Rocky Mountain Low: The Downside of Legalized Marijuana

DENVER — When Colorado legalized recreational marijuana in 2014, many people worried. The opposition came from a wide range of organizations — including grassroots groups, law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church.

Three years later, the results are in.

“It has changed society tremendously, and not for the good,” said Deacon Ernest Martinez of Denver, a police command officer for the Denver Police Department for 35 years.

“Every statistical study has seen an increase in marijuana use,” he said. “There has been an increase in youths going to rehab for addiction to marijuana. There have been increases in car accidents. There has been more at