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Colorado Now Seeing The Downside Of A Legal High

Legal Marijuana in Colorado leading to a number of arrest

Less than six months after Colorado became the first state to announce that it was legalizing the use of recreational marijuana, the battle between good and evil with the state’s decision still rages on.

The New York Times reported that law enforcement officers in Colorado and neighboring states, emergency room doctors, and legalization opponents have shed light on a series of recent problems as cautionary lessons for other states flirting with loosening marijuana laws.

Recent reports from the state have attempted to trace marijuana as the catalyst for a number of crimes around the city. In one report, officials said a Denver man who, hours after buying a package of marijuana-infused Karma Kandy from one of Colorado’s new recreational marijuana shops, began raving about the end of the world and then pulled a handgun from the family safe and killed his wife. Hospital officials also said they have been treating a “growing number” of children and adults sickened by potent doses of edible marijuana. Sheriffs in neighboring states also complained about stoned drivers streaming out of Colorado and through their towns.

Convinced of marijuana’s dangers, the DEA and vocal groups of police officers, educators, and public health officials remain steadfastly opposed to the growing legalization movement. Legalization poses significant health and safety risks to Americans, the group argued to Science News. They say the drug wipes out memories, steals IQ points, and triggers psychosis, leaving behind a zombie nation of slackers vegetating in their parents’ basements. The group also concluded that the consequences may be especially damaging for teens.

“I think, by any measure, the experience of Colorado has not been a good one unless you’re in the marijuana business,” said Kevin A. Sabet, executive director of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, which opposes legalization. “We’ve seen lives damaged. We’ve seen deaths directly attributed to marijuana legalization. We’ve seen marijuana slipping through Colorado’s borders. We’ve seen marijuana getting into the hands of kids.”

In January, right after the initiative began, the Colorado State Patrol began tracking the number of people pulled over for driving under the influence of marijuana. Since then, marijuana-impaired drivers have made up about 1.5 percent of all citations for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Proponents of the law argued that officials are nit-picking at the budding industry and such criticism seeks to tarnish the industry’s name.

Supporters also argued that the majority of the state’s medical and recreational marijuana stores have been on the straight-and-narrow, and have abided by the state’s stringent rules. However, the cases in Colorado have been mounting since the law was enacted.

In February, for example, in the Denver suburb of Aurora, a 17-year-old planned to rob an out-of-state marijuana buyer. According to law enforcement officials, he accidentally shot and killed his girlfriend instead.

Colorado is also beginning to see more cases of pot-infused edible treats, such as cookies and chocolates.

In April, a fourth grader showed up on the playground and sold some of his grandmother’s marijuana to three classmates. The next day, one of those students returned to the playground bringing in a marijuana treat he had swiped from his own grandmother.

In March, the state recorded its first death directly tied to legal recreational marijuana when a 19-year-old African exchange student, Levy Thamba Pongi, fell to his death after he and three other students had driven from their college in Wyoming to sample Colorado’s newly legal ware legal marijuana. Mr. Pongi ate marijuana-infused cookies, began acting wildly, and leapt from a hotel balcony. officials said. The medical examiner’s office said marijuana intoxication had made a “significant” contribution to the accident.

Although medical marijuana has been legal in Colorado since late 2000, the legal and personal responsibility that comes along with this new law is still attempting to find its footing.

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254 Responses to “Colorado Now Seeing The Downside Of A Legal High”

  1. Anonymous

    Lies! This is the same scare tactics they used in the 30's.

  2. Axel Vasa

    Now let's talk about all the wonderful things that alcohol does for society,,,,

  3. Anonymous

    A million deaths later alcohol going strong……hello

  4. Anonymous

    Right NObody EVER did ANYTHING BAD while stoned……

  5. Josh Helix Damon

    Reefer Madness…….
    Those few points stated above are nothing compared to what alcohol does and has been doing for several generations to society and it's minors.

  6. Anonymous

    That's it? I think the tactics used in the 1930's were a lot worst. ONE psycho killing his wife and ONE criminal killing his girlfriend to rob? Alcohol is killing someone every second and it's LEGAL!

