Colorado sees rise in number of homeless after cannabis legalised

By July 28, 2014 Recent News

The Telegraph 28 July 2014
Colorado’s legalisation of cannabis has led to an increase in the number of young people living on the streets, local shelters have said.

The US state made history in January this year by becoming the first in the world to open stores licensed to sell marijuana legally.

Proponents of the amendment cited medical benefits of the drug, while critics warned of possible knock-on effects of its sudden legalisation.

Six months on, charities have said they are dealing with an influx of young homeless, many of them cannabis users.

One organisation dealing with an increase in visitors is Urban Peak, which provides food, shelter and other services to homeless people aged 15 to 24 in Denver and Colorado Springs.

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