Study: Third of inmates experiencing homelessness moved to Colorado for legal pot

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Denver Weather Summary: 78 degrees A new study that sheds light on reasons why inmates experiencing homelessness have moved to Colorado since 2012 found that more than a third came because of legalized marijuana. The Colorado Division of Criminal Justice study asked 488 inmates in seven jails — Arapahoe, Denver (city and county jails), El Paso, Larimer, Mesa and Pueblo — about a number of things to examine the proliferation of homelessness in the state’s criminal justice system. When responses for both medical and recreational marijuana were combined, 35.1 percent of inmates experiencing homelessness cited that as the reason they came to Colorado. But marijuana was sixth place, at 18.5 percent, when it came to reasons why those same inmates said they stayed in Colorado. Family, outdoor activities and friends were all higher. The highest number of inmates experiencing homelessness, 44.2 percent, said they came here “to get away from a problem,” while 38.9 percent said it was because of “family.” Study: Third of inmates experiencing homelessness moved to Colorado for legal pot

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