“A real problem,” that’s how one employer describes the challenges they face finding qualified applicants or rather, those who can pass the drug screening.Add to that, increased teen use, mental illness, drugged driving fatalities, criminal activity, exacerbated social costs, and we have the creation of an addictive industry.
That is part of the presentation of Bob Doyle, who "will tell it all" at a free presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the North Platte High School Performing Arts Center.
The program is sponsored by the Community Connections Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.
Doyle leads the Colorado Affiliate of SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana), a group that aims to help educate communities about marijuana and equip them to develop smart public policies about pot.
Doyle will present information about how legalization and commercialization of marijuana has impacted the lives Coloradoans.
He says marijuana is not a good return on investment. Research has shown that while the sale of marijuana increases tax revenue, the total overall societal cost of marijuana, including productively, health and crime related costs, outweighs the tax revenue.
Some of the consequences of marijuana use are more injuries, fatalities, school dropouts and other marijuana-related public health and safety concerns.
The mission of our Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is to improve the quality of life for children and families in Lincoln County by reducing the rates of substance abuse in our communities.
For more information, see www.communityconnectionslc.org or www.facebook.com/CommunityConnectionsLC.