Ken Buck

From the office of:

Ken Buck

Sending Office: Honorable Ken Buck
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        Request for Signature(s)

Dear Colleague,

Please consider joining me in signing a letter urging the Department of Justice (DOJ), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to conduct behavioral research into the societal impacts of legalizing
marijuana for recreational purposes.

Nearly six year ago, Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize the commercial sale of marijuana within their borders. Since the drug became legal for recreational purposes, Coloradans have seen a significant increase in the number of highway
deaths involving drivers under the influence of marijuana. This trend is not isolated to Colorado and does not stop with traffic-related incidents. In fact, our states have seen increases in marijuana-related schools expulsions, elevated hospitalization rates
related to marijuana use, and increased filings under state organized crime statutes.

Additionally, local community leaders have reported anecdotal and statistical changes in behavior that require additional federal attention. Unfortunately, Congress only currently has access to a limited patchwork of stated-based statistics to evaluate how
the legalization of marijuana has changed our society. We need to get serious about studying how this drug impacts our communities. As such, I am leading a letter to these agencies requesting that they work together to conduct a behavioral research study analyzing
the ways marijuana legalization is impacting our society.

Now is the time to conduct this critical research to guide state as they consider whether to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes. If you would like to join me in signing this letter, or want additional information, please contact James Hampson in
my office at or 202-225-4676. Thank you in advance for your consideration.




Ken Buck

Member of Congress