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Vanden Bingo to feature $500 Special game prizes
Free $500 drawing at Tuesday Vaca High night bingo
3 Friday Late Nite Strip sessions at Pace Solano Bingo in August
Supreme Court strikes down federal law prohibiting sports gambling
Napa Bingo Emporium to go dark during T & C Fair
Reasons to repeal the California Gasoline Tax
For just $5 Vets can get acknowledgement on drivers license
Costs from marijuana legalization are higher than thought

 

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Vanden Bingo to feature $500 Special game prizes

VACAVILLE—The volunteers at the popular Thursday night Vanden H.S. Viking Bingo, will kick it up a bit and pay out $500 to the lucky winners of special games on Thursday, August 2nd and again on Thursday, August 16th.

At press time the progressive jackpots are getting up there nicely. The free progressive “T” game was sitting at $8,100 and the new half time Vanden Match game was sitting at $800.

The fun On Edge Early Bird games will be played on Thursday, August 9th. Up for grabs for the winners will be cash bonus' of $50, $100 and $150 for a bingo on the edge of the card.

The fun Four Eyes Special games will be featured on Thursday, August 23rd. A bingo in the "I" row will have a special bonus payout of 4 times the jackpot prize.

End of the Month drawings will be held on Thursday, August 30th. And besides the regular prizes of cash and free bingo, there will be Super Royal Court drawings.

The Vanden High School Viking Bingo volunteers host their evening session each Thursday evening starting with the Early Bird games at 6:30 p.m. The regular bingo session starts at 7:00 p.m. Admission starts at $14 for a single six-on paper game pack. Players can purchase a 5-pack package for $39 and extra packs may be added to that.

For just one dollar, players can join in and play for the Bonus Ball jackpots. Each Bonus Ball pays out $250 with the exception of the Baby Ball. After a regular game is closed, the caller will draw a ball and signify it as the Bonus Ball. When the Bonus Ball matches one of the current posted numbers, the players who have purchased the $1 Bonus Ball ticket, will receive the cash prize. Multiple winners will divide the Bonus Ball prize equally.

All regular bingo games pay out $250 to the lucky winners. There are lots of unscheduled flashboard games that pay out up to $1,199 to the lucky winners.

Don't forget to ask the volunteers about joining the Vanden Winners Club. Vanden Viking Bingo sessions are played at the Vaca Valley Bingo hall, 190 Bella Vista Road, just off the I-80 Davis Street Exit in Vacaville. For more information, call (707) 449-4646. And see us on Twitter!

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3 Friday Late Nite Strip sessions at Pace Solano Bingo in August

VACAVILLE—Late Night bingo players will be kick’n it in the month of August. The Pace Solano Bingo volunteers have announced they will host three sessions of Late Night Strip Session bingo events. Mark your calendars now for Fridays, August 3rd, 17th and 31st.

Late Night Strip session buy-ins start at 10:15 p.m. for each session and the regular admission is $50. Players receive two each ten strip games and four paper game sheets. The Strip games pay out $1,000 and the paper games pay out $500 to the winners.

A special Summer Sessions will be held starting on Friday and Wednesday evenings starting in August. At press time, details were not available.

The Pace Bingo volunteers will also add a special Buck-A-Roo game to all the Wednesday morning sessions in August. Free game cards will be given to those players who purchase their admission packs by 11:00 a.m.

Free $200 Daub Card game will be played on Friday evening, August 3rd and on Sunday evening, April 26th. Free game cards are given out to players at each session one week prior to the date of the game. Spin To Win will be held at each Friday night session and the free $500 Winners game will be played for the last time at on Wednesday evening August 1st.

The Mini Combo sessions will be featured at each regularly scheduled Monday evening Pace Bingo session in August. 18 games of bingo will be played and the payouts range from $250 up to $500. Admission is only $25 for three 6-on paper game packs, two strip game cards and 2 paper games. Extra paper and extra strip cards will be available.

The popular Sunday evening Combo sessions will continue in August. Each Sunday evening, the Combo Bingo session featuring bingo games paying $250 and Strip games up to $500. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. and the session begins at 5:00 p.m. Buy-in is just $35 and includes three paper packs and two of each of eight Strip game sheets. Paper games pay $250 and the Strip games pay $500 to the lucky winners.

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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Napa Bingo Emporium to go dark during T & C Fair

      NAPA—Players should make a note that the four charity bingo sessions played each week at the Napa Bingo Emporium will take their annual Summer break to make room for the Town & Country Fair. The Bingo Emporium will be closed from August 1st until Friday, August 17th.

      After the brief hiatus, the Napa United Soccer Bingo volunteers will re-open the Napa Bingo Emporium hall on Friday, August 17th.

      The fun bingo sessions will resume their regular weekly programs featuring  lots of fun bingo games and drawings for prizes all during the evening sessions. Doors open at the Bingo Emporium at about 3:00 p.m. and bingo begins with the Warm-Up games at 6:30 p.m.

