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Pot seen as reason for rise in Denver homeless?

Posted by on Jul. 27, 2014 at 5:57 PM
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DENVER (AP) — Officials at some Denver homeless shelters say the legalization of marijuana has contributed to an increase in the number of younger people living on the city's streets.

One organization dealing with the increase is Urban Peak, which provides food, shelter and other services to homeless people aged 15 to 24 in Denver and Colorado Springs.

"Of the new kids we're seeing, the majority are saying they're here because of the weed," deputy director Kendall Rames told The Denver Post (http://dpo.st/1l1vQER ). "They're traveling through. It is very unfortunate."

The Salvation Army's single men's shelter in Denver has been serving more homeless this summer, and officials have noted an increase in the number of 18- to 25-year-olds there.

The shelter housed an average of 225 each night last summer, but this summer it's averaging 300 people per night. No breakdown was available by age, but an informal survey found that about a quarter of the increase was related to marijuana, including people who moved hoping to find work in the marijuana industry, said Murray Flagg, divisional social services secretary for the Salvation Army's Intermountain Division.

Some of the homeless have felony backgrounds that prevent them from working in pot shops and grow houses, which are regulated by the state, Flagg said. He also thinks others may find work but don't earn enough to pay rent in Denver's expensive housing market.

At the St. Francis Center, a daytime homeless shelter, pot is the second most frequently volunteered reason for being in Colorado, after looking for work.

St. Francis executive director Tom Leuhrs also sees an economic reason for the increase of the number of homeless young people. They're having difficulty moving from high school and college to the workforce, Leuhrs said.

"The economy is not supporting them. There are not enough jobs," he said.

Edward Madewell said he was on his way back home to Missouri when he decided to head to Colorado so he could keep smoking the marijuana he uses to control seizures. "I'm not going to stop using something organic. I don't like the pills," he said.

Dusty Taylor, 20, said he moved back to Colorado, where he grew up, to avoid legal problems. "I don't want to catch a felony for smoking," he said

http://news.yahoo.com/pot-seen-reason-rise-denver-homeless-175115981.html?soc_src=copy

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LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Jul. 27, 2014 at 6:14 PM
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I was expecting this to be a "Pot is making people homeless" post. This article makes sense but I guess it shouldn't be surprising.
EireLass
by Ruby Member on Jul. 27, 2014 at 6:45 PM
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Maybe they should lower the price.....
mewebb82
by Member on Jul. 27, 2014 at 6:49 PM
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Pot isn't making people homeless though. Homeless kids are going to Colorado because of the legal pot in that state. If pot were legal other places, they'd be there.
jcrew6
by Platinum Member on Jul. 27, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Did you read the article? They aren't homeless because of the price smoke pot

1. They can't find work that allow them to afford the high cost of living in Denver. 

2. Some have criminal records and not allowed to work in pot shops.


 

Quoting EireLass: Maybe they should lower the price.....


jcrew6
by Platinum Member on Jul. 27, 2014 at 6:52 PM

No one said it was.

Quoting mewebb82: Pot isn't making people homeless though. Homeless kids are going to Colorado because of the legal pot in that state. If pot were legal other places, they'd be there.


EireLass
by Ruby Member on Jul. 27, 2014 at 6:54 PM
Yea, I did read it. I was joking.
Quoting jcrew6:

Did you read the article? They aren't homeless because of the price smoke pot

1. They can't find work that allow them to afford the high cost of living in Denver. 

2. Some have criminal records and not allowed to work in pot shops.

 

Quoting EireLass: Maybe they should lower the price.....

mewebb82
by Member on Jul. 27, 2014 at 6:55 PM
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The premise that pot is to blame for the rise of homeless was the reason for my statement. Pot is not the reason, laws are the reason.

Quoting jcrew6:

No one said it was.

Quoting mewebb82: Pot isn't making people homeless though. Homeless kids are going to Colorado because of the legal pot in that state. If pot were legal other places, they'd be there.

jcrew6
by Platinum Member on Jul. 27, 2014 at 7:06 PM
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Don't you think this says something to the number of people who potentially walked away from jobs, schools in other areas and moved to Denver.  For pot? 

No substance is that important to me that I would accept being homeless, to have more of it.  

I have no problem with pot being legal in my state. And even my Gov. Has opened forums to discuss throughout the state.  IF the result is more slackers who  choose pot over careers? That's not going to help the lobby efforts.  

Quoting mewebb82: The premise that pot is to blame for the rise of homeless was the reason for my statement. Pot is not the reason, laws are the reason.
Quoting jcrew6:

No one said it was.

Quoting mewebb82: Pot isn't making people homeless though. Homeless kids are going to Colorado because of the legal pot in that state. If pot were legal other places, they'd be there.


jcrew6
by Platinum Member on Jul. 27, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Ahhhhh.  Ok. :)

Quoting EireLass: Yea, I did read it. I was joking.
Quoting jcrew6:

Did you read the article? They aren't homeless because of the price smoke pot

1. They can't find work that allow them to afford the high cost of living in Denver. 

2. Some have criminal records and not allowed to work in pot shops.


 

Quoting EireLass: Maybe they should lower the price.....


FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Jul. 27, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Lets all move to the states where we can smoke weed legally and do nothing else!

Yay!

Oh my.

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