug related activities in the area.

17 Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) REPORT Created to:  Utilize a comparison of 3 different eras in Colorado’s legalization history  2006-2008: Early medical marijuana era  2009-2012: Medical marijuana expansion era  2012 – present: MM expansion and recreational use era

18 Rocky Mountain HIDTA Report Subjects covered: Driving Fatalities Colorado Youth Marijuana Use Colorado Adult Marijuana Use Colorado Emergency Room – Marijuana Admissions Diversion of Colorado Marijuana (General) Diversion of Colorado Marijuana (In the mail)

19 Colorado HIDTA Report Colorado serves as experimental lab Wanted to look at validity of pro-pot claims: ◦ Eliminate arrests ◦ Free up law enforcement resources ◦ Reduce traffic fatalities – alcohol to marijuana ◦ No increase in use – tightly regulated ◦ Added revenue ◦ Reduce profits for the cartels

20 Green rush? 2000-20082009-Present 5,993 patient applications 4,800 cardholders No retail stores Regulations of five “patients” per caregiver Only 55% designated a caregiver End of 2009, 38,000 additional applications. 41,000 cardholders 2012 – 532 licensed dispensaries 2012 – 108,000 “patients” 94% of cardholders for severe pain Denver - More dispensaries than pharmacies or liquor stores

21 Section 1: Car Crashes and Fatalities Overall Nationally: 2009 - 32,367 traffic fatalities ◦ Lowest level since 1949 ◦ Down almost 2% Traffic crashes in 2010 – 2,239,000 injured Traffic crashes in 2011 – 2,217,000 injured 2002 – 2,930,000 traffic injuries ◦ 24% decrease  NHTSA and Federal Highway Administration

22 Car crashes and fatalities Federal Highway Administration estimates: Per person costs (medical and lost productivity): ◦ $3.2 million cost per traffic fatality ◦ $68,700 cost per traffic crash

23 Car crashes and fatalities Nationally, alcohol-related traffic fatalities down 2.5% (10,136 to 9,878) Alcohol-related driving accounts for 31% of all traffic fatalities

24 Common theme

25 What others say NIDA - After alcohol, THC (delta-9- tetrahydrocannabinol), the active ingredient in marijuana, is the substance most commonly found in the blood of impaired drivers, fatally injured drivers, and motor vehicle crash victims. British Medical Journal - Drivers who smoke marijuana within a few hours of driving are almost twice as likely to get into an accident as sober drivers.

26 Teen drivers Liberty Mutual/SADD survey 19% admitted to driving after smoking marijuana 36% - marijuana smoking no distraction while driving 34% who admitted to smoking while high said it made them a better driver

27 DUID – Marijuana Detected 2009 – 791 THC positives 2010 – 1489 THC positives 2011 – 2030 THC positives Source – Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment

28 Colorado hidta report – fatalities 2007-2012 – Traffic fatalities decreased 14% 2007-2012 – Traffic fatalities involving drivers testing positive for marijuana increased 100% In 2007, Colorado traffic fatalities involving operators testing positive for marijuana represented 7.04 percent of the total traffic fatalities. By 2012, that number more than doubled to 16.53 percent

29 Fatalities Involving Operators Testing Positive for Marijuana

30 Colorado HIDTA report - Fatalities 2006 – positive for pot -28% of fatal vehicle crashes involving drugs 2011 – positive for pot – 56% of fatal vehicle crashes involving drugs

31 HIDTA Report Stats Columbia University School of Public Health – car crash is 2.7 times higher for pot users NHTSA (2009) – more people driving on weekends under the influence of marijuana (8.3%) compared to alcohol (2.2%)

32 Section 2 – Marijuana and Youth Youth Risk Behavior Study (CDC - 2011) – More kids said they have smoked marijuana (23%) than cigarettes (18%)

33 Youth perception of marijuana "It is harmless and natural, it is only an herb, and it won't affect me long-term" "It is not addictive" "It doesn't hurt me as much as smoking tobacco" "It makes me feel calm" "It doesn't affect my thinking or my grades" "It's safe because it is used as medicine for cancer and other diseases"

34 Youth Marijuana Use Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico & Vermont

35 Youth Marijuana Use Age 12-17

36 Marijuana – Colorado Expulsions

37 Is marijuana harmful to youth? Memory loss Distorted perception Trouble with thinking Problem solving issues Loss of motor skills Increased hearth rate 2013 study – Higher stroke risk