  7. Anonymous

    Remember, we banned that as well and still had drunks and crime…… legal pot will still have stoners and crime… Not everyone will buy theirs through legal shops… Still will deal with street dealers and nothing will change except more altered minds in the heads of people who can't cope..

  8. Anonymous

    Now lets yawn at the dim rote, insipid strawman the doper lobby whips out whenever dope is the topic

  9. Anonymous

    The topic is dope and the dope jihad can do nothing but dimly and rotely mention alcohol, over and over, dimly and rotely

  10. Baroga Park

    OMG … some loose cannon apparently went "crazy" after smoking a joint, lost complete touch with reality & killed some ppl. Shocking BIG media would even report on this. They sure don't ever mention the "legal" PRESCRIPTION anti-psychotics that are involved in virtually EVERY mass shooting. Nor do they ever miss a chance to attack the 2nd amendment.

  11. Anonymous

    Strawman madness, strawman madness, when the doper has nothing to say, he recites "but alcohol, but alcohol"

  12. Joe Bla

    yep lame ass scare tactics, its to late its already legal get used to it or leave.

  13. Anonymous

    A “growing number of children" will buy into the lie that dope is kewl and swag and harmless, and that they can't be kewl or sway if the don't imbibe and dope out on the crud

  14. Histepa Thirtytwopusher

    You people that wright these story's and approve them should be thrown in jail for the miss leading crap you say and try to scare people with your views. Pull up the last alcohol deaths in the last six months in Colorado and do not forget about the two that died falling out widows from being drunk. Drugs have been smuggled in and out of just about every state in this country and now you just bringing it up because Colorado is legal and you are trying to make a dumb case where you have no idea what you are talking about. P.S. Using the phrase evil makes you biased right off the start.

  15. Rick Taylor

    Right? In the 1930's marijuana was an unpredictable drug with made those who took it manic and homicidal. During WWII and The korean conflict (probably vietnam too) the enemy wanted our men to smoke marijuana and become docile and peaceful, thus incapable of fighting. Well, that is what our government and big industry told us. This is at the same time they were experimenting with LSD and other psychoactive compounds designed to make our soldiers tougher, meaner and able to fight longer. It boils down to control and religion. Frankly, if anything should be outlawed it should be religion.

  16. Richard Erdreich

    This article is long on hyperbole and short on facts, this is how you can distinguish it as a propaganda piece. Lets see real statistics about the problems not annecdotal stories listed piecemeal. What ever happened to journalistic integrity?

  17. Brad Thomas

    kingofextras Of course people have done bad things while high on pot. It just has nothing to do with their motivation.

  18. Ednar Sexton

    Get back to basics.

    Nothing at all s/b in your body when you are driving a ton & a half battering ram.

    If you do, then you s/b hooked up to lights on your car to warn everyone on the road … especially the law!

    The decision to drive stoned or drunk is everyone's decision b/c everyone's life is also at stake!

  19. Josh Helix Damon

    votealready … Sorry to state I don't smoke weed or consume edibles! But I have seen people die in terrible wrecks from alcohol, and seen families fail because of alcohol.

  20. Logan Farmer

    Propaganda!!! Lets talk about the widespread social harm inflicted by law enforcement, on the general public, in the name of the "War on Drugs." People have to figure out responsible use. Shoving back in the closet is only the answer if you are a jackboot, prison owner/employee, supply equipment to law enforcement, or belong to big pharma. Of course there are private probation offices, "medical" facilities, specializing in court ordered re-education programs, and then the entire drug testing industry as well.

  21. Gerard Barbier

    They are a bunch of idiots, don't buy any of these edible stuffs You don;t know what they put in it!
    You buy the real weed, smoke it or vaporize it .that's it morons!!! There is no way marijuana will make you kill someone, lies.lies. I have been using it for 30 years.

  22. Ron Moore

    Who said reefer madness was dead? What I don't understand is don't they know we know they are lying. Law enforcement are trained to lie in order to get evidence. In this case they are lying to keep their cash cow.

  23. John R. Brink Jr.

    I think pot is as illegal for fourth graders in Colorado as it is everywhere else. Driving under the influence is also still illegal. Also the opinions of the DEA are inconsequential, If the head of the DEA wants to write policy rather than enforce, she should run for congress.

