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"Rocky Mountain High...all is not well"

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"Rocky Mountain High...all is not well"
By Mac Owen, National Director Celebrate Recovery, February 26, 2018

Since moving to Colorado about six years ago we have observed some interesting developments in the way people live. Although we live in a little mountain community, we have been influenced by the legalization of recreational marijuana. Last week in a very high-end neighborhood, there was an illegal grow operation that was busted. Someone had rented a home and started growing marijuana illegally. You still have to go through the proper channels to grow marijuana. This is a common occurrence throughout the state and it is affecting the safety of our neighborhoods.
I would like to give you some of the documented statistics that have come out in the last year.
In the years since recreational marijuana has been legalized Colorado has seen an increase in:
marijuana related traffic deaths, poison control calls and emergency room visits.
In 2012, funds were promised from marijuana taxes that would benefit our communities, particularly schools.
However, Dr. Harry Bull, the Superintendent of Cherry Creek Schools, one of the largest school districts in the state said, "So far, the only thing that the legalization of marijuana has brought to our schools has been marijuana."
Excerpts published from an article by Jeff Hunt in USA Today. August 7 2017.
More staggering statistics:

Five years of retail pot coincide with five years of a homelessness growth rate that ranks among the highest rates in the country.


Five years of big marijuana ushered in a doubling in the number of drivers involved in fatal crashes who tested positive for marijuana, based on research by the pro-legalization Denver Post.


Five years of commercial pot have been five years of more marijuana in schools than teachers and administrators ever feared.


"Coloradans need to know, other states need to know, that Colorado is suffering from massive normalization and commercialization of this drug which has resulted in Colorado being the number one state for youth drug use in the country. Kids are being expelled at higher rates, and more road deaths tied to pot have resulted since legalization."

Excerpts published on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | Colorado Springs Gazette Opinion
These statistics for me were "sobering," pun intended. It is a little frightening what is now being considered normal acceptable behavior when it comes to drug use. And, yes, we believe marijuana is a drug. If marijuana is being used recreationally, we, the National Celebrate Recovery Team, do not believe you can get high and experience God's best for your life.
We are not talking about medical marijuana. Can it be used medically in ways no other medication can? We don't know. This is not our area of expertise. We do know that by removing the THC and using the CDBs there has been interesting research about seizures, chemotherapy and other medical issues.
All that we ask, in reading the material above, is that you keep an open mind about the effects that mind altering drugs such as marijuana can have on an individual, communities and our country.
No one should ever be turned away from my Celebrate Recovery because they use marijuana in any form. Even if that's not the reason they came to Celebrate Recovery. When we love and accept people right where they are, we are able to start building relationships. We are able to talk about a better way of life for all of their hurts, hang-ups and habits.
Jesus replied: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." Matthew 22:37 

Rev. Ronald C. Schultz is currently serving as Pastor at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Harbor Beach, Mi. To read Pastor Schultz's complete biography please click here.


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