“New study shows no link between marijuana use and car accidents” taunts USA Today, reporting on the February 6 press release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Washington Post compares marijuana to alcohol, “Stoned drivers are a lot safer than drunk ones, new federal data show.” And from the first state to legalize marijuana for medical use, the Los Angeles Times proclaimed, “Good news (?): marijuana doesn’t increase the … READ MORE
We just returned from the conference “Marijuana Impact on Public Health and Safety” put on by the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police. There were representatives from 39 states and several countries, wanting to learn about Colorado’s marijuana legalization journey.
We were pleased to see the widespread recognition from many (but not all) that Colorado is not collecting the data necessary to determine what the impact of marijuana legalization is. Arapahoe County District Attorney George … READ MORE
DUID Victim Voices has completed its pilot study of 2012 vehicular homicides and vehicular assaults in Colorado. Defendants in most of those cases (83%) were also charged with DUI. This provides an excellent data source to measure the proportion of DUIDs in Colorado’s DUI citations. The results of the study were presented today to the Colorado Task Force on Drunk and Impaired Driving. See the entire presentation here. CTFDID PPT
Key findings of the study … READ MORE
Those who say that Colorado’s “experiment” in legalizing marijuana proves it can be done safely with proper regulation don’t realize that in an experiment, one must control input variables and measure outcomes. Colorado does neither, so its dalliance with legalization cannot properly be termed an experiment. Although it regulates retail and “medical” cannabis stores, the July 9, 2014 Department of Revenue report shows that less than one-half of Colorado’s estimated 160 metric ton annual consumption … READ MORE
We just returned from making a presentation at the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences in Woods Hole, MA last Thursday.
The presentation was entitled Colorado’s Marijuana “Experiment” and its Effect on DUI Marijuana.
Attached is a copy of the summary of the presentation that the meeting organizer plans to publish in the meeting circular. TRB paper
Here are some highlights:
- DUI-Marijana is likely far more common than many have realized,
The circus was in town (Washington DC) July 31, 2014. The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations held a hearing entitled, “Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Operating While Stoned,” chaired by Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., and starring Rep Gerry Connolly, D-Va.
The committee didn’t get the answers they wanted from the capable testifiers, in large part because they asked the wrong questions. Both congressmen persist in the common belief that marijuana is like … READ MORE
Oral fluid testing is in the news:
It’s important to keep the following things in mind as we learn more about this technology:
- Unlike blood testing, it is non-invasive, samples can be taken quickly, before drugs metabolize, and it provides results to police officers and drivers immediately.
- It is a new technology to the US, but not to elsewhere in the world where it has been thoroughly tested and used to improve
The Canadian Mothers Against Drunk Driving organization has promoted two initiatives to the Canadian government, one of which we support, and one of which we do not. The following letter was sent to MADD, explaining our position:
I understand you are promoting availability of oral fluid testing for use at roadside, which I commend. We are doing the same in Colorado, where most of my effort is concentrated. We also hope to use these devices … READ MORE
Friday, March 28, 2014, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) hosted a town hall meeting on medical marijuana. Dr. Larry Wolk, the department’s chief medical officer announced that doctors will now be required to provide more documentation to support any recommendation for more than 6 marijuana plants per patient.
Some castigated Wolk for demanding justification for more than 6 marijuana plants per patient. Others are relieved to see what appears to be some … READ MORE
SB 14-155 was introduced to the Colorado State Legislature March 10th.
It seeks to use state funds to further “research” to promote the beneficial effects of marijuana.
This bill should not even see the light of day for at least the following reasons:
- Section 1(b) of the legislation is not true. Coloradans will use marijuana regardless of the potential therapeutic effects of the weed – or its adverse consequences. They’ve already proven that.