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Medical-marijuana laws reduce traffic deaths, according to a new study, probably because people in states with such laws partly substitute marijuana for alcohol — and alcohol is more deadly when combined with driving.

Fifteen states plus the District of Columbia have passed medical-marijuana laws since 1996. Examining National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data before and after the passage of those laws, the researchers found a nearly 9% decrease in overall traffic fatalities. (The calculations also took account of trends in neighboring states.) That decline was caused entirely, or nearly so, by a drop in alcohol related traffic deaths.

MORE HERE http://tinyurl.com/7tteg6b


A new study suggests that legalizing medical marijuana reduces traffic fatalities. The authors noted that legalizing marijuana reduces alcohol consumption, and people are more wary of driving high than drunk. Which drug is actually more dangerous on the road?

Alcohol, and it’s not even close. It’s hard to directly compare alcohol and marijuana, because driving impairment depends on dosage and the two drugs tend to affect different skills. (Pot makes drivers worse at mindless tasks like staying in a lane, while alcohol undermines behaviors that require more attention like yielding to pedestrians or taking note of stop signs.) Nevertheless, Yale psychiatrist Richard Sewell reviewed the academic literature on driving while intoxicated in a 2009 article, and found that alcohol is significantly more dangerous. Real-world data from auto accidents indicate that a drunk driver is approximately 10 times more likely to cause a fatal accident than a stoned driver. In most studies, smoking one-third of a joint or less has virtually no impact on a driver’s performance. A couple of studies even suggest that pot smokers are less likely to cause an accident than sober drivers.

MORE HERE http://tinyurl.com/6uuxtzv


A groundbreaking new study shows that laws legalizing medical marijuana have resulted in a nearly nine percent drop in traffic deaths and a five percent reduction in beer sales.

"Our research suggests that the legalization of medical marijuana reduces traffic fatalities through reducing alcohol consumption by young adults," said Daniel Rees, professor of economics at the University of Colorado Denver who co-authored the study with D. Mark Anderson, assistant professor of economics at Montana State University.

The economists analyzed traffic fatalities nationwide, including the 13 states that legalized medical marijuana between 1990 and 2009. In those states, they found evidence that alcohol consumption by 20- through 29-year-olds went down, resulting in fewer deaths on the road.

MORE HERE http://tinyurl.com/cdjglq5


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Actvist1 commented on Sunday, Nov 11, 2012 at 14:14 PM

Now that Washington and Colorado have legalized marijuana expect the highway death toll to drop even more. Yay Washington and Colorado!

Actvist1 commented on Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012 at 20:36 PM

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TommyMarin commented on Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 at 21:43 PM

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TommyMarin commented on Monday, Apr 22, 2013 at 02:10 AM

UNICEF Report Indicates That Decriminalizing Marijuana Reduces Youth Usage Rates
http://tinyurl.com/cnny5zt

MrTowlie commented on Monday, May 27, 2013 at 22:49 PM

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MrTowlie commented on Saturday, Jun 15, 2013 at 17:37 PM

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TommyMarin commented on Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 at 15:12 PM

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PaulScambot commented on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 17:58 PM

This isn't the first study to conclude this.

PaulScambot commented on Friday, Jun 21, 2013 at 17:16 PM

Booze kills, cannabis doesn't...

TommyMarin commented on Friday, Jun 21, 2013 at 17:40 PM

So does prohibition...

MrTowlie commented on Friday, Jun 21, 2013 at 18:33 PM

;) Like!

BikerackIII commented on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 19:55 PM

Ditto

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PaulScambot commented on Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 18:02 PM

Stoned drivers are not dangerous drivers.

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PaulScambot commented on Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 13:31 PM

Booze kills, pot chills.

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PaulScambot commented on Thursday, Aug 01, 2013 at 02:09 AM

Uruguay's roads are about to get a lot safer.

MrTowlie commented on Monday, Aug 05, 2013 at 00:34 AM

Yep

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MrTowlie commented on Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 at 19:00 PM

People under the influence of mj tend to realize they are impaired while drunks think they're invincible. I can't count the times I've heard somebody who's been smoking marijuana say they were too high to drive and stayed home. I have never heard a drunk say that they were too drunk to drive. With them it's always "I'm fine, I can handle my liquor".

