The Economy

After legalization, Colorado saw record economic growth, tourism, and employment

Colorado’s GDP growth among the highest in the nation,” Monica Mendoza, Denver Business Journal (July 27th, 2016).

Growth Ranking: Analyzing state population and GDP trends,” Lindsey Cook (Data Editor), U.S. News and World Report (February 28, 2017).


Colorado, which boasts the No. 1 economy in the nation, ranks second for job growth. “


Colorado breaks tourism record with 77.7 million visitors spending $19.1 billion,” Jason Blevins, The Denver Post (July 20, 2016).

Colorado’s unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in 15 years,” Alicia Wallace, The Denver Post (March 25, 2016).


Report: Colorado weed is now a behemoth with a $2.4 billion economic impact,” Alicia Wallace, The Denver Post (October 26, 2016).

Public Safety

After legalization, Colorado saw declines in teen use, traffic fatalities, and crime

After legalization, teen marijuana use dropped sharply in Colorado,” Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post (Dec 21, 2016).


Since marijuana legalization, highway fatalities in Colorado are at near-historic lows,” Radley Balko, The Washington Post (August 5, 2014).


Marijuana Use Linked With Lower Risk of Domestic Violence Among Married Couples, Study Finds,” Taryn Hillin, Huffington Post (August 27, 2014).


Despite claims, data show legalized marijuana has not increased crime rates,” Brian Heuberger, (March 22, 2017).


Sessions: Legal pot drives violent crime, statistics be damned,” Alan Pyke, (Feb 28, 2017).


Tax Revenue

Milestoned: Colorado Pot Tax Revenue Surpasses $500M,” Katelyn Newman, U.S. News and World Report (July 20, 2017).


Recreational pot sales could net $25 million for Colorado Springs in 2018, according to study,” Conrad Swanson, The Gazette (July 28, 2017).


Pot not just for potholes in Manitou Springs, which recieved much-needed revenue,” Lance Benzel, The Gazette (May 4, 2017).


Revenues From Pot Sales Help Edgewater Replace Their City Hall,” CBS Denver (April 20, 2017).


Pueblo County Now Accepting Applications for the World’s First Cannabis Funded College Scholarships,” Paris Carmichael, Pueblo County Board of County Commissioners (February 13, 2017).


Aurora funds new homeless center with marijuana tax revenue,” Web Staff, Fox 31 Denver/Colorado’s Own News 2 (July 19, 2017).


How Colorado’s Booming Marijuana Industry Is Helping Fight Homelessness and Drug Addiction,” Jennifer Calfas, (June 1, 2017).


Opioid Overdose Deaths Fell After Colorado Legalized Weed,” Jesse Hicks, Vice (October 17, 2017).

Public Support

Governor who called legalization ‘reckless’ now says Colorado’s pot industry is working,” David Kelly, Los Angeles Times (May 17, 2016).


This Colorado city declined to allow pot sales. Now it’s having second thoughts,” Kurtis Lee, Los Angeles Times (December 15, 2017).  


“Marcy Morrison, a former Manitou Springs mayor, staunchly opposed legalizing pot back in 2012. “I thought it was terrible,” she said. “But really this has been a learning experience. Legal pot has helped the city.”


Record-High Support for Legalizing Marijuana Use in U.S.,” Justin McCarthy, Gallup News (October 25, 2017).


Poll finds support for marijuana legalization,” Jonathan Easley, The Hill (August 2, 2017).


“Pioneer Pot States Did the Right Thing, Poll Shows,” Matt Ferner, Huffpost (May 20, 2015).


94% of Americans Support Legalizing Medical Marijuana, but Not Congress,” Sean Williams, The Motley Fool (September 2, 2017).


“Pentagon allays fears about local marijuana,” Amy Sweet, The Colorado Springs Journal (June 6, 2013).


Americans strongly oppose enforcement of federal marijuana laws, few approve of Jeff Sessions: new Quinnipiac poll,” Polly Washburn, The Canabist (January 11, 2018)


Colorado Springs Passes Amendment 64, Monica Mendoza, The Gazette (March 1, 2015)

About Citizens for Safer Neighborhoods

Citizens for Safer Neighborhoods wants retail marijuana in the Springs,” Nat Stein, Colorado Springs Independent (July 27, 2017).


Citizens for Safer Neighborhoods Endorses Stormwater Measure – Ballot Issue 2A,” Citizens For Safer Neighborhoods (October 26, 2017).