When Colorado voters legalized the sale of marijuana for recreational use as of last January, the doomsayers lined up to predict the dire consequences of such rampant immorality.
Fictional warning: Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said the number of children using drugs would increase.
Actual fact: Colorado teens reported a two percent decrease in pot smoking according to the last reporting period.
Fictional warning: Former attorney general Edwin Meese and Charles Stimson argued violent crime would surge.
Actual fact: Total ‘Part 1′ crimes in Denver (Homicide, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, auto theft, and arson) decreased 7.9 percent through November 30, 2014, compared to the same period in 2013.
Fictional warning: Kevin Sabet, a former senior White House drug policy adviser, warned of high addiction rates, spikes in traffic accidents.
Actual fact: Colorado roadway deaths dropped by 25 percent in 2014 compared to 2013, the Washington Post reported.
(The above data is taken from a post on the SFGate blog today.)