MrTowlie commented on Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013 at 16:07 PM

Up to 42 states may have medical marijuana laws by 2016. Things have really taken off since Holder has said the Feds will allow marijuana reform if done right.
http://tinyurl.com/k9z5ltu

MrTowlie commented on Friday, Nov 22, 2013 at 16:00 PM

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MrTowlie commented on Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014 at 21:57 PM

The Democratic Party of Oregon supports marijuana legalization...

http://tinyurl.com/pbns6ev

The California Democratic Party has officially called for the legalization of marijuana...

http://tinyurl.com/k56xcb6

MrTowlie commented on Friday, Sep 05, 2014 at 19:23 PM

"Marijuana opponents claim that cops aren’t really focused on enforcing marijuana prohibition, so that marijuana legalization isn’t needed. That claim is blatantly false. Quite a bit of resources are dedicated towards busting people for marijuana in Oregon. These same resources could go towards fighting real crime, but they are instead directed towards enforcing a failed, harmful, racist policy."
by Johnny Green

http://tinyurl.com/muuedtx

MrTowlie commented on Saturday, Sep 06, 2014 at 14:08 PM

"According to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, marijuana use among Colorado teens has gone down slightly since the state legalized recreational cannabis use in 2012."

http://tinyurl.com/ohdy5om

MrTowlie commented on Sunday, Sep 07, 2014 at 17:33 PM

Marijuana Legalization Supported By A Growing Majority Of Americans

http://tinyurl.com/l9zjna6

MrTowlie commented on Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 00:54 AM

"Colorado roadway fatalities are down 25 percent this year from last year, and also down from the 13-year average, Washington Post reports, in another damning debunking of law enforcement officials ‘drugged driving’ epidemic."

http://tinyurl.com/kowbzmb

MrTowlie commented on Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 13:11 PM

"Review papers debunk side effects, danger of marijuana usage"

http://tinyurl.com/okzapx9

"Officer Tried to Have Oral Intercourse With 12-year-old Orphaned Boy"

http://tinyurl.com/m2y8sb2

MrTowlie commented on Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 at 19:48 PM

Myth: Oregon Police Resources Aren’t Spent On Marijuana Enforcement

http://tinyurl.com/muuedtx

MrTowlie commented on Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 13:57 PM

"Federal Drug Agency Denies Marijuana Is Less Toxic Than Alcohol"

http://tinyurl.com/n62mwg3

TommyMarin commented on Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 23:25 PM

California in 2016!

MrTowlie commented on Thursday, Jan 22, 2015 at 13:50 PM

Kamala Harris for senator in 2016, Gavin Newsom for governor in 2014!

*smiles*

http://tinyurl.com/mx4b5za

MrTowlie commented on Thursday, Jan 22, 2015 at 21:54 PM

Kamala Harris for senator in 2016, Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018!

*smiles*

http://tinyurl.com/mx4b5za

MrTowlie commented on Tuesday, Feb 03, 2015 at 14:56 PM

"The Impact Of Smoking Marijuana Regularly On Your Lungs, According To Science"

"“Lifetime marijuana use up to 20 joint-years is not associated with adverse changes in spirometric (exhalation strength) measures of lung health,” the study, featured in the medical journal Annals of the American Thoracic Society, concluded...“The distinction the Emory University study makes is not new,” Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws, told ThinkProgress. “It’s ripe with citations from Donald Tashkin who has spent more than 40 years trying to answer the question of what happens to people when they smoke tobacco and marijuana. This new study took things further; today these products aren’t being smoked [in a way] that the product is carbonized and there’s ash."

http://tinyurl.com/pforwya

MrTowlie commented on Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015 at 11:07 AM

