The Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, a federally funded law enforcement group with an admitted anti-marijuana bias, has published the fifth volume in a series of reports about the impact of cannabis legalization on Colorado. Predictably, the new analysis, accessible below, is crammed with shocking statistics, and while many of the claims, including ones pertaining to an alleged spike in youth marijuana use in the state, aren’t supported by other, more reliable studies, expect them to be touted by the roll-back-the-pot-legalization-clock crowd anyway.
RMHIDTA describes itself on its website as “an important component of the President’s National Drug Control Strategy.” It’s said to provide “additional federal resources to those areas to help eliminate or reduce drug trafficking and its harmful consequences. Law enforcement organizations…assess drug trafficking problems and design specific initiatives to reduce or eliminate the production, manufacture, transportation, distribution and chronic use of illegal drugs and money laundering” in an effort to “reduce drug trafficking & related crime and violence.”
The local branch of the organization is operated under the supervision of director Tom Gorman, who has acknowledged in this space that some of the data assembled by the RMHIDTA is opinion-based, meaning it may not pass muster in a scientific survey. But in his view, the studies allow folks “to look at trends over a period of time to see if this data supports other data.”
The first edition of “The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact” was released during the summer of 2013; much of its focus was on what was characterized as the increasing number of Colorado pot seizures beyond state lines. Part two, released in August 2014, argued that pot-related driving fatalities were up 100 percent in five years. Part three, which was teased in the run-up to 4/20/2015, continued its jihad