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Aug 27, 2014 11:11 PM by Matt Prichard

Pot spurs homeless movement

Recreational pot spurring the state's homeless population, that according to the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

And with the possibility of it coming to Colorado Springs in the next two years, local shelters are weighing in.

"Our shelter is busier at this time of year than it was last year, but there's less beds in town. And so we're not sure, besides the less beds, if marijuana is the cause of that or not," said Colorado Springs Salvation Army spokesman, Major Richard Larson.

The group's study shows that between the summers of 2013 and 2014, the Salvation Army saw 75 more people coming in per-night.

And although they say there's no proof that pot is to blame, people around team seem to think there is something to it.

"It makes sense that it would attract all kinds of people, all walks of life. So I think it would impact the homeless population to an extent, and probably the homeless shelters as well," said Colorado Springs resident, Tony Jarrell.

"I think it would tax infrastructure, I think it could be a problem for the local community if homeless people came here just so they could buy recreational pot. As opposed to coming to this community to get up on their feet, trained, and employed," said Colorado Springs resident, Xi Lee.

Still there is no definite connection between pot and the homeless population, something Major Larson says he hopes people will keep in mind before passing judgement.

"There's many reasons for homelessness, marijuana could be one of them. But alcohol could be too, financial, jobs....there's a lot of reasons why people are homeless. And a lot of times it isn't because of a choice," said Major Larson.

Whether recreational pot makes it to Colorado Springs remains to be seen, but certainly this will continue to be a topic of conversation as more and more cities approve the recreational dispensaries. 

 

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