President Pro-Tem of the City Council in District 5, Colorado Springs
Pro to the question "Should Recreational Marijuana Be Legal?"
"The worst consequence of the marijuana black market is that the safety of our children is imperiled. A black marketer will sell marijuana to our children. A licensed and tax-paying retailer will not. They will not jeopardize their livelihood.
This proof, and other proof readily available from the Colorado Health Department's website, clearly shows that teen marijuana use dips after legalization and that Colorado youths obtain 3 percent of their marijuana from a family member and 2 percent of it with their own MMJ card. That implies that 95 percent of their marijuana is coming from the black market.
And a black marketer sells other drugs, too. Inevitably, a customer requesting his usual ounce of pot will instead be offered heroin or meth. A legal and licensed business, by contrast, will always provide the requested product. When was the last time you went to a liquor store and were told they were out of beer but how about some opioids? Let's be absolutely honest: The gateway to other drugs is not marijuana, it's prohibition."
"Point/Counterpoint: Should Colorado Springs Legalize Recreational Marijuana Sales?," gazette.com, Aug. 20, 2017