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Sadly, this is true and I experienced it firsthand - in Pueblo and Colorado Springs and Denver SM

Posted: May 17th, 2017 - 6:22 pm In Reply to: Legalized pot (which is an oxymoron) is ruining - this Colorado resort town...

First we moved to Pueblo, for the ex wanting legal. Okay, fine. Safer than being busted in a non-legal state.

I wish it would be legal on a federal level and then these problems wouldnt ruin specific areas with everyone flocking to one state.

Panhandling at area grocery stores, WalMart the biggest, many people standing on many street corners with signs for begging.

Panhandlers come off the corners and right up to cars gridlocked at red street lights and you can't stop it. All you can do is roll up your windows and keep your doors locked, and sit there until the light turns green.

Then on a popular social media website, multiple pages created with buy and selling of stolen goods, as well as people begging constantly with the same theme of "we moved here with only what we could fit in the car and we need everything" or the ever popular "single mom needs this or that with another baby on the way" kind of thing that got old real fast. Strange how I never saw posts asking about free or low-cost birth control help.

Shoplifting is the most popular form of self employment, and then selling it on the aforementioned social media site pages.

Police have bigger fish to fry, but they did crack down on those pages, or the website itself did.

Of course, hardly any of these people move there with a dime of savings, no plans, no jobs, no backup, no nothing. So many people think they will move there and get a job in weed shops, never thinking ahead or knowing that you need a badge to get a job, and NO criminal record, etc, etc. and when I lived there, it was $150 fee to apply for a badge. No badge, no job.

Of course, a lot of employees were selling what they scrounged off the dispensary cutting room floors, or could steal. That was a side job for many people.

The social services groups first tried Greyhound therapy, but they ran out of money real fast. Then had to serve only city residents first, no out of state people.

Just legalize it on a federal level and be done with it. The problems are already everyhere, legal in certain states only brings more people and more problems to that area.

It's also expensive, heavily taxed, or was when I was there. People didnt know or didnt realize that when they came there. I dont know, if they thought it grew wild and free in the fields and you go pick what you want?

It's a mess. I'm glad some states are starting the trend to legalize it, I wish the feds would do it and get it over with.


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