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O F A L LO W I N G R E C R E AT I O N A L M A R I J U A N A S A L E S I N D E C AT U R

D O N ’ T M A K E D E C AT U R A D R U G D E S T I N AT I O N
Illinois became the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana beginning
January, 2020. The facts are clear, allowing the sale of marijuana can
have dramatic negative impacts on our community. Decatur can join the
growing number of communities across the nation that are ‘opting out’
of allowing recreational marijuana sales within the city limits.
W H AT D O E S D E C AT U R
HAVE TO GAIN FROM
MARIJUANA SALES?
Increased adolescent users
● Increased illegal (black market) sales
● Increased demands on law enforcement
● Increased traffic accidents
● Increased traffic related deaths
● Increased homeless and transient populations
● Increased positive drug tests in the workplace
● Increased organized crime
● Increased drug related hospitalizations

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W H AT W E C A N L E A R N
F R O M OT H E R S TAT E S
S I N C E L E GA L I Z AT I O N I N C O LO R A D O :
● Marijuana use rate among Colorado teens is
50% above the national average;
● Addiction rates among adolescents have
increased 17%, use has increased by 65%;
● Marijuana related traffic deaths increased 151%
while all Colorado traffic deaths increased 35%;
● The yearly rate of emergency department visits
related to marijuana increased 52%;
● From 2005 to 2015, Colorado emergency
departments saw a 3-fold increase in
marijuana-related visits for youth ages 13-21;
● The yearly rate of marijuana-related hospitalizations
increased 148%;
● Violent crime increased 18.6% and property
crime increased 8.3%.

THE MONEY IS A MYTH
In Colorado, legalized marijuana sales have
failed to produce the tax revenues that were
promised.
● Marijuana tax revenue represents approximately
nine tenths of one percent of Colorado’s FY2017
budget.

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C O LO R A D O S TAT E W I D E B U D G E T F Y 2 0 1 7

0.9%

Marijuana Tax Revenue*
(Medical and Recreational) = Nine tenths of one percent
*Revenue from marijuana taxes as a portion of Colorado’s total statewide budget

K N OW T H E FAC T S
Learn more at www.optoutdecatur.com
Paid for by the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association

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