  24. Logan Farmer

    The real "dope jihad" is the war on drugs. The only people who support it are sheep and the wolves in sheep's clothing, known as law enforcement.

  25. Anonymous

    kingofextras you'd have to be a nut to pay two to three times as much for the legal stuff

  26. Anonymous

    exactly….and one or two drinks does nothing….one or two joints….I assume more than nothing

  27. Mistie Ellington

    Ummm, something some of you dumb azzes and the Inquistr included, need to get real. There are many who smoke or consume marijuana and have done so for more than 30 years. If people were going to be zombies sitting in their mom's basement, then you would have a nation of lazy workers, and we know that Americans work more than anyother country! This is a bald face lie put out by the local anti marijuana nut bags. People do evil and they do not need a drug to make them do it. Get some education on the subject instead of looking like fools!

  28. John W. Wilford

    What proof do we have that this is not a lie. The New York times should keep up with New York. Let's hear what the Colorado times say.

  29. Preston Lee

    Its a problem for sure, with respect to quality and quantity, once ingested and metabolized your at the mercy of the high and it can be a cascading hard to control the high,I can see many freaking out.there should be strict controls on edibles more so than smokables

  30. Brian Bennett

    It's reefer madness all over again! Hide yo kids, hide yo wifeee!

  31. Logan Farmer

    Rick Taylor He is talking about the Edgewood Arsenal Experiments, but then being paid government shills, you probably knew that.

  32. Cooper Thompson

    And I've never heard about any of those things happening from alcohol…

  33. Corey Malcolm Lajeunesse

    "Sheriffs in neighboring states also complained about stoned drivers streaming out of Colorado and through their towns.
    Convinced of marijuana’s dangers, the DEA and vocal groups of police officers, educators, and public health officials remain steadfastly opposed to the growing legalization movement. Legalization poses significant health and safety risks to Americans, the group argued to Science News. They say the drug wipes out memories, steals IQ points, and triggers psychosis, leaving behind a zombie nation of slackers vegetating in their parents’ basements. The group also concluded that the consequences may be especially damaging for teens.

    …and yet alcohol and computer games are still legal. (don't they cause the exact same symptoms, only on a MUCH larger scale?)

  34. Anonymous

    The really scarey point is that most of the government officials smoked pot on a regular basis when they were in college.

  35. Anonymous

    Idiots are always going to revive the false 1930's "reefer madness" BS

  36. Steven Boer

    You people that wright these story's and approve them should be thrown in jail for the miss leading crap you say and try to scare people with your views…..

    Maybe the statement you just made proved the fact that marijuana does cause people to lose IQ…

  37. Logan Farmer

    A shrinking number of people are buying into this scare tactic because they realize that criminalizing kids rather than dealing with their age-inappropriate behavior is socially destructive. Fear mongering isn't constructive.

  38. Cyndi Winzeler

    but it DOES do permanent damage to the nerve's myelin sheath in those under 25 or so taking it- which is probably the vast majority of those taking it.

  39. Lisa Lisa

    So making Marijuana legal suddenly caused all of these crimes to happen in Colorado. How "F"ing stupid do you think people are today? By your account people just started using Marijuana once it became legal causing these things to happen now. News flash! People were smoking Marijuana in Colorado long before it was made legal with none of the bizarre things you are reporting happening. Why is it that you Marijuana haters always fail to mention the real killers out there sanctioned by our government. Everyday household cleaning products, tobacco, alcohol, prescribed meds, MacDonalds, Pizza Hut, etc. Marijuana use did not make that man kill his wife. Although he might try and use it as an excuse since you put it out there for him. If Marijuana really made smokers murders, then everyday would be just like the movie, "The Purge". Mobs would constantly be in the causing mayhem and committing all sorts of wholesale crimes, NOT.

  40. Logan Farmer

    People simply have to learn responsible use patterns. Look up "alcohol expectations." Society's concept of Cannabis is largely the problem here.

  41. Matt Zunder

    Of course there will be teething problems. Properly regulating it to keep it out of the hands of children and educating people about safe usage is something that needs to be done.

