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Free $500 drawing at Vaca Hi Music Tuesday night bingo
Pace to host 4th of July Independence Day Bingo Special
$400 Million Elk Grove Casino gets go ahead from BIA & Ca. Governor
Supreme Court strikes down federal law prohibiting sports gambling
Napa Band Bingo to celebrate 35th anniversary Saturday, July 7th
Hard Rock still looking at New Jersey casino near NY City
For just $5 Vets can get acknowledgement on drivers license
Costs from marijuana legalization are higher than thought

 

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Free $500 drawing at Vaca Hi Music Tuesday night bingo

VACAVILLE—The volunteers at the Vacaville H.S. Music Boosters Bingo will kick it up a notch at their session on Tuesday, July 10th. Each player attending that night will receive a free Daub Card game sheet with their paid admission. The extra game will be played during the evening for a prize of $200.

Attached to each of the free Daub Card game sheets will be a special drawing ticket. One winner will be selected from all the tickets and receive a cash prize of $500. Players will receive additional Daub Card game sheets at each Vaca Valley Bingo hall session one week prior to July 10th.

Other fun bingo promotions on Tuesday nights during July will include all Special games paying out $350 at the session scheduled for Tuesday, July 3rd. On Tuesday, July 17th, the volunteers will pay out $1,000 to lucky winners on the Trifecta game.

End of the Month drawings for cash and free bingo will be held on July 31st. Players will win lots of prizes of cash and free bingo certificates.

Each Tuesday session starts off with three Buck-A-Roo games that pay out $500 each to the winners. Players will enjoy these special sessions as the buy-in is just $25. The special program was introduced in last year and will continue in indefinitely.

Regular session games will pay out $250 to the winners. The three-part Trifecta game pays out $750 and three are three special speed games that pay out $100 to the winners. There are lots of flashboard games that pay out $250 up to $1,199 during the evening session. And the Treasure Hunt special game pays $500.

The Vacaville H.S. Music Boosters Bingo volunteers continue the Blind G-Ball free game with the jackpot currently at $2,500 as we went to press.

Players can also join in each night and play the Bonus Ball game. For only $1, players get a chance to win $250 or the Baby Bonus Ball jackpot of a lesser amount.

Players also enjoy several games of Tic Tac and Grand Slam games that are played prior to and during each regular weekly session. Players may also join in and play the many Flashboard and popular $1,000 Grand Slam games at each session.

The Vaca Valley Bingo hall is located at 190 Bella Vista Road, at the East bound I-80 and Davis Street exit. The Vaca Valley Bingo hall features separate glass enclosed smoking and non smoking rooms and the full service snack bar. There is always free coffee for bingo players. A great snack bar is also open at 4:00 p.m. with hot dinner specials, side orders, desserts and soft drinks.

Doors open each Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. and the Early Birds start at 6:30 p.m. No electronic bingo machines are used a the Vaca Valley Bingo hall. For more information, call (707) 449-4646.

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$400 Million Elk Grove Casino gets go ahead from BIA & Ca. Governor

      SACRAMENTO—Recently Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1606, giving the Wilton Rancheria Tribe the go-ahead to build a $400 million casino in Elk Grove, which became a hotly contested issue in the community over the last couple years.

      “I thank the governor for signing the ratification bill and applaud my colleagues in both the Assembly and the Senate for their vote in favor of the compact,” said Assembly member Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove, who introduced the bill. “The Wilton Rancheria project is vital to the future prosperity of Elk Grove and will create thousands of good-paying jobs for the entire Sacramento region.”

      The Wilton Rancheria Casino will be built on 36 acres of land near Highway 99 and Kammerer Road. It will include a 12-story resort and casino, complete with 300 rooms and 30,000 square-feet of event space.

      The project will create more than 1,600 construction jobs, 1,750 full-time casino and hotel jobs and 3,000 other direct and indirect jobs, Cooper's office said.