"Florida Legislation would Legalize Medical Marijuana, Effectively Nullify Federal Prohibition"

http://tinyurl.com/lj7yjtm

MrTowlie commented on Thursday, Mar 19, 2015 at 13:12 PM

"Poll: 61 Percent Of Americans Want Marijuana Legalization, Smashing Previous Records"

http://tinyurl.com/kbg4dtp

MrTowlie commented on Thursday, Mar 19, 2015 at 17:59 PM

"No, marijuana use doesn’t lower your IQ"

http://tinyurl.com/ocdpjtx

MrTowlie commented on Tuesday, Apr 07, 2015 at 02:07 AM

"Marijuana Bill Gains Cosponsors in House and Senate"

http://tinyurl.com/k49wjn3

MrTowlie commented on Saturday, Apr 11, 2015 at 12:19 PM

"I Thought Legalizing Pot Would Be a Disaster. But It Turned Out To Be Wonderful."

http://tinyurl.com/kgkb2oh

MrTowlie commented on Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 12:05 PM

U.S. Legalization of Marijuana Has Hit Mexican Cartels’ Cross-Border Trade

http://tinyurl.com/o77rjus

MrTowlie commented on Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 at 17:15 PM

"No, legalizing medical marijuana doesn’t lead to crime, according to actual crime stats"

http://tinyurl.com/lr7k7rf

MrTowlie commented on Monday, Apr 27, 2015 at 11:32 AM

"Arizona Supreme Court: Medical Marijuana Use is Allowed on Probation"

http://tinyurl.com/n9425v4

MrTowlie commented on Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015 at 13:01 PM

"Confessions Of A Pot-Smoking Police Officer, Firefighter And Youth Pastor"

http://tinyurl.com/ncanb67

MrTowlie commented on Wednesday, May 06, 2015 at 11:53 AM

"Denver Police Use Twitter To Send A Supportive Message To Marijuana Users At The 4/20 Rally"

http://tinyurl.com/kkchafg

MrTowlie commented on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 07:14 AM

"Foes Of Marijuana Legalization Can't Like These New Numbers"

http://tinyurl.com/qx7pno5

MrTowlie commented on Monday, May 18, 2015 at 12:49 PM

Pew Poll: "Support For Legalization Is Rapidly Outpacing Opposition"

"Fifty-three percent of respondents support legalization. Forty-four percent of respondents oppose the idea and three percent are undecided. "Support for marijuana legalization is rapidly outpacing opposition," pollsters opined, acknowledging that Americans' support for legalizing marijuana has risen some 10 percentage points over the past five years. Pollsters further acknowledged that legalization supporters are more likely than opponents to say that they have changed their minds on the issue in recent years."

http://tinyurl.com/mmmm8rj

"Supporters of legalization more likely than opponents to have changed minds."

"Among the public overall, 30% say they support legalizing marijuana use and have always felt that way, while 21% have changed their minds; they say there was a time when they thought it should be illegal. By contrast, 35% say they oppose legalization and have always felt that way; just 7% have changed their minds from supporting to opposing legalization."

http://tinyurl.com/qgfcfdd

"GSS Poll: Majority of Americans Say Marijuana Should Be Legal"

"Fifty-two percent of respondents endorsed legalizing marijuana – an increase of nine percentage points since GSS pollsters asked the question in 2012. Forty-two percent of respondents said that they opposed the idea.

GSS pollsters have been tracking Americans’ views regarding marijuana legalization since the early 1970s. In 1990, only 16 percent of respondents backed legalizing the plant. The just-reported 2014 survey data marks the first time that the General Social Survey has ever reported majority support for legalizing cannabis.

Separate national surveys by both Gallup and the Pew Research Center, among others, have previously documented that most Americans now favor legalizing the plant."

http://tinyurl.com/mxuzvqn

"Americans' Support For Marijuana Legalization Reaches All-Time High In CBS Poll"

"A report released last month by the Democratic-affiliated Benenson Strategy Group and SKDKnickerbocker found 61 percent of Americans in favor of legalization -- some of the highest support for marijuana legalization to date. Earlier this year, General Social Survey, widely regarded as the most authoritative source when it comes to researching public opinion, found 52 percent of Americans in support of legalization."

http://tinyurl.com/lkmmo2v

*WINK*

MrTowlie commented on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 20:45 PM

"The Drug Czar is Required by Law to Lie"

http://tinyurl.com/yekcpvf

MrTowlie commented on Monday, Aug 10, 2015 at 16:31 PM

6 In 10 Young Republicans Favor Legal Marijuana

http://tinyurl.com/nq3wpaq

MrTowlie commented on Monday, Aug 10, 2015 at 20:03 PM

New Research Debunks One of the Oldest Myths About Marijuana

http://tinyurl.com/ommxfwu

MrTowlie commented on Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015 at 11:59 AM

