Spate of drugged driving deaths alarms U.S. regulators
The increase corresponds with a movement to legalize marijuana, troubling experts who readily acknowledge that the effects of pot use on drivers remain poorly understood.
Where Recreational Pot is legal: 50% of babies tested at Pueblo hospital tested positive for THC.
Colorado’s legalization of recreational marijuana has led to an increase in the number of babies being born THC-positive. The state and other agencies are now engaged in a campaign to educate women about the possible dangers of using pot during pregnancy and breast feeding.
Washington marijuana-related traffic fatalities have doubled since legalization
Fatal crashes involving drivers who recently used marijuana doubled in Washington after the state legalized the drug, according to the latest research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
In Oregon, troopers reported an increase of 163% in pot DUI arrests in the first six months of legalization.
Fact Check: “Yes on 2”
Claim #1: “Marijuana will be produced and sold by licensed businesses instead of cartels and criminals.”
Truth: Illegal cartels are rapidly growing in states where recreational pot is now legal. The notion that legalization of recreational marijuana will end the black market and stop the cartels from operating is not only completely false but legalization has made the situation worse. (Read More) FULL FACT CHECK HERE.
Cartel Facts: “Is Pot Losing Its Buzz in Colorado?”
Since 2013, law officials say, they have busted 88 drug cartel operations across the state, and just last year law-enforcement made a bust that recovered $12 million in illegal marijuana. Adds Coffman: “That’s crime we hadn’t previously had in Colorado.” (Source)
Study Finds Sharp Increase in Marijuana Exposure Among Colorado Children
Legalizing pot in Nevada would make child friendly, edible versions of the drug available such as brownies, lollipops, and gummy bears which have been easily confused for candy in other states, and eaten by underage children. (Source)
Kids’ emergency room visits for marijuana increased in Colorado after legalization, study finds
The number of pot related visits of children nine years old and younger to the Emergency Room have doubled and reports to the poison control center are up five times since Colorado legalized pot despite childproof packaging laws. (Source)
Reports to the poison control center are up 5 times.
A study conducted by a group of Colorado doctors found that “the number of Colorado children who’ve been reported to a poison control center or examined at a hospital for unintentional marijuana exposure annually has spiked since the state legalized recreational cannabis…” The study found that, “eighty-seven cases of children ages 9 and younger ingesting, inhaling or otherwise exposed to cannabis were called in to the state’s regional poison control center from 2014 through 2015 – more than the 76 total cases in the four years preceding legalization, the study says. Exposure-related visits for the same age range also rose at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora: 32 visits for the first two years after legalization, against 30 visits for the four years prior. Nearly half of the hospital visits since 2009 involved edibles such as brownies and candies.” (Source)
Study finds fatal crashes in Colorado have risen since legalized marijuana
In the first year pot was available at retail stores in Colorado, ninety-four people died in crashes where a driver involved tested positive for some amount of marijuana, which is up thirty-two percent over previous years. (Source)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Since legalizing marijuana, Colorado climbed to number one among states for both youth (12-17) and college age adults (18-25) marijuana use.