There is a third pot shop that is opening next to this tourist attraction and the historic scenic railroad site. It will be a grow and sell pot shop. They are putting the third pot shop in a historic register building. Now when visitors from all over the world come to visit this historic site they can take 100 steps next door and buy their pot from what used to be Hogland's a historic building. Hogland's has been next to the old fort as long as the fort has been there.
This isn't about the pro and con of legalized marijuana but about the down side which was not made known when those advocating legalized marijuana were convincing the voters to adopt the new law. Our little quiet town has now become a bastion of vagrants who have migrated here due to its small size and equally small law enforcement presence. Ft. Garland used to be a town with good family values and no crime to speak of. We have recently had one of our small businesses robbed at gun point -something here to fore unheard of - and we were told by one resident that they are now having to keep driving off vagrants from their yard and property.
Denver is bemoaning that the heavy influx of homeless people who have come to Colorado for the "legal" marijuana and have swamped their social system to the point they can't help those in actual need anymore. Then we have two adjoining States who are suing our State because of increased law enforcement needed because of pot crossing into their states where it is still illegal. A third state is contemplating whether to also join the suit. It is still illegal according to the Federal Government. One thing we citizens were not told is the large market of consumables that would grow from the new "legalized" pot industry. There are daily reports of children having to go to the ER for consuming what they think is candy only to find out it is look alike candy laced with marijuana.
Statistics are now being released that those who have smoked marijuana in the last week have twice the chance of being involved in a traffic accident. That it causes temporary memory loss. It is showing up in schools at alarming rates. Those are just a few of the many down sides of legalizing pot. The revenue it provides is excellent but at what cost? Regretfully we voters were not told of the down side only all the money it would bring to the economy. Our streets are now filled with homeless vagrants which are draining resources for those in actual need. Our children are getting seriously sick consuming marijuana eatables that they think is normal candy when it is only made to look like regular candy. Our state is struggling on how to label it so people won't get it by accident. Crime to pay for drug habits is on the increase. Drivers are slowly weaving all over the road being high on marijuana. Advocates claim it has medical value and doctors claim the opposite. Advocates say it is less harmful than alcohol. Opponents say it is a gateway drug that leads to more serious drug use. Personally I do not know who is correct but what I do know is that having three pot shops in a city with a population of 433 isn't doing the community a bit of good. As we drove home from the vet today with our dog Echo we saw a man with probably 20 garbage bags and plastic crates in Ft. Garland. He is known as a vagrant and lives on a street corner asking people for marijuana. I see our quaint and historic city heading down due to one pot shop for every 144 citizens. Parents who have for years tried to keep their children off drugs now have pot shops within walking distance of their homes and schools. All this at what cost??? Is it really in the best interest of small communities like ours to have such a proliferation of pot shops taking over its community with buildings that are covered in psychedelic graffiti? The jury is out but it looks to me like pot is going to destroy small communities like Ft. Garland...