Legalized marijuana is bringing record high benefits to Colorado schools

http://tinyurl.com/pa4focn

MrTowlie commented on Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015 at 21:32 PM

Medical Use of Marijuana Doesn’t Increase Youths’ Use, Study Finds

http://tinyurl.com/psme5wx

MrTowlie commented on Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 at 11:46 AM

'Just Say No' to the Gateway Theory of Pot

http://tinyurl.com/kewtcmd

MrTowlie commented on Friday, Aug 21, 2015 at 20:34 PM

D.A.R.E. gets duped by anti-pot satire

http://tinyurl.com/qdbpf5z

Not the sharpest tools in the shed.
But what would you expect from a bunch of reefer madness prohibitionists?

MrTowlie commented on Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 at 20:10 PM

Marijuana Prohibition Is a Moral Scandal Built on a Mountain of Lies

http://tinyurl.com/qapdz6f

MrTowlie commented on Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 at 13:31 PM

Vagina searches and other reasons the war on marijuana must end in America

http://tinyurl.com/neom28k

MrTowlie commented on Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 at 20:58 PM

California Ready for End to Pot Prohibition

http://tinyurl.com/q79vgtr

MrTowlie commented on Tuesday, Sep 01, 2015 at 14:51 PM

Salem City Council takes step to allow Oct. 1 marijuana sales

SALEM — The Salem City Council has voted to permit the early sales of recreational marijuana from medical marijuana dispensaries.

The Statesman Journal reports that the council's vote Monday would permit the sales beginning Oct. 1, more than three months ahead of the planned start date.

http://tinyurl.com/nn8rsr9

MrTowlie commented on Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 at 14:27 PM

2016 Will be Huge For Marijuana

http://tinyurl.com/oyjn4mk

MrTowlie commented on Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 at 19:05 PM

Judge says marijuana dispensary video can be used in probe of California police

http://tinyurl.com/ns7m7z8

MrTowlie commented on Tuesday, Sep 22, 2015 at 17:17 PM

Toledo, Ohio Votes Yes To Decriminalize Marijuana By Wide Margin

http://tinyurl.com/q3cwo9v

MrTowlie commented on Friday, Sep 25, 2015 at 19:27 PM

After 2 Years With Legal Marijuana, Most Coloradans Still Like It

The percentage supporting legalization is, if anything, higher than before it took effect.

http://tinyurl.com/owb8xty

MrTowlie commented on Friday, Oct 09, 2015 at 17:29 PM

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch Expresses Support For States’ Rights On Marijuana Policy

During her confirmation hearing in January, Lynch said that her predecessor Eric Holder’s policy of generally respecting state marijuana laws “certainly would be my policy if confirmed as attorney general.” In written answers to question from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, she said that the policy is “effective, consistent and rational.”

http://tinyurl.com/pczft24

MrTowlie commented on Tuesday, Oct 27, 2015 at 13:33 PM

Drug Warriors Claim Sky Is Falling in Latest Anti-Marijuana Report

http://tinyurl.com/noje3j3

MrTowlie commented on Sunday, Nov 22, 2015 at 03:54 AM

Colorado is Making Way More On Marijuana Than They Thought

Marijuana taxes drew in $70 million instead of the predicted $40 million—almost double the expected amount. Alcohol taxes, on the other hand, drew in only $42 million.

http://tinyurl.com/nzhatl3

TommyMarin commented on Sunday, Nov 22, 2015 at 14:19 PM

SciCheck: DEA Chief Wrong On Medical Marijuana

http://tinyurl.com/nr8j7pc

TommyMarin commented on Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 at 16:26 PM

Landmark Case in Mexico's Supreme Court Could Pave the Way for Marijuana Legalization

http://tinyurl.com/ou792na

MrTowlie commented on Friday, Nov 27, 2015 at 16:11 PM

High-Potency Marijuana Isn't Any More Dangerous Than Weak Stuff

http://tinyurl.com/pnohzux

TommyMarin commented on Friday, Nov 27, 2015 at 21:25 PM

Men's Wearhouse founder comes out in favor of pot legalization

http://tinyurl.com/qbhmxk9

TommyMarin commented on Saturday, Nov 28, 2015 at 13:36 PM

Study: Marijuana Users 50 Percent Less Likely To Suffer From Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors, including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol levels, and abdominal fat, which are linked to increased risk of heart disease and/or type 2 diabetes, among other serious health consequences.

