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As Voters Consider Pot Laws, Safety Experts Urge Caution

"I urge caution," says governor of Colorado, first state to legalize.

by on Oct.31, 2016

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Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper advises states exercise caution in the months after the legalization of marijuana. Photo credit: CBS News

These states would join four others and the District of Columbia where pot is already legal for recreational use, along with a number of others where it can be used for medical purposes.

Proponents say the change is long overdue and would, among other things, unburden an overtaxed justice system while no longer turning casual users into potential criminals. But critics, as well as some automotive safety advocates, are raising caution flags, warning that legalization could translate into trouble on the nation’s highways.

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“I urge caution,” said Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, whose state was, along with Washington, the first in the country to vote for decriminalization. (more…)

Legal Marijuana Forcing States to Examine Impaired Driving Laws

Concern growing about the problem of smoking and driving.

by on Dec.29, 2014

An increasing number of Americans are concerned about driving while under the influence of marijuana.

How much pot can a person smoke and then drive safely? It’s a question more and more states are grappling with as the legalization of marijuana becomes more widespread.

Those states are not alone as nearly half of Americans express similar concerns and report feeling that drug-impaired drivers are a bigger problem today compared to three years ago, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

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While 85% of Americans support marijuana-impairment laws, according to its latest survey, the definition of “impairment” is a tough one to nail down when it comes to John Q. Public as well as the law enforcement community. (more…)

Study Sees Rise in Fatal Crashes Linked to Marijuana Use

Increase may cause some to rethink legalization efforts.

by on Jun.09, 2014

The number of vehicle accidents involving marijuana have increased three-fold in the last 10 years.

When police responded to a five-car crash near Monroe, Washington, last week they wound up arresting a local woman blamed with driving under the influence of marijuana.

A total of 12 people were injured in the accident, but they might consider themselves lucky considering the results of a new study published by Columbia University, which finds the number of fatal crashes involving the use of marijuana tripled from 2000 to 2010.

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That could raise new concerns about the growing push to legalize weed, a movement that has gained momentum since both Colorado and Washington approved the public use of the drug last year. (more…)