    However, this is just scaremongering. The "direct death", notice they said "was a leading factor", I bet you will find out that the guy who killed himself already had a bunch of psychological problems and depression, and it's well known that whiskey can cause depressed people to throw themselves off a building, too.

  42. Matt Zunder

    It's also very uninteresting that 1.5 percent of car stops related to drugs and drink are made by marijuana…what? 1.5? no way! (that's almost nothing)

  43. Benjamin Christopher Ahlbrandt

    Now replace every instance of the word marijuana with the word alcohol and see if anyone is outraged.

  44. Bluesister Sky

    The truth is, Marijuana, like alcohol, is a perfectly safe drug when used with restraint and responsibility. However, like alcohol, it has the potential to be abused by people who have addiction issues. In spite if the fantastic and gruesome tales of crime and violence that are being reported. Alcohol still reigns as the single most destructive, legally obtainable without -a- prescription drug , that is available today. In fact, alcohol causes death and destruction somewhere in the united states EVERY SINGLE DAY and in spite of the headlines, these incidents of violence and overdose are but a grain of sand when weighed against the history of Alcohol. Yet Alcohol will never again be illegal. Marijuana use is as old or older than alcohol use. It is suspect to me, that now that it is legal, people are "Suddenly" overdosing and becoming violent. There were no stories what so ever about violence linked to marijuana consumption before the legalization in Colorado. (except for the gang violence that is always involved in illegal drug sales) I also believe that if the details of the story were fully disclosed , the man who committed murder while supposedly being under the influence of marijuana candy, would probably be found to have been either mentally ill to begin with, or on more than one drug at the time of the shooting. I am a medical marijuana patient and I am so grateful for this plant. Without it, I would be on a cocktail of drugs that are addictive and truly dangerous.

  45. Matt Zunder

    Also they talk about how it will make a generation of slackers devolving in their parents basement. The point is here that if they cannot become a worker for the capitalist model it is harmful. That is why alcohol is great because you wake up the next day and you can still go to work and make money for the man.

  46. Aaron Sokol

    Hilarious. The downside of legal marijuana is that criminal police officers can't stay out of harms way by targeting non-violent offenders by stealing their money/cars/drugs etc…

  47. Preston Lee

    kinda of funny story, today a person i know (experienced indulger)told me of consuming some edibles last night,said it would not stop,it went on for hours,sometimes it scared him how high he got,he couldn't even sleep it was so intense,scared the crap out of him :)

  48. Anonymous

    honestly, get a grip is a good choice of words. How many people kill under the influence of alcohol. Some of these cases, though sad, are not due to smoking pot, but to disturbed people and careless homicide as I read it. "SCARE MONGERING" are other choice words to use. Is DEA and Law Enforcement missing their overtime. Well go home and have a beer for goodness sake,but give it a rest. These different incidents happen because people are not being more careful, like the kids who stole from their grandmothers cookies. Blame the granny good witch for not keeping an eye on her cookies but not the baked goodies. The guy who shot his wife must have been a raving lunatic in the first place. All these different crimes could have been committed under the influence of alcohol, or any other pill. They are minimal compared to everyday crime that occurs, well, everyday. America is a violent country and nothing that people absorbed into their blood stream or their reptilian brain cells will make them do these things. They are just weirdos doing weird things. You may as well blame ketchup inhalation for making them do these awful things. What is needed is better control of the sale and distribution of pot especially to minors.
    And people start acting more responsible, and this includes the manufacturers of weed goodie gumdrops
    and other edibles. Warn people as to the dosages involved and like a person who is drunk and wants more beer, just say no, you have had enough. But don't go blaming the plant but the people who misuse and abuse a new but very old product. Remember when the Mexican immigrants were blamed for all the weed problems ? Well that's how stupid this sounds too. It's a natural high so relax and think about the good things in life, which any crime is definitely not included.

  49. Patrick Melugin

    what a ridiculous and patently deceptive example of fear mongering. no surprise that such an article isn't credited to anyone.

