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On November 6th 2012, the U.S. state of Colorado voted in favor of total cannabis legalization; both medicinal and recreational use are now authorized within the state’s borders, for citizens and visitors aged 18 or more. The law took effect on January 1st 2014, the date on which licensed dispensaries started selling hundreds of different cannabis strains, edibles, and more.
Outside of the cannabis community, reactions to this tremendous step forward ranged from vague concern to complete hysteria, but all predicted the same thing: legalization would surely result in an unavoidable increase in all sorts of criminal behaviors, especially in large cities in which most marijuana business would take place.
Needless to say, a few months into this new statewide situation the supposedly unavoidable disasters predicted by detractors remain to be seen. On the contrary, some of the communicated statistics actually work in favor of cannabis legalization. Back in June 2014, the authorities of the city of Denver, Colorado, released information in regards to their crime rates, and the numbers were rather impressive, compared to the same period of the previous year, 2013:
- Homicides reduced by 53%
- Sex crimes reduced by 13.6%
- Robberies reduced by 4.8%
- Assaults reduced by 3.7%
Besides, the budding business of legal cannabis is bringing a tremendous amount in tax money to the state of Colorado. This amount measured at $12 million in June 2014, and is expected to reach around $30 million by the end of the year.
But beyond these figures, the cultural impact that this legalization has had, together with the Uruguay initiative of nationwide, total legalization, is prodigious. The fact is that a U.S. state such as Colorado, cradle of a massive tourism-based economy, originally completely unrelated to cannabis, is it a perfect spot to develop local cannabis business as well as cross-cultural awareness.
“What ever this country is willing to do to the least thought about will eventually happen to all Americans.”
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HOLY COW I AM TEN!
Last night I played the final ATD show, with MC Lars, in London. Here’s a picture above taken by a wonderful fellow human who suffered a London hostel just so she could witness the thing:
I had hoped to document the proceedings, but the camera crew didn’t show till late, but if any more crowd sourced documentation comes through I’ll drop it here. It was a joyous event, albeit bittersweet. Shout out Jack and Marv and Pixel and ben for holding me down (and up, in the air during the final song). Thanks to Motorcycle Club Lars for inviting me to come and play – there wouldn’t have even been a final ATD show had he not asked. I’d have just sailed off into the sun.
Thank you everyone who came down and showed love and everyone who said beautiful things about what my music has meant to them over the years. That makes it all mean something. I am very grateful to ave been a part of your lives.
I’m not one for nostalgia (which was considered a disease when the term was first coined), and hadn’t planned any anniversary celebrations – even the finality of the A.T.D.R.I.P. album (get yours here now!) was a last minute, barely considered decision. How crazy, in retrospect, that the last show, a thing entirely unplanned by me, happened on May 19th 2014, the very last day of The Decade Of Don. That is some pretty beautiful symmetry, and pleases my mild OCDness.
Afterwards Charlotte and I packed the remaining merch into Tally, and drove to auntie Nonny’s to collect our sleeping Herc. He looked different, again. He smiled when he recognised me.
Wars of arson!
Honourable appreciation of my donly physique!
I love you all.
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Get your mighty Don Merch here!
Speaking of America, my Visa application is well underway. We are making a case for my extraordinary ability, so I can go and work in America and do MIGHTY THINGS. People of cultural import are writing letters saying how great I am. I might get them all framed, they’re amazing. Also factual. I forget sometimes how much I have achieved, despite not having had a number one single and album. In fact, I have achieved fucking tons. Now its onward to that number one single and album. I think I’ve just about logged my 10,000 hours. I am ready.
Oh, I’m gonna do one last DONNISH INQUISITION, If you have any burning questions, hit me, and I will endeavour to answer them.