Recently, the Honorable Mayor of Denver, Michael B. Hancock, sent a letter expressing his concerns about the impact that drug legalization will have on public health and safety. His letter concluded with the following words:
“As a parent, I worry about how the increased presence of marijuana in our city will affect our children and our grandchildren. Despite a few lessons learned from medical marijuana, the long-term implications of that industry and the potential for an expanded industry will not be known to us for perhaps a generation or more. There is no denying, however, the potential for a negative impact on our kids — on their home lives, their health, their education and their future. We already know the toll substance abuse takes on so many of our residents. Sadly, many of them are parents. The cost of substance abuse on our healthcare system, our jails and in our courts is substantial. I want more for all of our kids and for all Denverites.”
The full text of his letter can be found at http://drthurstone.com/denver-mayor-on-marijuana-legalization/.