Cannabis legalization in many communities has increased tax revenue, brought down city expenses, decreased crime and traffic violations. Allowing easy, regulated access to cannabis is proving to be successful, however many communities in states that have legal recreational cannabis laws have shunned the plant by opting out of this unique opportunity to make their community safer. At the same time, many of these communities are expanding their liquor laws and encouraging more, larger breweries and bars to open. We are going to explore the reasons why cannabis business in local communities is good business and at the same time look into what happens in the very hypocritical communities that embrace more dangerous substances like alcohol.
Littleton is one of those hypocritical communities who has denied recreational cannabis businesses, but at the same time allowed new zoning ordinances to attract more breweries like Breckenridge Brewery who is building a 12 acre brewery.
Why is attracting a giant brewery hypocritical? Well, let’s look at the safety issues.
Alcohol is responsible for 1 in 7 adult deaths in the state of Colorado. On the other hand, cannabis has contributed to 0 deaths in adults. Cannabis is not lethal, there is no evidence of any long term or short term health disorders in adults who use cannabis regularly.
Let’s also think of the children shall we? The argument that cannabis is too harmful to children to allow it in our community is a sign of complete lack of education on the subject of cannabis and a level of arrogance that overshadows all the studies that show alcohol, prescription drugs, and even caffeine to be more dangerous to children. Yet in Littleton we have starbucks, liquor stores and doctors on every corner pushing one product or another. If cannabis is so dangerous for children, show me the dead kids. Because I can show you dead kids who binge drink, I can show you kids who die from caffeine. But I can not show you one child who has ingested cannabis and died, or suffered a long term injury from cannabis. It has never happened.
I will demonstrate a simple scenario to illustrate how cannabis is one of the least of our worries in our community.
If a toddler goes through mommy and daddy’s cabinet and has a choice to grab a bottle of whisky, prescription drugs, gun, or a cannabis brownie, we would all only hope the child goes for the less lethal substance, right?
Not to mention the tax revenue Littleton is losing is in the tens of millions of dollars. Littleton residences do consume cannabis, and to get it everyone must go to Denver and give Denver city and county our tax dollars. Communities we don’t even live in get revenue that can go to schools, infrastructure and drug prevention and treatment programs that should be benefiting the local community we live in.
Denver has seen a 10% decrease in crime, tax revenue of over $50 Million and the DUI scare has been extinguished, with only 6% of DUI’s being solely cannabis related, proving drinking is still the elephant in the room no one wants to talk about being the real problem. Denying citizens access to cannabis is a crime on it’s own, denying the community a safer option is not looking out for the community’s best interest.
Denver has also seen how cannabis business affects every business. Of course jobs are created, more money is pumped into the economy as more people have more expendable income, but what we don’t hear often is how cannabis actually benefits every other business not related to cannabis at all. Cannabis businesses need CPA’s, marketing experts, material, advisors, insurance, designers, developers, contractors, and so much more.
Cannabis business is good for all business.
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