      “We look forward to continuing our work with the community of Elk Grove and the greater Sacramento region to create jobs, a great destination resort and to help our tribe achieve self-sufficiency," Wilton Rancheria Chairman Raymond C. Hitchcock said.

      The city of Elk Grove is now one giant step closer to becoming the home of a very controversial casino. The Wilton Rancheria tribe announced Tuesday that it now has the approval of the U.S. government to proceed, changing the odds for a gambling center that could alter the face of Elk Grove forever.

      After nearly 60 years of being landless, the Wilton Rancheria tribe has just received the green light from the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs to develop a luxury resort and casino on 36 acres at the so-called “ghost mall” in Elk Grove.

      “You're going to have a 302-room luxury hotel,” Hitchcock said, adding that the project includes a “30,000-plus square-foot convention center for concerts and banquets, 2,000 slots and 84 gaming tables and fine dining restaurants.”

      Hitchcock said the casino resort project is “going to bring over 2,000 jobs for the Elk Grove area, millions of dollars for the city of Elk Grove and the county of Sacramento -- and provide tribal opportunities for over 750 tribal members for services and programs.”

      “We now have a home!” said Raymond Hitchcock, to the cheers of dozens of members from Wilton Rancheria.

      The prospect of new jobs is a promising one for tribal member Sammy Espinoza, who is looking for work.

      “I'm just going to try to do something in the casino -- maybe the casino floor -- or do something in there that I would like to do,” Espinoza said.

      Because the 36 acres have now been placed into a federal trust, the city of Elk Grove has no jurisdiction over the casino site. It’s now on sovereign land purchased for $36 million by Boyd Gaming, Wilton Rancheria’s partner.

      The property is just a few steps north of the abandoned Outlet Collection mall along Highway 99 that is owned by the Howard Hughes Corporation.

      In a statement to KCRA 3, the Howard Hughes Corporation said, “We continue to receive positive feedback from the retail community about the proposed casino resort and are certain the forward movement will be important to our leasing efforts.”

      But, many Elk Grove residents strongly oppose having a gambling center in their town.

      “I don't think it’s good for our community,” resident Russell Thogmartin said. “I think they just sold the soul of Elk Grove, if you want to know the truth.” One of the biggest concerns is traffic congestion, along with fears of an increase in crime.

      “My daughter works for a casino, and I can tell you, it creates a lot of problems,” Elk Grove resident Karen Ridgeway said. “I tell you, I don’t think I want something like that -- that close.”

      It will take several years for the casino project to be fully developed and built out. But first, it needs final approval from the California Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown.

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Napa Band Bingo to celebrate 35th anniversary Saturday, July  7th

      NAPA—Get your daubers ready for a big Saturday night special Anniversary session. The Saturday night Napa High Instrumental Music Bingo began its long run at Ridgeview Junior High School 35 years ago in 1983. During those years many directors have led the group, Flo and Wendy will long be remembered as player favorites. 

      The current Bingo Director Denise Parks, has announced their 35th Anniversary session will be played on Saturday, July 7th. A free dinner will be served to all who attend the session. Doors at the Bingo Emporium will open at 4:00 p.m. and seating will be first come, first served.

      Service for the dinner will begin at 4:30 p.m. and the first bingo game will be played at 6:15 p.m. with the Warm-Up game. And players should note that the Napa High School Music Players will arrive during the evening and perform a thank you short program for bingo players.

      Anniversary session buy-in has been set at $60 and will provide players with a fully loaded electronic bingo machine, special games paper and up to five 6-on paper game packs. In addition, players will receive game sheets for several free games that will be played during the evening and pay out $200 to the lucky winners. All regular games will pay out $250 and there will be lots of flashboard games that will pay out up to $1,199.

      The Grand Ole Flag special progressive game is guaranteed to pay out at least $350 as a consolation. When not won,  the jackpot goes up $50 a week and will cap at $1,199.00, paying out the jackpot if the Bingo occurs on a STAR.

