Cannabis remains on the NFL’s banned substance list.
He said it’s an area that needs more research to have a definitive answer, but all the evidence to date is that it’s not happening.
It’s a pretty widespread idea and one for which it’s not hard to find anecdotal evidence. This would be the idea that Colorado in general and Denver in particular have gone to pot, with hordes of homeless people flocking to the state to partake without fear of legal consequences.
I put this question to Donald Burnes, founder and co-chair of the Burnes Center on Poverty and Homelessness at the University of Denver’s School of Social Work. He does research on the policy around homelessness, as well as on public discourse and the effectiveness of programs.
He said it’s an area that needs more research to have a definitive answer, but all the evidence to date is that it’s not happening. Surveys of the homeless population just don’t show a huge increase in the numbers of people moving here from other states. Most homeless people in Colorado lived here before they became homeless.
A defeated bill would have prohibited public employees from assisting federal agents in “arresting a Colorado citizen for committing an act that is a Colorado constitutional right.”
Colorado law enforcement officers are free to help in a potential federal marijuana crackdown.
That’s after the state Senate rejected a bill to prohibit public employees from assisting federal agents in “arresting a Colorado citizen for committing an act that is a Colorado constitutional right.”
When Denver’s new cannabis church, Elevation Ministries, opened its doors last week, lawyer Rob Corry saw another opening for other marijuana aficionados.
“I’ve got 15 [pot] clubs down in Colorado Springs and they’re being persecuted by the city and they’re looking to move to Denver and this religious, faith-based model seems to work. Denver appears to accept it,” said Corry, who is not affiliated with Elevation Ministries.
The move is part of the recently formed Cannabis Caucus’ efforts to increase protections for the legal marijuana industry.
U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, an Arvada Democrat, is teaming up with representatives from Alaska and Washington this week for another push at getting marijuana-related businesses access to the federal banking system.