TommyMarin commented on Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 13:56 PM

Michigan Cops Protect Citizens by Stealing Leaf Blowers From Cancer Patients

http://tinyurl.com/nev8bms

TommyMarin commented on Wednesday, Dec 02, 2015 at 20:18 PM

Five More Marijuana Studies Debunk Carly Fiorina’s Ignorant Reefer Madness Mindset

http://tinyurl.com/q2vdja4

BikerackIII commented on Sunday, Dec 06, 2015 at 03:12 AM

NY State Legislators Call for Marijuana Legalization

http://tinyurl.com/qfscw8g

TommyMarin commented on Monday, Dec 07, 2015 at 13:49 PM

Why More Potent Marijuana Isn't a Bad Thing

"The bottom line is: strong cannabis actually means people smoke less, so there's less exposure to respiratory irritants," Dr. Mitch Earleywine, a professor at the State University of New York at Albany and a chairman at the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), told ATTN:. "In addition, the idea that cannabis was remarkably weaker 40 years ago is overstated."

http://tinyurl.com/naqezdy

TommyMarin commented on Monday, Dec 07, 2015 at 18:56 PM

Soon We’ll All Be Getting High: The End Of Marijuana Prohibition Is Closer Than You Think

http://tinyurl.com/zmroxaw

TommyMarin commented on Monday, Dec 07, 2015 at 20:47 PM

Corrupt Michigan Cops Use Medical Marijuana Money To Buy I-Pads, Truck, Shirts

Legislation passed in 2013 (HB 5313) and signed into law in 2014 by Governor Snyder allowed money from the state’s Medical Marihuana Fund (the Fund) to be used by local units of law enforcement “for the operation and oversight of the Michigan medical marihuana program… operation and oversight grants are for education, communication and enforcement of the Michigan medical marihuana act…”

Instead they treated themselves to I-Pads, trucks, and t-shirts.

http://tinyurl.com/pffl4ub

TommyMarin commented on Tuesday, Dec 08, 2015 at 16:30 PM

Ex-DEA agent on medical marijuana: some 'can't grip it until they've l i v e d it'

Pennsylvania bill legalizing medical marijuana has former DEA agent, State Rep. Mike Regan's (Republican) support.

http://tinyurl.com/qg8tu57

TommyMarin commented on Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 at 18:27 PM

Mexico’s Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Personal Marijuana Use

Ruling could pave way for legalization of recreational use.

http://tinyurl.com/qf3x99r

TommyMarin commented on Sunday, Dec 13, 2015 at 16:17 PM

Earl Blumenauer: DEA chief unfit after calling medical pot ‘a joke’

During morning remarks on the House floor, Mr. Blumenauer, Oregon Democrat, said the interim DEA chief’s attitude on medicinal marijuana is “indicative of a throwback ideology rooted in the failed war on drugs,” and he urged the Obama administration to consider a replacement.
“Rosenberg is clearly not the right fit for the DEA in this administration,” the congressman continued. “He’s an example of the inept, misinformed zealot who has mismanaged America’s failed policy of marijuana prohibition.”

http://tinyurl.com/neymxdg

TommyMarin commented on Friday, Dec 18, 2015 at 22:02 PM

San Diego Approves 21st Legal Medical Marijuana Shop

http://tinyurl.com/omeuzuv

TommyMarin commented on Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 at 13:38 PM

Victory! Congress passes bills to prohibit DEA from interfering with medical marijuana and hemp research in those states that have legalized them. It also okays federal funding for needle exchange programs.
Thanks to language in the omnibus spending bill the DEA's hands are tied and all they can do is stand there, w a t c h, and fume.

