Study finds marijuana isn't the cause of homelessness, crime

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - CSU-Pueblo's Institute of Cannabis Research (ICR) has found there's no real evidence to prove legalizing weed is a direct link to the rise in homelessness in Pueblo. 

The Pueblo Board of County Commissioners funded the study with $270,000 of marijuana excise tax revenues from the 2016 Pueblo County budget. 

The study was conducted independently by more than 30 Ph.D.s and was presented to the Pueblo Board of County Commissioners for the first time on Monday, Mar. 12. 

Below is the press release from CSU-Pueblo detailing the findings:

Recently, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave federal prosecutors the green light to enforce federal marijuana laws in states where cannabis has been legalized in some form.

"The law of the United States of America, in case you haven't heard, applies in every state in the United States, and I'm not going to tell Colorado or California or someone else that the possession of marijuana is legal under United States law," said Sessions. 

Colorado lawmakers are responding to Sessions. Rep. Doug Lamborn said in response to Sessions, "If we're honest with ourselves, legalizing marijuana has been bad for the state of Colorado."

Rep. Mike Coffman disagrees.

"Colorado had every right to legalize marijuana and I will do everything I can to protect that right against the power of an overreaching federal government." 

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