      Regular bingo games at the Friday night sessions pay out $250 to the lucky winners. Flashboard games will pay out up to $1,199 depending on the particular game. And the progressive Bonanza game tops out at $1,199. Admission is $40 and includes up to five paper packs, specials and a Turbo Bingo machine.

      The Bingo Emporium continues to return to their regular schedule with the Napa High School Band Boosters staffing the Emporium for the Saturday evening session opening the doors at 4 p.m. Again, all regular bingo games pay out $250 and the Grand Old Flag special progressive pays up to $1,199.

      A $100 comeback drawing is also held each week from the previous weeks admission tickets. At the last Saturday of the month session, the regular $40 admission is reduced to just $35.

      Each Sunday evening the Vintage High School Music Boosters Bingo volunteers welcome bingo players to the Emporium for their evening session. Doors open at 3:00 p.m. and play gets underway with the Warm-Up games at 5:30 p.m. The Bonanza game pays up to $500 in the announced amount of numbers. A $250 consolation prize is always paid out. All regular games pay out $250 and Bonus games pay up to $1,199.

      Each Monday evening, the Napa Youth Sports Bingo volunteers take over and open the Emporium doors at 3:00 p.m. The Warm-Up game is played at 6:30 p.m. Again, all regular bingo games pay out $250 but may be reduced depending on attendance. The Power Burst special game pays $500 when won on the star face. Admission is $40 and includes an electronic Turbo Bingo machine, up to five 6-on paper packs and paper specials.

      The Snack bar is open for hot dinner specials, sandwiches and desserts and will be delivered to your seat. For more information call (707) 252-5420 after 3:00 p.m. Or you can text “Napa” to 313131.

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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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Free $500 drawing at Tuesday Vaca High 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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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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Reasons to repeal the California Gasoline Tax

There are two simple reasons why we should repeal the gas and car tax hikes: it costs you a lot more than you think – the tax hike will cost the typical family of four $779.28 more per year in taxes and 2) it won’t fix our roads – this is a blank check tax hike that has already been diverted away from road repairs.

Gas and Car Taxes spike our cost of living. The gas and car tax hikes cost too much and will increase the already-high cost-of-living in California.

Under the gas and car tax hikes, the typical family of four will pay $779.28 more per year in higher taxes.

It gets worse! The car and gas tax hikes are slated to increase every year automatically.

This year Californians will pay nearly $1 more per gallon because of taxes, fees and other government mandates. By 2021, many Californians will be paying close to $2 more a gallon extra because of taxes, fees and other government mandates – that’s $40 extra each time you fill up your car.

That’s a crushing blow to most family budgets at a time when the cost-of-living in California is already skyrocketing higher! We cannot afford to let these tax increases happen – we must repeal them.

Politicians Won’t Fix the Roads – The Gas Tax Fraud

Politicians are not interested in fixing or expanding our roads – and the gas tax increase contains zero accountability on where the funds will be spent. In fact, the gas tax measure is specifically written to allow politicians to continue to divert all the funds away from road projects.

State Senator John Moorlach released an independent analysis of CalTrans the budget showing that only 20% of the gas tax funds were spent any where near roads.

Where do the politicians divert the gas tax money to? The funding has been diverted to cover budget deficits so politicians can continue to spend in other areas. Most of the funds spent on infrastructure get diverted from roads to transit buses, light rail projects, bike lanes (to replace roads), and even park land acquisition.

An independent audit proves very little money actually gets spent on construction. Most of the funding covers the high salaries and pensions for government workers in bloated bureaucracies who spend the day on administrative paperwork but don’t build a single road, let alone fill a single pothole. In fact the state auditor revealed that over 3500 employees at CalTrans had no project to work on – wasting a half-a-billion in taxpayer funds a year.

California is so wasteful with our infrastructure funds that we get far less for our funds than other states. The Reason Foundation report shows for every $1 spent in the other 49 states to maintain one mile of highway California state government spends $4.7 for the same mile – that’s a 470% cost inefficiency factor.

There’s a better way—The Road Repair Accountability Initiative

Californians are right to demand that our roads be repaired and expanded. That’s why our coalition has proposed the Road Repair Accountability Initiative. This measure is written not by the politicians, but taxpayer watchdogs and infrastructure experts. It imposes three strict and real requirements:

·        100% Lock Box on Existing Gas Tax: The measure would dedicate 100% of the existing gas tax (i.e. the rate we paid before this latest hike) to road maintenance and improvement contracts (no staffing costs, it has to be actual concrete and asphalt!) Roads must be the only use for gas tax funds.

·        Car Sales Tax: The measure would dedicate 100% of the existing sales tax on the purchase of cars to regional infrastructure maintenance and expansion.

·        Efficiency Reforms: The measure would enact competitive bidding and other efficiency reforms to ensure that infrastructure funds are properly spent.

This alternative solution generates MORE funds for road repairs and road expansion than the gas and car tax hikes – and proves we can rebuild our state without tax increases. Proving they aren’t really interested in fixing roads, the Sacramento politicians are opposed to this measure.

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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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