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Perspective from states that already have legal recreational pot

Pot is already legal in 10 states, and Washington D.C.

Pot, weed, Mary Jane, whatever you call it, marijuana is legal recreationally in ten states and Washing ton D.C.

Colorado led that charge in 2014 and they legalized medicinal marijuana in 2009.

Reporter Rick Sallinger who has covered legal marijuana stories extensively in Denver said he's seen the bad side.

"We've had problems dealing with marijuana edibles, armed robberies from stores because they're cash-only, people driving while high and causing fatal accidents, black market growths in which homes are turned into grow-houses and then the marijuana is shipped out of state," said Sallinger.

The Colorado Department of Public Safety says the number of traffic-related deaths involving marijuana went up 11% from 2013 to 2017.

"Here in Colorado we've had numerous instances of people driving while high. People that have had marijuana in their system and causing fatal accidents. In one case a woman and her children were killed," said Sallinger.

New York County Sheriff's highlighted those concerns in a news conference Thursday, but New York's Health Department studied the issue and found essentially the positives outweigh the negatives.

Reed Andrews, a reporter with our sister station in Portland, Oregon, saw where marijuana is also legal has seen financial benefits.

"Right now it's just brought in about a hundred million dollars in tax revenue. It has exceeded expectations and the black market is not as robust as initially thought," explained Andrews, "the state projections were it would take about ten to 12 years for legal sales to outweigh illegal sales and so far that's happened in the past three and a half years.


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