      Napa High Bingo also pays up to $4,000 on their Instrument Jackpot Drawing, with two drawings every Saturday Night. The last winner went home with over $3,000 in their pocket!

      All Saturday night bingo proceeds support the students in the Instrumental Music program at Napa High School and helps to pay for everything from sheet music to instrument repairs. The students depend on you, our bingo players to keep the program going!

      The charities at the Napa Town & Country Bingo Emporium want to remind everyone that a new snack bar is open at each session to serve players some excellent food and specials nightly.

      The Rebel Dog Café offers the popular Dress Your Own Dog along with other menu items such as Fish & Chips, Bowl of Chili along with chips, soda, water and assorted candy bars.

            Players enjoy free coffee, and fresh popped popcorn. For additional information, call (707) 252-5420 after 3:00 p.m. and find us on Face Book and Instagram.

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High speed rail is the best reason to repeal the gas and car tax hike

     Would you trust a surgeon who has a history of amputating the wrong limb? Of course not. For the same reason, California taxpayers should not trust our state politicians with more transportation dollars. Let’s get one thing clear from the outset. Any spending on the California high-speed rail project is, by definition, transportation spending. Therefore, any discussion about the wisdom of repealing the gas tax cannot ignore what the state of California has done with its “showcase” transportation project.

     The complete dysfunction of HSR is no longer in dispute.

The latest development is the failure of the HSR authority to issue its revised business plan to the California Legislature as required by law. Its excuse? The authority is in the midst of hiring staff so it can’t issue a timely report. Besides being a complete non sequitur, one would think that the hiring of additional staff would be a reason to issue a report as soon as possible.

Moreover, this latest shortcoming is consistent with the authority’s continued aversion to transparency. Just last month, Republican legislators called for an emergency audit when it became evident that just the Central Valley segment of the project was $1.7 billion over budget. While that request was denied, this week Democratic legislator Jim Beall joined with Republicans seeking a comprehensive audit when it was revealed that the Central Valley segment was actually a stunning $2.8 billion over budget.

     Would you trust a surgeon who has a history of amputating the wrong limb? Of course not. For the same reason, California taxpayers should not trust our state politicians with more transportation dollars. Let’s get one thing clear from the outset. Any spending on the California high-speed rail project is, by definition, transportation spending. Therefore, any discussion about the wisdom of repealing the gas tax cannot ignore what the state of California has done with its “showcase” transportation project.

     The complete dysfunction of HSR is no longer in dispute.

     The latest development is the failure of the HSR authority to issue its revised business plan to the California Legislature as required by law. Its excuse? The authority is in the midst of hiring staff so it can’t issue a timely report. Besides being a complete non sequitur, one would think that the hiring of additional staff would be a reason to issue a report as soon as possible.

     Moreover, this latest shortcoming is consistent with the authority’s continued aversion to transparency. Just last month, Republican legislators called for an emergency audit when it became evident that just the Central Valley segment of the project was $1.7 billion over budget. While that request was denied, this week Democratic legislator Jim Beall joined with Republicans seeking a comprehensive audit when it was revealed that the Central Valley segment was actually a stunning $2.8 billion over budget.

     Many who originally supported the high-speed rail project have had a dramatic change of heart. Quentin Kopp, a former state senator and High Speed Rail Authority chairman, is now vigorously opposed, noting that “this is not what the voters approved.” Likewise, the San Jose Mercury News this week ran an editorial entitled, “Stop the California Bullet Train in its Tracks.”

    The foolishness of the project is especially evident when considering that one of its main purposes was the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Indeed, that justification is why the project is currently being funded almost exclusively by “cap-and-trade” funds that are generated by the sale of “carbon credits,” a hidden tax on energy.

    But ironically, even the respected, nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office notes that the project is a net greenhouse gas producer. If the state of California were more serious about GHG emissions, it would direct those funds into more traditional transportation projects including road improvements and lane capacity. Stopped traffic produces more pollution than traffic that moves.