***smiles***

TommyMarin commented on Sunday, Dec 20, 2015 at 14:19 PM

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Win Battle Against Federal Crackdown

Medical marijuana dispensaries scored a major win on Monday when a federal judge ruled that the Department of Justice cannot prosecute legal providers of medical cannabis.

"This is a big win for medical marijuana patients and their providers, and a significant victory in our efforts to end the federal government’s war on marijuana. Federal raids of legitimate medical marijuana businesses aren’t just stupid and wasteful, but also illegal," said Dan Riffle, director of federal policies for Marijuana Policy Project, in a statement.

"It's great to see the judicial branch finally starting to hold the Justice Department accountable for its willful violation of Congress's intent to end federal interference with state medical marijuana laws,"said Tom Angell, chairman of the pro-legalization group Marijuana Majority. "I hope the Obama administration takes this ruling to heart and makes sure DEA and federal prosecutors finally stop trying to stand between patients and their medicine."

http://tinyurl.com/oox4dsc

TommyMarin commented on Wednesday, Dec 23, 2015 at 22:19 PM

U.S. Surgeon General: ‘Marijuana Can Be Helpful’

The nation’s top doctor says that marijuana has medical benefits for some patients.

In a Wednesday appearance on “CBS This Morning,” Dr. Vivek Murthy, surgeon general of the United States, said, “We have some preliminary data showing that for certain medical conditions and symptoms, that marijuana can be helpful.”

“I think that we have to use that data to drive policymaking,” he added.

http://tinyurl.com/q3pxu4y

MrTowlie commented on Monday, Dec 28, 2015 at 13:59 PM

The Top 10 Marijuana Policy Victories of 2015

From passing medical marijuana laws in two states, the expansion of medical marijuana in four states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico to bills introduced in both houses, the partial defunding of the DEA and presidential candidates being forced to go on record over their views on marijuana this year shaped up nicely. We also saw two states and numerous local jurisdictions decriminalize marijuana possession and two states introduce legislation to allow on-site consumption (marijuana bars) and ballot measures for full legalization in five states (so far). Even Texas is jumping on the band wagon by legalizing limited medical use of marijuana.

http://tinyurl.com/hsbojhh

TommyMarin commented on Thursday, Dec 31, 2015 at 21:02 PM

Vermont's Attorney General Bill Sorrell Predicts Legislature Will Legalize Marijuana In 2016

"Let me put it this way, I will be surprised if marijuana is not legalized in this next legislative session," he said. There are enough votes for legislation to pass in the Senate, he says, and outgoing Gov. Peter Shumlin has said he would sign a bill.

http://tinyurl.com/o22qxa9

TommyMarin commented on Saturday, Jan 02, 2016 at 20:48 PM

Colorado: 55% Of Voters Still Support Marijuana Legalization

Marijuana opponents like Kevin Sabet were very certain that Colorado voters would regret voting for marijuana legalization in 2012. Three years later, there is no buyer’s remorse in Colorado. In fact, the same percentage of voters that approved marijuana legalization in Colorado on Election Day 2012 stated that they still support it according to a poll recently released by Quinnipiac University. Per 9News:

Fifty-five percent of Colorado voters say they support the voter-passed law that legalized marijuana in the state, while 41 percent are opposed. And 53 percent said they believe that legalizing marijuana has been good for the state.

There’s a large gender gap when it comes to marijuana approval rates. Men are higher in the votes while woman are divided on the issue. Forty-five percent are saying it’s a good thing, and 47 percent believe marijuana is negatively affecting the state.

55.32% of Colorado voters voted ‘yes’ on Election Day 2012 for Amendment 64. I don’t expect Kevin Sabet to change his tune after the release of these poll results. However, I do expect him to look even dumber than usual if/when he continues to act like marijuana legalization in Colorado hasn’t worked. Colorado’s citizens have spoken, again, and they have expressed that they like their decision to legalize marijuana. I expect similar results in every other state that follows in Colorado’s footsteps.