  50. Mark Sporzynski

    Ok… so let me get this straight…the guy who bought "a package of marijuana-infused Karma Kandy" and used a gun to kill his wife did it because Marijuana is legal there…or because guns are legal there? Answer=Guns… so shut the hell up…idiots…

  51. Ashley Simms

    read the news from any state and you'll find some pot related issues , . kids in every state can get weed , do they think its just in colorado? people that want it will get it anyway , they just wont be filling up the jails . it should be kept from kids as best as possible ,and the candy flavored is not a good idea , small children could injest that . overall , alcohol seems to cause more problems and certainly more deaths . The DEA wants it illegal because they make a lot of money enforcing that law . money from drug busts , go in their pockets .

  52. Anonymous

    Total BS. I have a math degree, several patents, net worth in excess of $2M… Oh, I like the herb…

  53. Anonymous

    people don't support any paper or any media that comes out against pot they are the enemy we are the majority don't buy their products stick it to them .

  54. Anonymous

    This is called growing pains. At no time in history did something being introduced did not have negative side affects. The safety tops on prescription drugs didn't start that way and many children died or were hospitalized. We won't even discuss drunk driving. The first funeral I ever went to over 37 years ago was a child killed by a drunk driver. One guy killing his wife might have more to do with him and her not getting along so well than the MJ but I digress. I have never smoked MJ in my life so it doesn't matter to me one way or the other in regards to legalization.

    The DEA has been getting paid for all of these years due to "war on drugs" so they really don't have any encouragement to promote the legalization of Pot since 80%+ of their busts are related to MJ. I wonder how many people here would purposely promote anything that would knowingly kill their job.

  55. Amanda Kay Clark

    This is bs…the man that killed his family was obviously a highly gullible conspiracy theorist or highly religious because it even states that he was rambling about the end of the world and that was around the blood moon time as well…which was tied to end time prophecies…so this guy was already on the ledge he just needed the motivation to jump…also the kid that jumped to his death was a NINETEEN year old AFRICAN EXCHANGE STUDENT… let that soak in..not even old enough to buy the product…so yea sais a lot…and last thing, all of this could have been done and probably has been done while under the influence of alcohol too..so why aren't they currently criticizing every little issue of those businesses right now?! So yea people common sense and research…goes a long way.

  56. Anonymous

    Maybe I would believe all of this BS if I was stoned… then again I would probably already be dead, jumping off balconies and such

  57. David Francis

    Those fucking idiots are going to ruin it for everyone else. Although every state that has it for legal medical use has had these problems. Kids getting a hold of edibles due to irresponsible parents, driving,etc. I'm sure these are a very small minority. I'm having a hard time believing weed made a guy flip his shit and shoot his wife without some underlining problems or something else in his system. But im sure alcohol has always been and always will be a much bigger problem than weed. Sounds like more reefer madness.

    It all comes down to personal responsibility. The parents leaving their CANDY infused with THC are the same moronic parents that leave guns in easy to access spots,etc. Are we once again going to attempt to punish the majority because of the stupidity and irresponsibility of a minority? My fucking god.

  58. Anonymous

    The New York Times is no longer a credible source for information

  59. Brendan O'Connor

    During that same time what is the damage from alcohol and painkillers….ya,ya 3 wrongs don't make a right so make them all legal or make them all illegal

  60. James L Chapman

    Rick, Hitler and Stalin weren't exactly religious either (unless you want to count Hitler's lip service when he opposed communism…he never seriously practiced after his childhood). Do you want to be painted with the same brush as them?

  61. Casey Tackett

    Oh shit it's the gore files all over again! protect your children and wives… people are going axe murdering crazy off marijuana! Such lies and bullshit. Henry Anslinger called… he wants his cut from the hidden political drug deal for using his old stories as new stuff! HAHA

  62. Spencer Bell

    votealready Your nothing but a douche who can only say the dopers can only say but alcohol. My grandfather died of alcoholism as did my father. My mothers cancer was eased by the use of MMJ. So you asshole cop or whatever you are, you are full of shit and should stop trolling because you obviously don't know jack shit about what you are saying. GFY. I'll tell what that means if your dumb ass can't figure it out on you own.