    Despite the higher gas and car taxes that drivers have been paying since November, a new report by the State Auditor says transportation infrastructure remains one of the “high risk” issues facing California. Why? Because of uncertainty about the “effective and efficient use” of the money collected from the tax hikes.

    In short, our current political leadership, which jammed the massive car and gas tax increase down our throats without a vote of the people, has no credibility whatsoever as acceptable stewards of transportation dollars. And as long the high-speed rail project continues, they never will.

Jon Coupal is president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

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Pace to host 4th of July Independence Day Bingo Special

VACAVILLE—What better way to celebrate our nation’s 242nd birthday, than playing bingo at the Vaca Valley Bingo on Wednesday, the July 4th holiday.

The Pace Bingo volunteers will host a special 4th of July bingo session. The hall doors will open at 12 noon and the session will start at 2:30 p.m. Bingo play will be finish in plenty of time for everyone to get to their favorite 4th of July fireworks show.

Players will enjoy bingo game jackpots paying out $1,000 and $500. Paper pack games will pay out $500 to the winners and the fun strip game cards will have payout jackpots of $1,000.

Admission for the 4th of July Bingo Special has been set at just $35. Players will be able to purchase additional paper packs as well as more strip game cards after the initial buy-in purchase.

The Pace Bingo volunteers have also announced they will increase the payout to $500 on all Special games at each of their Friday evening sessions during July.

On Fridays July 6th and July 20th, the Pace Bingo volunteers will host their popular Late Night Strip Sessions. Strip session games pay out $500 on paper games and $1,000 on the Strip game cards.

Admission for the Late Night Strip game sessions is only $50 and players receive two of each of the ten Strip game sheets and four paper game packs. Admission buy-ins begin at 10:15 p.m. and the session starts at 11 p.m.

In July, players will continue to enjoy the Monday night Mini Combo sessions. Guests play the 5-on strip game cards. The Mini Combo sessions start with the Early Birds at 6:30 p.m. Buy-in continues to be only $24 with paper games paying out $250 and Strip games paying out $350.

Sunday evening Pace Bingo sessions feature the regular Combo bingo sessions. Paper games pay out $250 with Strip games paying out $500 each. The final two Strip games will pay out $500, $750 or $1,000 depending on the face the winning numbers appear. Note that the Sunday evening session begin at 5:30 p.m.

Players should note that there will not be a Wednesday matinee session on July 4th. On Wednesday morning, July 11th, players will enjoy the In The Monitor game. When a bingo number appears in the monitor, but has not been called, that player will win free bingo matching what they are playing. On Wednesday morning, July 18th, players will receive a pack of specials free with their paid admission.

Each Wednesday evening, the Pace Bingo volunteers host a regular session of bingo the includes a special Winners Game paying out $500. On July 11th, each player with a paid admission will receive a free specials pack. On Wednesday July 18th players will receive a free pack of Early Bird games with their paid admission. Also on July 18th, players will enjoy the free $200 Daub card game.

The Pace Solano Bingo volunteers host five sessions each week at the Vaca Valley Bingo hall starting on Sunday with an evening session starting at 5:00 p.m. The Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening sessions are at the regular start time of 6:30 p.m. Pace also hosts a popular Wednesday Matinee session starting with the Warm-Up games at 10:00 a.m. The regular games get underway at the Matinee session at 12 noon.

End of the month drawings for cash and free bingo will be held on the last session day of the month. All Pace sessions are played at the Vaca Valley Bingo hall, 190 Bella Vista Road, just off the Davis Street exit from eastbound I-80. For more information call (707) 449-4646.

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For just $5 Vets can get acknowledgement on drivers license

            Solano County’s 33,500 veterans and the 11,000 veterans in Napa County are now eligible to receive a driver’s license acknowledging their service in the United States Armed Forces, through a new statewide program.

Beginning Nov. 12, the Department of Motor Vehicles will be issuing driver’s licenses with the word “veteran” on them to those who qualify, Napa and Solano County officials said.

