Stupid Stoner Story of the Day
State Senator Ted Harvey appeared on Fox and Friends today to comment on an "informal" poll of 500 people staying at a Denver homeless shelter, 30% of which supposedly moved to the state because of the new laws legalizing marijuana:
I'm skeptical about this fearmongering -- vote for legal weed and it will draw in a bunch of bums to your state! -- for a few reasons. First, the claim itself is little more than the hearsay of annoyed employees at one location. According to CBS, other shelters have not noticed any increases:
The shelter did an informal survey of the roughly 500 new out-of-towners who stayed there between July and September and found as many as 30 percent had relocated for pot, he said.
Shelters in some other parts of the state said they haven't noticed the problem or haven't surveyed their residents about it.
Colorado's homeless population and its marijuana dispensaries are both concentrated in Denver, which could be why centers say they are experiencing a more noticeable rise.
Other factors could be driving the rising homeless rates. Colorado's economy is thriving, but the number of affordable homes and apartments is shrinking.
Julie Smith of Denver's Road Home, a city plan that aims to end homelessness, said the city's rising overall population could be a reason for an increase in the number homeless people.
She said the agency has heard anecdotal reports about homeless people moving to the state for the marijuana, but officials don't have any numbers to support that assertion.
The second reason for skepticism, the Big Rock Candy Mountain of legal weed has already been built for over a decade, further West.