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GOP Lawmaker Claims Medical Marijuana Increases Homeless, Crime (Video)

| by Michael Allen

During a speech today at the 2014 Values Voter Summit in Washington D.C., Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) claimed Colorado laws that support medical marijuana have increased the homeless population and crime.

"Already an increase of homeless people are moving to Colorado has been reported," stated Rep Fleming, noted RightWingWatch.org (video below).

However, Rep Fleming failed to mention that those reports state that homeless people are moving to Colorado for jobs.

"There's an enormous migration, even a homeless movement, so to speak," David Spencer, a homeless man from Tennessee, told CBS Denver. "I figured this would be a good place to start over."

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Ironically, Republicans often attack and demonize homeless people for being lazy and refusing to work.

"As social problems and crimes increase, so will the burden on the treasury to provide for broken families, broken lives and broken bodies,” warned Rep. Fleming.

But the crime rate has actually been dropping in Denver, Colo., since the legalization of medical marijuana. Forbes reports that, according to FBI Data, crime "was 10 percent lower in the first five months of this year than in the same period of 2013."

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), who originally opposed legalized medical marijuana, told Forbes, "It seems like the people that were smoking before are mainly the people that are smoking now. If that’s the case, what that means is that we’re not going to have more drugged driving, or driving while high. We’re not going to have some of those problems. But we are going to have a system where we’re actually regulating and taxing something, and keeping that money in the state of Colorado… and we’re not supporting a corrupt system of gangsters.”

Sources: RightWingWatch.org, CBS Denver, Forbes