Napa veterans can visit the Napa County Veterans Service Office (CVSO), at 650 Imperial Way in downtown Napa, and complete the DMV application.

Veterans will need a certified copy of their discharge papers (DD-214) showing they received anything other than a dishonorable discharge or that they served in a Guard or Reserve component and were mobilized for federal active duty.

            Solano County vets can stop by the Solano County Veterans Service Office for an official application form, which they can take to the DMV starting Nov. 12 to get the new veteran driver’s license. Solano County Director of Veterans Services Ted Puntillo asks that vets bring a copy of their DD-214 paperwork to get the form.

            The new driver’s license means veterans will no longer need to carry their discharge papers to show proof of military service, officials said.

            The CVSO will verify the documents and approve the application, which can then be submitted to the DMV. There is a $5 fee to have the veteran designation placed on a driver’s license, on top of the normal renewal fees, officials said. Veterans who are not due for renewal can obtain a new license for a $35 replacement fee.

The CVSO can order copies of discharge papers. Veterans who visit the office can also discuss their eligibility for federal, state and local benefits. To date, Solano County Vet Services has already helped more than 100 vets obtain the application form, officials said.

            For more Napa information, call 707-253-4558. In Solano, call, (707) 784-6590. Contact Rachel Raskin-Zrihen at (707) 553-6824.

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Supreme Court strikes down federal law prohibiting sports gambling

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Supreme Court struck down a federal law that prohibits sports gambling Monday, May 14th in a landmark decision that gives states the go-ahead to legalize betting on sports, according to reports appearing on ESPN and A.P.

The court ruled 6-3 to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a 1992 law that barred state-authorized sports gambling with some exceptions. It made Nevada the only state where a person could wager on the results of a single game.

States that want to offer legal sports betting may now do so, and New Jersey plans to be first. Delaware, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia are among the states expected to quickly get into the legal bookmaking game.

The court ruled in favor of New Jersey and against the NCAA, NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball, capping a nearly six-year legal battle and overturning a federal statute that the sports leagues had adamantly stood by for more than 20 years.

"Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own," the court wrote its opinion. “Our job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution. PASPA is not.”

The league’s first sued former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in August 2012 and won every step of the way—until June, when the Supreme Court decided to take the case. Oral arguments were heard Dec. 4, and the justices ruled five months later.

Christie tweeted after the ruling that it was a “great day for the rights of states and their people to make their own decisions.”

New Jersey's current governor, Phil Murphy, also cheered the ruling, saying he was "thrilled" to see the high court strike down the "arbitrary ban." He said in a statement that he looks forward to working with the legislature to "enact a law authorizing and regulating sports betting in the very near future."

The impact will be widespread. For nearly 26 years, Nevada has been the only state allowed to offer a full menu of sports betting options. A record $4.8 billion was wagered at Nevada sportsbooks in 2017.

New Jersey, with its much larger population, is expecting even bigger things. So are other states, with more than a dozen having introduced sports betting bills this year.

As the case played out over the past six years, the NBA and MLB pivoted their position on expanding legal sports betting and began lobbying on the issue in several states, including Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, New York and West Virginia.

"We remain in favor of a federal framework that would provide a uniform approach to sports gambling in states that choose to permit it, but we will remain active in ongoing discussions with state legislatures," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. "Regardless of the particulars of any future sports betting law, the integrity of our game remains our highest priority."

MLB said in a statement that the ruling will have "profound effects" and that it will "continue to seek the proper protections for our sport, in partnership with other professional sports."

"Our most important priority is protecting the integrity of our games," MLB's statement said. "We will continue to support legislation that creates air-tight coordination and partnerships between the state, the casino operators and the governing bodies in sports toward that goal."

The NFL, NHL and NCAA, on the other hand, have sat on the sideline awaiting the ruling.

