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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Legalized Marijuana Causing Major Problems

Driving under the influence of marijuana can be as dangerous to the public as driving drunk. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, which is one of the States that has legalized recreational use of marijuana, the number of fatal accidents caused by drivers high on marijuana has sharply increased in the last decade. Now up to 30 percent of all the impaired driving cases in Colorado are actually due to driving under the influence of marijuana. But unlike alcohol, which is easy to test in the bloodstream, marijuana is more difficult to test for in drivers who are under its influence. Expensive, time-consuming blood tests with delayed results are needed to test for marijuana use, while inexpensive breathalyzer tests can provide immediate results as to alcohol consumption.

Four states have legalized marijuana for recreational use, and another 24 states have legalized marijuana for so-called medical purposes, which means merely that approval by a doctor is required. Almost any medical condition, such as minor back pain, is being used in those states by people to obtain as much marijuana as they like. The Democratic Party platform calls for greater legalization of marijuana, despite all the harm and increases in crime that it causes. The Republican Party platform committee, however, wisely rejected an attempt to insert a plank that would have opened the door to legal use of this harmful drug.

In Arizona, where only so-called medical uses of marijuana are lawful, police recently observed that the marijuana industry has increased the potency of marijuana to higher and higher levels, and some of this is starting even to sicken children. Marijuana users are cautioned against smoking in front of children, yet in one recent case a mother even gave to her children marijuana-laced candy that she had received from someone else who held a Medicinal Marijuana Card.

Republicans were absolutely right to keep this bad drug out of our platform!

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