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Reader: Don't Believe Any More Lies About Pot!

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Tom Gorman, director of the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.
While a number of recent reports and surveys have suggested that marijuana legalization hasn't had a major negative impact on Colorado society, a new report from the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area shares a slew of troubling statistics -- including the assertion that pot-impaired driving fatalities increased 100 percent from 2007 to 2012. Given that the RMHIDTA is anti-cannabis, many of our readers had trouble accepting the study's findings. Here's one example.

See also: Pot-Impaired Driving Fatalities Up 100 Percent in Five Years, New Report Says

Max Padilla writes:

There have been so many lies told to us about pot we can not allow ourselves to believe any more!

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay

That's hardly worth comment of the day status 

Heather Doozer
Heather Doozer

it's pretty annoying when your mom sends you a letter begging you to stop smoking pot for your serious heath problems because her Dr in Florida told her it would kill all my brain cells and should only be used by terminal patients..... So yeah, pretty fucking frustrating

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

Fire all of the prohibitionist swine like Gorman in law enforcement and use the money saved for productive ends!

Adam Maxwell
Adam Maxwell

Meh. I believe the numbers they've quoted are true. It would be better if they included some information that would lend some perspective to them, but I've run across these statistics myself, recently, outside of that source's study. What I found was that traffic fatalities involving drivers testing positive for marijuana really did increase to 14%... but that accidents involving alcohol impaired drivers held steady --- at 35%+. That's right, even accounting for increased use post legalization and acceptance of Marijuana, accidents involving drivers with testable levels of THC still only amounted to half of those involving people who were drunk. More importantly, the stated numbers don't prove causation in any way; no one is answering an important question: How many of those marijuana "impaired" drivers were also drunk, or high on something else? Did their being high actually cause those accidents? The numbers quoted have no way of legitimately telling you either way, even though the folks quoted in this article want you think otherwise. tl;dr version: 14-16% of *all accidents* involve someone who was high. That someone could or could not have been the reason for the accident and even if they were, they still were only involved in half as many accidents as alcohol users. Doesn't that mean dealing with alcohol abuse is a significantly more important use of our time? Twice as important, in fact?

Marc LaDoucieur
Marc LaDoucieur

The fact that pot stays in the system for roughly a month says that these stats are distorted. Willing to bet that less than half were actually high. It's disturbing to me that we can't figure out a way to determine whether or not someone is high or not. Opponents' only hope is that people buy into these distorted stats.

Becca Mertens
Becca Mertens

The only reason why the government doesn't want pot legalized is because the pharmaceutical companies are paying them to be anti-pot!

gnawdoow
gnawdoow

Pot only or pot with alcohol?

Clayton Capra
Clayton Capra

People have accepted a life time of negatives and are tired of the distortion of facts in an attempt to create fear.

Rodger Sherman
Rodger Sherman

I'm more upset about you lending a voice and a platform to those lies

Kedhrin Gonzalez
Kedhrin Gonzalez

Pot isnt perfect. People need to stop acting like theres 0 down falls. Be accepting to the negatives and the pot bashers will at least start to cool off.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase


A64 = a Prohibitionist's Wet Dream, a Continuation of CRIMINAL Prohibition against 10s of THOUSANDS of Marijuana Users, Growers, and Dealers in Colorado.



gnawdoow
gnawdoow

Please, drinking and driving is a part of our heritage, just like paralysis and death at the hands of drunk drivers.


gnawdoow
gnawdoow

I don't believe anyone has said that pot has no drawbacks, but this "data" is so flawed as to be worse than useless.


RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay  There is not a single word in there about keeping cannabis five kinds of felony or about keeping the parasites on the dole; we may proceed to rescind the felonies in C.R.S. 18-18-406 and to fire prohibitionists in government.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase ... why do you LIE so much?


A64 EXPLICITLY declared that many uses and 10s of thousands of users SHALL REMAIN ILLEGAL.



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