"The NFL's long-standing and unwavering commitment to protecting the integrity of our game remains absolute," the league said. "Congress has long-recognized the potential harms posed by sports betting to the integrity of sporting contests and the public confidence in these events. Given that history, we intend to call on Congress again, this time to enact a core regulatory framework for legalized sports betting. We also will work closely with our clubs to ensure that any state efforts that move forward in the meantime protect our fans and the integrity of our game."

Tony Clark, the head of the Major League Baseball Players Association, called the ruling "monumental, with far-reaching implications for baseball players and the games we love." Clark said the topic must be addressed "urgently and thoughtfully to avoid putting our sport's integrity at risk as states proceed with legislation."

The U.S. joins other jurisdictions that allow legal sports betting, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and France.

To start, it's likely that bets will have to be placed at brick-and-mortar establishments, but states are making plans to offer mobile sports betting in the future.

One research firm estimated before the ruling that if the Supreme Court were to strike down PASPA, 32 states would likely offer sports betting within five years. The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans illegally wager about $150 billion on sports each year.

Geoff Freeman, the president and CEO of the American Gaming Association, said in a statement that the court's decision is "a victory for the millions of Americans who seek to bet on sports in a safe and regulated manner."

"Today's ruling makes it possible for states and sovereign tribal nations to give Americans what they want: an open, transparent, and responsible market for sports betting," Freeman said. "Through smart, efficient regulation this new market will protect consumers, preserve the integrity of the games we love, empower law enforcement to fight illegal gambling, and generate new revenue for states, sporting bodies, broadcasters and many others."

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Hard Rock still looking at New Jersey casino near NY City

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— Even after spending a half-billion dollars on an Atlantic City casino, Hard Rock still hopes to build one in northern New Jersey near New York City one day.

Hard Rock CEO Jim Allen said the company has made significant investments of money and time preparing for casino gambling at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford.

“We have an ownership in the Meadowlands, and we have an exclusive right to operate the (casino) gaming operation there,” he said.

A proposal to allow that was resoundingly defeated by voters in 2016. But Allen said the company has not dropped the idea.

Speaking Thursday at the opening of Hard Rock’s new casino at what used to be the Trump Taj Mahal, Allen said every study projects a casino at the Meadowlands would do well, with 14 million people living within 50 miles of it.

An media analysis of the Meadowlands casino proposal in 2016 found it could be among the most successful in the country - at least until a casino is opened in New York City itself, if that ever happens.

Jeff Gural, who operates the Meadowlands track, estimates a Meadowlands casino would take in $800 million to $900 million a year from gamblers, ranking it among the most successful in the nation. Some analysts think a Meadowlands casino could exceed $1 billion in annual revenue, at least before it has a nearby competitor in northern New Jersey.

And since that time, the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for all 50 states to legalize sports betting, which New Jersey quickly did. The Meadowlands plans to start taking sports bets on July 15.

Allen’s comments Thursday echoed those he made right after the statewide referendum was defeated by roughly 80 percent to 20 percent. But key details about the project were never spelled out, including precisely where the casinos would go and the rate at which they would be taxed.

And at least for now, there remains little appetite among the state’s Democratic-controlled Legislature to try again for another public vote on casino expansion. New Jersey’s constitution restricts casino gambling to Atlantic City; changing that would require a constitutional amendment.

New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney told the AP in December that casino expansion is on the back burner, at best.

“I don’t see it anytime soon, if ever,” he said at the time. “I don’t see any way where it comes back; it was crushed.”

Sweeney said he can’t guarantee a future state Senate president won’t try to revive a public vote.

“I just don’t see it reasonably coming back and making sense,” he said.

Sweeney reiterated that stance on Friday. Hard Rock was one of two shuttered Atlantic City casinos that sprang back to life Thursday. The former Revel casino, which closed in Sept. 2014, reopened as the Ocean Resort Casino.

The Trump Taj Mahal closed in October 2016, and Hard Rock bought it from former owner Carl Icahn in March 2017. While reiterating his company’s long-term plan of developing a Meadowlands casino, Allen said it is committed to making its Atlantic City property a success.