Posted by Johnny Green at http://tinyurl.com/q8rkmcz

TommyMarin commented on Sunday, Jan 03, 2016 at 18:59 PM

What We Didn't See In Colorado, With Legalization In Full Swing

http://tinyurl.com/p7gg3pd

TommyMarin commented on Wednesday, Jan 06, 2016 at 15:50 PM

Moderate Marijuana Smokers Show Greater Lung Capacities Than Non-users

http://tinyurl.com/q8htklw

lindataylor commented on Wednesday, Jan 06, 2016 at 16:18 PM

lol...typical druggie. Duh

York man accidentally shoots self, is arrested on drug charges

"Deputies say an investigation into an accidental shooting led to the arrest of a York County man on marijuana charges."

http://www.13newsnow.com/story/news/2...

TommyMarin commented on Friday, Jan 08, 2016 at 22:09 PM

Canada Officially Begins Move Toward Legalizing Marijuana

Canada’s new prime minister was only sworn in less than two weeks ago, but he has already directed his government to begin the process that will lead to the nationwide legalization of marijuana.

“I will expect you to work with your colleagues and through established legislative, regulatory, and Cabinet processes to d e l i v e r on your top priorities [including]a federal-provincial-territorial process that will lead to the legalization and regulation of marijuana,” Prime Minster Justin Trudeau wrote to Jody Wilson-Raybould, the country’s new justice minister and attorney general.

http://tinyurl.com/phek643

TommyMarin commented on Friday, Jan 22, 2016 at 22:16 PM

New Study Proves That Marijuana Doesn't Lower IQ

New study using identical twins debunks seriously flawed Duke University study. Marijuana use not linked to declines in IQ.

http://tinyurl.com/jgy33hq

TommyMarin commented on Wednesday, Feb 03, 2016 at 21:22 PM

Marijuana Legalization In Colorado Is Killing Mexican Drug Cartels

http://tinyurl.com/hrow2hu

TommyMarin commented on Sunday, Feb 07, 2016 at 12:26 PM

Maryland Senate Overrides Governor’s Anti-Marijuana Veto

The Maryland Senate dashed Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s efforts to prevent the decriminalization of marijuana Thursday.

The Democrat-controlled assembly mustered the three-fifths majority needed to override the Republican governor’s veto in a vote on the bill that would decriminalize the use of marijuana in public, as well as possession of cannabis paraphernalia like pipes and papers.

The bill’s advocates said it fixed an anomaly in the law, where marijuana use was decriminalized, but paraphernalia remained illegal. Sen. Robert A. Zirkin, a Baltimore County Democrat and sponsor of the bill, said the bill “is really a correction to what we did a couple years ago.”

http://tinyurl.com/jhjs34r

TommyMarin commented on Monday, Feb 08, 2016 at 11:40 AM

Marijuana Reduces Alzheimers Symptoms, Scientists Say

A study has found that cannabis oil ingestion corresponded with decreased levels of aggression, irritability, apathy and delusions.

http://tinyurl.com/zq8m57v

PaulScambot commented on Tuesday, Feb 09, 2016 at 12:49 PM

Anchorage Opens the Door to Cannabis Cafés

http://tinyurl.com/pwmhhdb

BrotherAhab commented on Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 00:30 AM

California’s Largest Doctors Group Backs Recreational Marijuana

Doctors with the California Medical Association announce support of marijuana legalization, saying that regulation would serve public health better than 'ineffective prohibition'

http://tinyurl.com/he5mohz

TommyMarin commented on Friday, Feb 12, 2016 at 21:13 PM

Committee Approves Bill That Would Remove Oregon Residency Requirement For Marijuana Investors

http://tinyurl.com/zblcmna

TommyMarin commented on Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 at 22:10 PM

Judge Dismissed Felony Charge Against Medical Marijuana Patient Max Lorincz

http://tinyurl.com/hbhgmke

BikerackIII commented on Monday, Feb 15, 2016 at 18:48 PM

Legal Marijuana Would Be Good For Kids

Critics say an Arizona initiative to legalize marijuana would be disastrous. But evidence proves otherwise.

http://tinyurl.com/j97w6sw

TommyMarin commented on Tuesday, Feb 16, 2016 at 19:05 PM

Leading Anti-Marijuana Academics Are Paid by Painkiller Drug Companies

http://tinyurl.com/pfyzrf5

TommyMarin commented on Wednesday, Feb 17, 2016 at 10:55 AM

District Court Dismisses Marijuana Lawsuit Against Pueblo County

A lawsuit filed by marijuana opponents against Pueblo County and others was dismissed Tuesday.

