Weeding Out The Truth
As the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol turns in more than 360,000 signatures to try and put recreational marijuana legalization on the 2018 Michigan ballot, the Newschannel 3 I-Team is in Colorado, the first state in the U.S. to legalize recreational marijuana.
The I-Team is speaking with growers, users, and law enforcement about the changes that have taken place in Colorado since voters decided to decriminalize recreational marijuana in 2012, and asking about what changes might take place in Michigan, if voters ultimately get the chance to vote on the issue in 2018.
Newschannel 3 interviewed Tim Cullen, CEO of the Colorado Harvest Co., a locally owned cannabis business consisting of a cultivation facility and several retail stores in Denver.
Cullen is a former biology teacher, but his interest in marijuana was sparked when his father began suffering from Crohn’s Disease, and he saw how marijuana helped ease the pain caused by Crohn’s disease symptoms. He is now considered to be one of Colorado’s most knowledgeable marijuana growers.
Cullen says the legalization of marijuana in Colorado have paid significant dividends for the state, and that any concerns prior to legalization went unrealized.
“It’s not all that different from living in a state where alcohol is legal,” he said, when asked about recreational marijuana legalization efforts in Michigan. “It looks and feels like a liquor store where you can go in, shop for it, but you can’t use it on the street, you can’t drive with it, you have to be a responsible adult when you use it.”
Not everyone shares Cullen’s enthusiasm for recreational marijuana legalization in Colorado.
The I-Team also spoke with Thomas Gorman, executive director of the Rocky Mountain High Drug Intensity Trafficking Area.
The group works with law enforcement groups across the country to examine drug trafficking and drug violence. It also does research on drug use.
Perhaps most importantly, the I-Team spoke with customers and residents of Denver, looking at the changes taking place, both good and bad in Colorado, since voters legalized recreational Marijuana in 2012.
Tune in to Newschannel 3 at 5 and 11 as investigative reporter Cody Combs provides continuing coverage of the marijuana industry, and return to WWMT.com.