March 18, 2018—If the average person were to read any one of the three Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) reports on the impact of cannabis legalization on communities in Colorado, they would think that the sky is falling concerning cannabis. What was apparent to cannabis activists, and those with any understanding of what constitutes valid evidence, was that the reports are completely skewed to show negative impacts. They rely on newspaper accounts, bad statistics, and law enforcement assumptions to reach their skewed conclusions. You can read the HIDTA’s most recent report here.
Luckily, the leaders in Colorado were forward thinking enough to finance more unbiased organizations to conduct real—and actually scientific and valid—research into what the true impacts of cannabis legalization have been. Colorado State University—Pueblo conducted compelling