Paid political letter: Vote No on IM 27

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Today’s marijuana is highly addictive and highly concentrated, manufactured to be more potent, up to 99%. 

It is especially harmful for brain development for those under 25.

Daily use causes lower IQ, psychoses, increased teen suicide, memory issues, anxiety, depression, lower dopamine production, lung damage, persistent cough, and a greater risk for heart attacks. 

SD workforce issues will worsen.  Workforce accidents will rise and employees will be less productive because the drug causes users to be less active.

Supporters of this bill are comprised of the big, out-of-state cannabis industry.  The cost to tax payers will be much higher than taxes generated.  Colorado spends $4.50 for every tax dollar taken in.  The social costs to individuals, communities, families and individuals is very high. 

In Colorado illegal trafficking of marijuana has increased threefold, since legalization.

Protect SD Kids, “No on IM 27.”

Denny Kaemingk
Rapid City, S.D.