Colorado has become the first US state to legalise cannabis for recreational use. The state voted in November 2012 for the legislation, which came into effect on 1 January 2014. Adults over the age of 21 can now purchase cannabis for personal use on private premises.
The Christian Institute reports that Kevin Sabet, of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, warned this legalisation would have negative consequences. ‘This is an industry that makes money off addiction’, he said. ‘There will still be a black market to serve people who are ineligible to buy on a legal market, especially kids’.
He added that children could be targeted and deceived into thinking the drug is harmless. Patrick Kennedy, a former Congressman and recovering drug addict, said: ‘We don’t have to have other states go down this road and have to learn the same hard lessons that residents of Colorado are already learning’.