  63. Anonymous

    I'm 59 yrs old and have been smoking sense the age of 17 have had my own company at the age of 22, I don't forget things I don't or never have veg out in a basement or anywhere like it. I have never been violent or had a traffic accident from it. The things they talk about in this post are the same things that have been going before it was made legal. I have two suggestion's for Colorado stop selling the food infused marijuana its like drinking a sweet alcohol drink you don't no how much you've had until its to late. But most of all if you do not have an ID that shows that you are a resident of Colorado it is a no sale policy. As for the adults, grandparents, moms dads, aunts and uncle If you lock the liquor up you need to lock the weed up.

  64. Pete Griff

    Just wait till the Mexican Drug Cartels move up here and start taking over legitimate shops to sell their product thru front men. See they don't take no for an answer and they kill entire families to get their way.

  65. Anonymous

    The battle of good and evil? How stupid can they be ! Knowing knowledge is a fruit… How about life and truth…?
    Who protects and serves life instead of the land of the fee and exploited revenues from we. divided family for a false profit… endless pit of debt…
    they who serve a LIE and trample on our God given rites…! Violent war beast that wars with life…Murdering for profit and Lie's….fire awaits the wretched fate…exposed in their masquerade. To proud to repent
    of all the oppression on the poor they dish…

    Genesis 1:29
    Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.
    Genesis 1:30
    And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
    Genesis 9:3
    Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.
    Leviticus 25:37
    You must not lend them money at interest or sell them food at a profit.
    Psalm 15:5
    who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never be shaken.
    Ezekiel 18:13
    He lends at interest and takes a profit. Will such a man live? He will not! Because he has done all these detestable things, he is to be put to death; his blood will be on his own head.
    Ezekiel 22:12
    In you are people who accept bribes to shed blood; you take interest and make a profit from the poor. You extort unjust gain from your neighbors. And you have forgotten me, declares the Sovereign Lord.

  66. John Thomas

    Nonsense. Marijuana doesn't harm the brain or any other part of the body. In fact, studies shows marijuana helps prevent the deadly swelling of brain trauma, gives the brain more stamina, helps prevent Alzheimer's and similar brain diseases, and actually stimulates the production of new brain cells.

    Every negative "point" of this article is either a lie or an extreme exaggeration. As the DEA's own administrative law judge, Francis Young, concluded after an exhaustive review of the evidence: "Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man."

  67. Preston Lee

    I'm pretty sure you could OD mentally or experience some form of shock. A persons driving ability would be totally impaired, scary stuff

  68. Matthew Stillwell

    The Inquisitr is a far right-wing pit stop where the people who've already made up their minds can agree on all the nonsense. For instance, murders on marijuana. Not likely. Scare-tactics. Hogwash. Ignore the propaganda. Listen to common sense. This ain't where you find the voice of reason.

  69. Bryan Freeman

    OK, I don't smoke weed, not interested. But let's look at the three deaths, The very best that is presented as even remotely a link is the acute intoxication that was a contributing factor. Break it down, a "contributing" factor. That means one part of many and not the deciding factor that lead to his actions. Nor can it be determined that if the removal of any one factor would of lead to a different outcome.
    The boy who shot his girlfriend on accident? Well, that is a robbery and the deal was apparently one from a street level dealer who intended to kill anyway. So to attribute that to legalization isn't right.
    The man who shot his wife…obviously an attempt to draw causation from mere speculation.

  70. Anonymous

    such crap, ive been buying treats like this from pot shops in cali for a few years and nothing ive experienced like this. lame

  71. Ed Schlosser

    No real facts or statistics for this hit piece of propaganda. So far there has been no increase in crime, no increase in DUI's, and revenue exceeds all expectations. Youth use is DOWN in states with legalized medical marijuana as is all crime in general. In states like California it's use hasn't had any negative effects, and many positive ones including a reduction in youth use. Colorado is reaping revenue from the sales tax on recreational marijuana that are now almost double initial estimates. Not that there won't be individual cases of people smoking marijuana and acting stupidly, but those people would probably be drinking, or doing absolutely nothing chemically, and still act stupidly. Statistically we see no significant problems and a significant positive in individual liberty; the basis of this government. The best we could hope for is a shift away from the use of alcohol. I'm a toxicologist. Alcohol is by far the single biggest problem we have today. It is far more dangerous than marijuana which is a benign substance safer to use than is aspirin.