38 Harmful to youth? – recent studies Marijuana is addictive New Zealand study – 8 point IQ loss Schizophrenia and psychosis - Marijuana use during adolescence and young adulthood increases the risk of psychotic symptoms, while continued cannabis use may increase the risk for psychotic disorder in later life - Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands

39 Mount Sinai Study Review of 120 studies of youth marijuana use Findings include: ◦ Marijuana as a “safe drug” is scientifically inaccurate ◦ More studies needed to accurately understand adolescent cannabis use on brain development ◦ Association between cannabis use and subsequent addiction to heavy drugs ◦ Association between cannabis use and psychosis ◦ Other genetic behaviors factor into later drug use

40 Section 2 – Colorado Youth Marijuana use Used 30-day data and is classified as current use Grades 9-12 – primary source of information for data Most data was from 2006-2011

41 Colorado youth marijuana use Youth ages 12-17 ◦ National average of current use – 7.55% ◦ Colorado average of current use – 10.47% “If Denver Public High Schools were considered a state, that state would have the highest past month marijuana use rate in the US, behind New Hampshire.” - Dr. Christian Thurstone, Denver Health Medical Center

42 Daily marijuana use – 12 th graders NationalColorado 6.6% reported using marijuana daily 7.8% reported using more than 40 times per month Another 2.9% reported using between 20 and 39 times a month

43 Section 3 – Colorado Adult Marijuana Use Who Cares?

44 Colorado adult use Reasons that people say, “Who Cares?” Marijuana will stop senseless arrests Why do I care if someone smokes a little pot? Regulate it and tax it – money for the state

45 Stop arresting people for pot PerceptionReality People are arrested for having a joint in their pocket 0.7% of all state inmates were behind bars for marijuana possession only (with many of them pleading down from more serious crimes).i In total, one tenth of one percent (0.1 percent) of all state prisoners were marijuana-possession offenders with no prior sentences. The vast majority (99.8%) of federal prisoners sentenced for drug offenses were incarcerated for drug trafficking. Alcohol is responsible for 2.6 million arrests, a million more than for all illicit drugs combined.

46 Why do I Care if someone smokes a little pot? Addiction Services – Maintain Healthy Lifestyle (Prevention, Treatment and Recovery) Business – Bottom line and workforce safety issues Children’s Services agencies – Parent readiness and safety of child Colleges – Financial aid and retention Education – Testing requirements Law Enforcement – Public safety and officer/employee issues Legislators – Budget/jobs and then “election-time” issues

47 Positive results increased by 5.7% since 2011 Marijuana most frequently for positive tests

48 Colorado Estimated 15% of Colorado’s workforce is a current pot user (350,000 working adults)

49 What pot means for business… #1 reason for failed drug test Scientific testing is undefined. How safe is your workforce? Crane operators, bus drivers, teachers, accountant, etc. Marijuana compromises: Hand/eye coordination Cognitive judgment Psycho motor reactions

50 What pot means for business Drug Use Impacts: increased absences, tardiness, accidents, workers' compensation claims, productivity and job turnover 3.6 times the accidents on the job 5 times the accidents off the job Which then effects: BWC rates Insurance coverage HR responsibilities

51 Regulate it and tax it The total overall costs of substance abuse in the U.S., including productivity, health and crime-related costs : $185 billion for alcohol $193 billion for tobacco Federal ($9 billion) and state ($5.5 billion) alcohol taxes raise $14.5 billion. Federal and state tobacco taxes raise $25 billion.

52 Colorado adult marijuana use Past month marijuana use (26+) ◦ National average – 4.8% ◦ Colorado average – 8.19% ◦ 2008 – 5.32% ◦ 2011 – 8.19% ◦ 54% increase in 3 years

53 Section 4 – Colorado ER Admissions

54 Safety as proclaimed from above

55 Is safety only measured through Deaths? Internet safety Workplace safety Dating safety

56 Marijuana can be dangerous for: Has anyone ever died from an overdose – NO! However… Children Adults Pets …Can have real safety issues…

57 Colorado ER Visits Isn’t marijuana safe? Panic attacks Falls Accidents Delusions Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome – extreme stomach pain and violent vomiting