“If that (Meadowlands casino) looks like it’s going to happen, we will certainly not forget about the half-billion dollars we have invested in this building,” he said.

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Costs from marijuana legalization are higher than thought

appeared in the Wall Street Journal

Marijuana is now legal in 25 states for medicinal purposes and in four for recreational use. Voters in another five have a chance on Nov. 8 to legalize the retail consumption of pot, but the evidence rolling in from these real-time experiments should give voters pause to consider the consequences.

In 2012 Colorado and Washington voters legalized recreational pot, followed by Alaska and Oregon two years later. Initiatives this year in California, Arizona, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts would allow businesses to sell and market pot to adults age 21 and older.

Adults could possess up to one ounce (more in Maine) and grow six marijuana plants. Public consumption would remain prohibited, as would driving under the influence. Marijuana would be taxed at rates from 3.75% in Massachusetts to 15% in the western states, which would license and regulate retailers.

Marijuana is a Schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970, which prohibits states from regulating possession, use, distribution and sale of narcotics. However, the Justice Department in 2013 announced it wouldn’t enforce the law in states that legalize pot. Justice also promised to monitor and document the outcomes, which it hasn’t done. But someone should, because evidence from Colorado and Washington compiled by the nonprofit Smart Approaches to Marijuana suggests that legalization isn’t achieving what supporters promised.

One problem is that legalization and celebrity glamorization have removed any social stigma from pot and it is now ubiquitous. Minors can get pot as easily a six pack. Since 2011 marijuana consumption among youth rose by 9.5% in Colorado and 3.2% in Washington even as it dropped 2.2% nationwide. The Denver Post reports that a “disproportionate share” of marijuana businesses are in low-income and minority communities. Many resemble candy stores with lollipops, gummy bears and brownies loaded with marijuana’s active ingredient known as THC.

The science of how THC affects young minds is still evolving. However, studies have shown that pot use during adolescence can shave off several IQ points and increase the risk for schizophrenic breaks. One in six kids who try the drug will become addicted, a higher rate than for alcohol. Pot today is six times more potent than 30 years ago, so it’s easier to get hooked and high.

Employers have also reported having a harder time finding workers who pass drug tests. Positive workplace drug tests for marijuana have increased 178% nationwide since 2012. The construction company GE Johnson says it is recruiting construction workers from other states because it can’t find enough in Colorado to pass a drug test.

Honest legalizers admitted that these social costs might increase but said they’d be offset by fewer arrests and lower law enforcement costs. Yet arrests of black and Hispanic youth in Colorado for pot-related offenses have soared 58% and 29%, respectively, while falling 8% for whites.

The share of pot-related traffic deaths has roughly doubled in Washington and increased by a third in Colorado since legalization, and in the Centennial State pot is now involved in more than one of five traffic fatalities. Calls to poison control for overdoses have jumped 108% in Colorado and 68% in Washington since 2012.

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman has said that “criminals are still selling on the black market,” in part because state taxes make legal marijuana pricier than on the street. Drug cartels have moved to grow marijuana in the states or have switched to trafficking in more profitable drugs like heroin.

One irony is that a Big Pot industry is developing even as tobacco smokers are increasingly ostracized. The Arcview Group projects that the pot market could triple over four years to $22 billion. Pot retailers aren’t supposed to market specifically to kids, though they can still advertise on the radio or TV during, say, a college football game. Tobacco companies have been prohibited from advertising on TV since 1971.

The legalization movement is backed by the likes of George Soros and Napster co-founder Sean Parker, and this year they are vastly outspending opponents. No wonder U.S. support for legalizing marijuana has increased to 57% from 32% a decade ago, according to the Pew Research Center.

We realize it’s déclassé to resist this cultural imperative, and maybe voters think the right to get high when you want is worth the social and health costs of millions of more stoners. Then again, since four states have volunteered to be guinea pigs, maybe other states should wait and see if these negative trends continue.

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