United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia Mike Stuart held a day-long symposium Wednesday focused on the downsides of recreational marijuana legalization.
Invited members of media and federal law enforcement, including those from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Drug Enforcement Administration; and Rocky Mountain and Appalachia HIDTA, as well as a few lawmakers, gathered at the Charleston Marriott Town Center for “Marijuana Symposium: A Look Back at the Colorado Experiment and What You Need to Know.”
Bob Troyer, former United States attorney for the District of Colorado, warned that after after legalization in Colorado, youth use increased and that companies offered products marketed to youth, such as vape pens designed to look like highlighter pens. He said employers lost worker productivity, more workers failed drug tests and that about 10 businessmen became more wealthy.
Researchers at Colorado State University-Pueblo estimated that the marijuana industry had an economic impact of $58