The lawsuit was filed in February by the owners of a mountain hotel and a horse farm, along with a group called the Safe Streets Alliance. They argued that Amendment 64, Colorado’s 2012 marijuana-legalization measure, has hurt their properties. The lawsuit asked the federal government to block Amendment 64, citing the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA)

http://tinyurl.com/ho2as5v

TommyMarin commented on Wednesday, Feb 17, 2016 at 21:22 PM

Legal Weed Having Little Effect On Teen Marijuana Use, Federal Data Shows

Federal data released this week found there was no change in monthly marijuana use in nearly every U.S. state compared to last year. The only significant changes were in Rhode Island, Ohio and Hawaii, where monthly marijuana use fell year over year.

http://tinyurl.com/po659ck

TommyMarin commented on Thursday, Feb 18, 2016 at 22:19 PM

The Mexican President Promises a Debate on Marijuana Legalization

By Gabriela Gorbea
November 10, 2015 | 4:05 pm

Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto has promised a major national debate to decide the country's position on marijuana legalization, the week after the country's supreme court granted four individuals the permission to cultivate and use the drug.

Peña Nieto instructed the country's interior ministry to organize the debate he said would include experts from multiple disciplines and will define Mexico's stance at next spring's United Nations global drug policy summit as well as the country's own specific policies on the issue.

While he laid out his own personal opposition to legalization — arguing that marijuana consumption leads to harder drugs — the president said he could be persuaded to change his mind.

"I am not the owner of the truth," Peña Nieto said. "I am open to listening to well-documented positions that are scientifically sustainable and could lead to a different position."..."from the human rights perspective you cannot stop anybody, specifically the four people in the case, from using their freedom to consume it if they want."

http://tinyurl.com/o3kgmu6

TommyMarin commented on Friday, Feb 19, 2016 at 12:54 PM

State Lawmakers To Congress: Butt Out Of Our Marijuana Laws

The National Conference of State Legislatures, the de facto bipartisan group of lawmakers, passed a resolution at its annual meeting Thursday calling on the federal government to amend the Controlled Substances Act to authorize state marijuana laws and on the administration to keep its nose out of state pot policies.

The resolution reaffirms that the federal government cannot use its power to force states, the laboratories of democracy, to criminalize marijuana or hemp, as “doing so would constitute unconstitutional commandeering.”

http://tinyurl.com/pxykea3

http://tinyurl.com/ov8bj93

lindataylor commented on Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 at 09:50 AM

Study: Fatal Car Crashes Involving Marijuana Have Tripled

http://seattle.cbslocal.com/2014/02/0...

Yale Study Links Increased Impulsivity and Hostility with Recreational Marijuana Use

http://scitechdaily.com/yale-study-li...

lindataylor commented on Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 at 09:50 AM

Drug impaired driving: New report urges national and state action.

http://www.ghsa.org/html/files/pubs/G...

More WA drivers test positive for THC in deadly crashes since 2010

http://www.king5.com/story/news/traff...

lindataylor commented on Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 at 09:51 AM

Study: Fatal Car Crashes by Marijuana Smokers up 300% over Last Decade

http://www.breitbart.com/big-governme...

Marijuana and Driving:

https://www.codot.gov/safety/alcohol-...

lindataylor commented on Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 at 09:52 AM

Fatal crashes involving marijuana double in Washington.

Data released Tuesday indicate that the number of Washington drivers involved in deadly crashes who tested positive for active marijuana doubled from 2013 to 2014 - the first year of legal marijuana sales in the state.

http://www.king5.com/story/news/local...

lindataylor commented on Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 at 09:52 AM

Effects of marijuana – with and without alcohol – on driving performance

http://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/...

lindataylor commented on Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 at 09:53 AM

Detox Network Sees Pot DUIs Spike in Colorado After Legalization.

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/lega...

TommyMarin commented on Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 at 12:32 PM

Leading Anti-Marijuana Academics Are Paid by Painkiller Drug Companies

http://tinyurl.com/pfyzrf5


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