58 Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome Identified in 2009 Cannabis use for years and on a weekly basis Began young Symptoms Severe nausea and vomiting Vomiting in cycle over a few months Colicky abdominal pain Short Term Fix Immersion in hot water Long Term Fix Quit cannabis use

59 Dangerous for Fido? 2012 issue of the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Marijuana toxicosis cases at two Colorado veterinary hospitals quadrupled during 2005- 2009 Researchers reported two dogs died after eating baked goods containing marijuana. Falling over/uncoordinated Hallucinations with barking or agitation Seizures or even coma

60 marijuana er visits 2009 – Marijuana was involved in 376,467 ER visits (NIDA) Higher rates for males Out of all illicit drugs, marijuana was most common in 18-20 year olds Alcohol – 658,263 (32% of all ER visits) ◦ Alcohol and marijuana combination 125,438 visits

61 COLORADO ER VISITS From 2011 through 2013, there was a 57 percent increase in marijuana-related emergency room visits. Hospitalizations related to marijuana have increased 82 percent from 2008 to 2013.

62 Colorado ER visits 1. 2006- 2009 comparison to 2010-2012 0-5: 200% increase 6-12: 60% increase 13-14: 92% increase 15-18: 7% increase 18-25: 28% increase 26+: 69% increase

63 commercialization Remember me?

64 Marijuana commercialization


66 Vending Machines

67 Meet Claude… Black Cherry Gummy Bear THC Infused 100 milligrams of THC per bear Colorado law – 10 mg per serving Foot = one serving 10 bears per bag

68 Colorado ER Visits In 2011, Marijuana-related incidents accounted for 26% of total ER visits. 2005 rate was 20%. 2010 – Ten month old twins ate marijuana infused trail mix. JAMA Pediatrics – “The consequences of unintentional marijuana exposure in children should be part of the ongoing debate on the legalization of marijuana.”

69 Section 6: colorado marijuana diversion Amendment 64: Amendment 64 would regulate marijuana and restrict its sale to licensed stores, as we currently do with alcohol. Under Amendment 64, marijuana sales will be conducted in a regulated market in which checks for proof of age are mandatory and strictly enforced.

70 SECTION 6: DIVERSION OF COLORADO MARIJUANA Top States to Which Colorado Marijuana Was Destined in 2012: Kansas (37) Missouri (30) Illinois (22) Texas (18) Wisconsin (18) Florida (16) Nebraska (13) Iowa (10) 37 states were destined to receive Colorado weed!

71 Where is the regulation? 54 4157 58 92 321 274 2005-2012 – 407% Increase in Interdiction Seizures

72 How much was seized 2005-2008 – Average # of pounds seized: 2,220 pounds 2009-2012 – Average # of pounds seized: 3,937 pounds (77% increase) 7,008 pounds seized in 2012 Top three counties of marijuana origins 1. Denver (141) 2. Boulder (27) 3. El Paso (24)

73 Pounds of marijuana seizures 1,623 3,416 3,708 7,008

74 Interdictions 102 Pounds to Orlando, FL Dispensary Owner Pays for Delivery Trips to Omaha 476 Pounds Destined for Wisconsin Marijuana Edibles Destined for Texas and Ohio Neighboring States to Bill Colorado?

75 How much is a pound of Marijuana? 54 joints per ounce 16 oz. x 54 joints = 864 +

76 Cheyenne county (NE) Sheriff John Jensen claims legalizing marijuana in Colorado changed local drug trafficking in a way not seen in his 17 years of law enforcements. “Now you have dispensaries, you have grow houses in neighboring states that are growing a much better product.”

77 Drug Runners


79 Colorado Diversions via the US Mail? United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) Prohibited Mailing of Narcotics database (PMN) database. Sgt. Brad Williams, Chicago Police Dept. “At least 50% of everything I get is from one of those states where it is legal to grow (CO and CA)…Officers seize at least one package coming from these states every day.”

80 Diverstions through the USPS

81 Diversions through the usps 57 68

82 Diversions through the usps 10 24 29 23

83 Top Ten destinations  IIlinois  Texas  Florida  Ohio  Minnesota  Maryland  Iowa  Massachusetts  Kansas  Virginia

84 Contact information Tony Coder Drug Free Action Alliance 6155 Huntley Road, Suite H Columbus, OH 43229 614-540-9985

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