Legalized marijuana turns Colorado resort town into homeless magnet

by Joseph J. Kolb | foxnews  |  published on May 18, 2017

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From his sidewalk vantage point in front of an outdoor equipment store in downtown Durango, Colo., Matthew Marinseck has seen a transformation in this mountain resort town.

The picturesque town near the New Mexico border, once a vibrant, upscale community dotted with luxury hotels, is being overrun by panhandlers – thanks, in part, to the legalization of marijuana.

The town suddenly became a haven for recreational pot users, drawing in transients, panhandlers and a large number of homeless drug addicts, according to officials and business owners. Many are coming from New Mexico, Arizona and even New York.

“Legalized marijuana has drawn a lot of kids here from other states and the impact has not all been good,” said Marinseck, 58, while holding a cardboard sign asking for “help.”

  • Walter Flatt

    WE THE PEOPLE THAT ARE HURT, BILLIONS PAID OUT ON A SERIS OF DIFFERENT AILMENTS, HOMLESS PEOPLE ETC.

    TRUMP IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE USA AND CAN DE-CLASSIFY ANYTHING HE WANT TO REGARDING GET THE JOB DONE. HE NEEDS TO FIRE EVERYONE CONNECTED TO THE DEMOCRATS AND REALLY INVESTIGATE THE BELOW.

    FROM A REGISTERED DEMOCRAT, BUT AN AMERICAN FIRST. PROUDLY, I VOTED FOR TRUMP. I AM 86 AND NEVER SEEN A MORE QUALIFIED PERSON THERE.

    EVERY ONE AND THIS GOVERNMENT HAD BETTER WORRY ABOUT THE MUSLIMS HERE AT HOME ESPECIALLY THE 5 CAMPS IN NORTH VA. CLOSE TO WASHINGTON.

    PUBLIC LAW 414, PAGE 2, SECTION 212, WAS PASSED IN 1952 THAT BANS ALL PEOPLE TRYING TO DESTROY OUR COUNTY, AND MUSLIMS QUALIF TO BE DEPORTED.

    READ THE QURAN, THEIR BIBLE.

    COULD IT BE THAT OBAMA ALONG WITH HILLIARY AND THE NEWS MEDIA, HAVE SET US UP FOR HIM TO LEAD A MUSLIM INVASION OF OUR COUNTRY? IF NOT,

    WHY ARE THERE 5 MUSLIM CAMPS IN N. VIRGINA, CLOSE TO DC. (TAKE OVER WASHINGTON, COULD BE) WE WILL HAVE A LOT OF HEADLESS POLITICIANS IF SO.

    WHY TRY AND BUY UP ALL AMMO AND TAKE OUR GUNS.

    WHY ALLOW IN EXCESS OF 36 MUSLIM CAMPS. (PERHAPS HUNDREDS)

    (BUILD A FEMA CAMP IN EVERY STATE? SOME STATE HAS MORE THAN ONE. BUILT AND SUPPORTED BY YOUR TAX MONEY.

    WHY, WHILE IN OFFICE, DID HE SET HIS CABINET WITH MOSTLY MUSLIMS.

    WHY WAS HILLIARY’S TOP AIDE A RADICAL MUSLIM,

    WHY IS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY FOR A OPEN BORDER. COULD IT BE TO GET FREE DOPE, GOODGLE, THE NEW CLINTON CHRONICLES 2015 AND LISTEN TO IT ALL.

    LAST WHY, DID OBAMA SEND BILLIONS TO HIS MUSLIM FRIENDS.

  • James Maxwell

    Deny it all they want but the facts are plain and have been for a very long
    time. DRUGS KILL, fast or so they KILL. If it was not such a profitable
    crime the Drug cartels would not exist today nor would so many people
    be involved in the Drug Trade, importation, transportation and selling
    of them. It has destroy live across a wide spectrum of our society and
    destroy or effected everyone in our society. Those who support drug
    usage or either using the substance or mentality impaired individuals.

  • Jean Langford M.

    I live in Durango, Colorado…Murder over drugs, panhandlers, crime in general is way up over any symblence of ordinary norms we have seen since the legalization of marijuana…You better insure your vehicle is locked or it will be ransacked….The local politicians and Government are reaping a “GOLDEN ” harvest in money from the trade…The liberal Dumbocraps are pocketing the cash and disregarding the huge criminal repercussions it is bringing to the town…Durango has disappeared from it’s original human setting of pre marijuana days…Best be careful on driving in and around Durango…You might find a “STONER” driving on the wrong side of the road coming straight at you….Just across the New Mexico border in Aztec New Mexico the cops are doing “Busts” as the dope heads buy their drugs and try to smuggle them via vehicles into New Mexico from Durango Colorado…The governor of New Mexico is “NOT ” amused…Neither are the New Mexico cops…But “MONEY ” talks and Bullcrap walks as the saying goes…As the drug trade buys off politicians and flourishes as our City suffers the consequences…So welcome to Durango..See first hand the dregs of society ruin a small picturesque town…Seeing is believing….

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