Houston HIDTA: Assessment of Marijuana Legalization


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The Houston HIDTA published a new report assessing the potential impacts of marijuana legalization on the state.  The report explains why the Houston HIDTA does not support the expansion of access to marijuana, detailing reasons such as increased incidents of drugged driving and rates of youth use, as well as rising THC contents. Read the full report here.

San Diego HIDTA: California Impact Report

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Our colleagues at the San Diego Imperial HIDTA have published a new report on the impacts of marijuana in the state of California.  All four California HIDTA offices contributed to the report, which has excellent information regarding the current impacts of marijuana, as well as the potential impacts on the state of further expanding access to marijuana. Click here to read the full report.


2016 Colorado Impact Report


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Our colleagues at the Rocky Mountain HIDTA have published a new impact report, detailing marijuana’s effects on the state of Colorado.  Visit their site to view the full report, to view past reports, or to learn more about the RMHIDTA and its work.

Rocky Mountain Rebuttal of The Denver Post

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The Rocky Mountain HIDTA has published a rebuttal to an article published in The Denver Post 카지노커뮤니티 that stated that marijuana use rates among teens were flat.  The article stated that a small increase in use among teens was not statistically significant, and the Rocky Mountain report aims to delve deeper into the available data to present a clearer picture.

Read the Denver Post article here, and RMHIDTA’s rebuttal here.

CBS Interviews Ed Shemelya

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In June of 2016, the NMI’s Ed Shemelya was invited to appear on the morning talk show “Great Day Houston.”  He was asked to stay for the entire hour and discussed several topics, including the medicalization of marijuana, increased hospital admissions due to marijuana, and the implications of rising THC concentrations.

The whole program is available in several segments.  This segment provides a good overview of the most critical issues related to marijuana.

Northwest HIDTA: Washington Impact Report

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Our colleagues at the Northwest HIDTA have published a report on the impacts marijuana has had on Washington state since it was legalized there in 2012.  The report’s biggest conclusions were that adults in Washington state rank among the highest users of marijuana in the nation; pot is disrupting the classroom; and cannabis grown in The Evergreen State is being illegally exported across America.  Read the full report at the Northwest HIDTA’s website.

Houston HIDTA Executive Board Meeting

NMI Presentation

This January, the Houston HIDTA Executive Board invited NMI National Coordinator Ed Shemelya to discuss the effects of legalized marijuana that have been observed in Colorado.  Texas law enforcement and public safety officials anticipate a battle over legalizing marijuana during the state’s upcoming 2017 legislative session, and the Houston HIDTA and its partners have made the proactive decision to start preparations early.  Mr. Shemelya’s presentation focused on the increased use of marijuana, especially among teenagers and college-aged adults.  Increased use has a number of side effects, which are harmful for individuals, but which can also pose a threat to broader public health, safety, and productivity, and people should accordingly be aware of these before deciding whether or not legalized marijuana is good for their communities.


Updates to Colorado Impact Report

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The Rocky Mountain HIDTA has published an update to the third volume of their report on the effects of marijuana legalization in Colorado, focusing on the effects of legalization on youth and adult use.  Read the full report, as well as their previous reports, at the Rocky Mountain HIDTA website.

NMI and NETI Issues and Trends Meeting

Meeting Recap

In December, law enforcement personnel, including Appalachia HITDA Director Frank Rapier, gathered alongside policy makers, HIDTA personnel, and industry experts in Lexington, Kentucky to discuss issues surrounding anti-narcotics legislation. The meeting’s participants came from Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, and West Virginia. The discussion was facilitated by Neely Carlton, a former Mississippi state senator. Ms. Carlton led the group in working through issues relating to the process of creating legislation, such as how to identify potential allies, and how to publicly state a group’s position in order to garner support among legislators.

The meeting took a different approach than many past narcotics officers’ conferences, examining opportunities for law enforcement to affect change through policy, rather than through direct enforcement initiatives. Discussions and training on these issues are critical, since topics like the best time to contact a legislator about creating a new law or the most effective ways to ask for support are not often thought of as necessary knowledge for those working in law enforcement. The meeting’s participants discussed their place within the legislative process, and where their ability to influence that process may lie. So far, the meeting’s organizers are receiving very positive feedback and hope to expand this approach for future conferences.