Unless you have been living under a rock in you have probably heard that as of January 1, 2014 recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado.  People from all walks of life will be able to legally use marijuana in Colorado.  What does this mean for you, your safety and your responsibility when carrying a firearm.

 

Guns and drugs don’t mix

I am not a drug advocate and I don’t believe that making marijuana legal in Colorado was the wisest thing that has happened here.  Drugs, alcohol and firearms do not mix.  You hear a lot of rhetoric about marijuana not being bad for you, but the reality of it is that it does affect your ability to make decisions.  Whether you are hunting, shooting targets on the range or drawing your weapon in self defense you do not want your senses dulled.  You don’t want to be responsible for the death or injury of another person because you were high or drunk.  That is not something you want to have to live with for the rest of your life.

 

What is your responsibility

If you carry your firearm for protection, you are not just responsible for yourself, you are responsible for all those around you.  Marijuana is a mind altering controlled substance.  Be aware of those around you.  Pay attention to their actions and observe the reaction to stimuli.  A person with dulled senses will not react quickly or appropriately to a combat situation.  What does that mean for you?  It means that you must take extra care if and when you have to engage the situation.  Everyone around you become more unpredictable than they normally are.

 

Keep your head and stay sharp

Colorado has always been my home and I have always been proud of this state, but the legalization of marijuana was one of the worst decisions the Centennial State has ever made.  As responsible gun owners it falls to us be more vigilant, more prepared and better trained.  Drugs, alcohol and guns do not mix and can only make a bad situation worse.  Marijuana is the dumbing down of our society, make sure you do not fall into its mindless trap.