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dc.contributor.advisorRichter, Anke
dc.contributor.advisorNieto-Gomez, Rodrigo
dc.contributor.authorSchaub, Michael P.
dc.date.accessioned2019-05-15T19:38:10Z
dc.date.available2019-05-15T19:38:10Z
dc.date.issued2019-03
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/62290
dc.descriptionApproved for public release. distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractMarijuana legalization in Colorado has brought with it many changes, affecting economic, social, and criminal elements. According to law enforcement statistics, cannabis legalization has shown a consistent rise in opioid overdose rates throughout the United States; however, recent scholarly research indicates that states that have legalized marijuana experience a noticeable decrease in opioid overdose rate. This thesis uses case study analysis to answer the question: Does marijuana legalization save lives in Colorado? Through a market-based examination of Mexican drug trafficking organizations, conclusions are drawn on the impact of marijuana legalization vis-à-vis the illicit opioid trade. The author reviews the physical and mental effects of cannabis use on the body and conducts a comparison of Uruguay and Colorado legalization. Best practices from the repeal of Prohibition and Uruguay’s successes with legalization are extrapolated to recommend changes to Denver’s approach to marijuana. Colorado’s experience with legalization, when taken in total with suicides, traffic safety reports, opioid overdoses, and other indicators, is a mixed bag: there is no clear evidence that marijuana legalization saves lives at this point in the state’s history. More data and more accurate testing are needed before conclusions can be drawn.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/legalweedalifesa1094562290
dc.publisherMonterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsCopyright is reserved by the copyright owner.en_US
dc.titleLEGAL WEED: A LIFESAVER?en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs (NSA)
dc.subject.authormarijuanaen_US
dc.subject.authorlegalizationen_US
dc.subject.authorColoradoen_US
dc.subject.authorUruguayen_US
dc.subject.authorpublic healthen_US
dc.description.serviceCivilian, El Paso County Office of Emergency Managementen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Homeland Security and Defense)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.identifier.thesisid31866


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