  72. Bryan Teyker

    Damn 1 person died?! How many have died from drinking and driving, alcohol poisoning, and various other ways alcohol has caused death. Also, did you hear that people die from smoking? Also driving, walking, running, swimming, and pretty much anything you can do in life can be fatal. I've never heard or seen anyone "go crazy" after eating an edible or smoking marijuana. Hell most people just sit down, watch TV or play video games. Hell a lot of people smoke and then go to work and they are fine.

  73. William Drewe

    bla bla bla bla , bla bla ,. bla bla , same things they have always dealt with , so in that case , i guess you could say nothing is really different , legal or illegal there will always be some cases of problems , same as alcohol ..

  74. Arthur Stordahl

    "…marijuana-impaired drivers have made up about 1.5 percent of all citations for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol"…. In other words, 15 out of 1000 dui's were stoned? oh no!

  75. Donald Fukeyu

    votealready, you're just an idiot. Of course alcohol is brought up every single time. Can you comprehend statistics and math!? And how astronomical these numbers are in comparison. Seriously?! It's embarrassingly elementary. It's as simple as up tight, insecure people, who live in glass skin, trip out whenever they're high on weed. And assume that all people are as fucked up as they are. No, people who smoke pot regularly are not as mentally fragile as those that can not handle it. And again, yes, it is a drug and just like alcohol and prescription drugs. It's usually a matter of over consumption. If you over consume marijuana, you may feel awkward for a few of hours. The others, you can very, very easily lose your life. I'm saying this as a man who just lost an aunt, 3 weeks ago, 38 years old, who had two children because of prescription drugs and alcohol. And I have a mother who at any time, can suffer the same fate because of prescription drugs and alcohol. As well as a guy who is experiencing organ failure and hypothyroidism because of prescription drugs (which by the way, in America, prescription drugs now kill more people then all illegal drugs combined). Which can allow a person to make an irrefutable statement that, yes doctors sell more death to American's then illegal drug dealers! It's Irrefutable!!! Your just dumb, math is the only thing in this world that we have, that is not debatable. Why do we continue to live in a world were it's not regarded as the plain and simple truth!

  76. Gary Newton

    Freck Wilkinson Yeah, I know that. And it's you're not your if you please.

  77. Gary Newton

    Freck Wilkinson Yeah, I know that. And it's you're not your if you please.

  78. Gary Newton

    Freck Wilkinson Not necessarily. But I am offended at the remark that "All" cops lie. My Brother in law is a respected retired Los Angeless Police detective, and I know for a fact this is painting with too broad a brush. It seems to me most people that hate cops hate them because they are law breakers and are afraid to do the time for the crime and have never needed the help of police. I was a liberal fool like that until I was assaulted and robbed at gunpoint when I was just a teenager. The cops showed up and took me for a ride along just to see if the criminals might still be in the area. They also helped me calm down as I was terrified. Anyway, I became a conservative on that day. No, the shithead robbers were never found. But they did try. So trash talk them all you want. You'll soon change your tune after you need their help someday.

  79. Gary Newton

    Freck Wilkinson Not necessarily. But I am offended at the remark that "All" cops lie. My Brother in law is a respected retired Los Angeless Police detective, and I know for a fact this is painting with too broad a brush. It seems to me most people that hate cops hate them because they are law breakers and are afraid to do the time for the crime and have never needed the help of police. I was a liberal fool like that until I was assaulted and robbed at gunpoint when I was just a teenager. The cops showed up and took me for a ride along just to see if the criminals might still be in the area. They also helped me calm down as I was terrified. Anyway, I became a conservative on that day. No, the shithead robbers were never found. But they did try. So trash talk them all you want. You'll soon change your tune after you need their help someday.

  80. Tony Lee

    obviously the law idiots and public old people are just complaining, things are changing, and they cannot belive it, so lets, keep up the pressure, regardless of the stupid reason we have to complain.

  81. Tony Lee

    obviously the law idiots and public old people are just complaining, things are changing, and they cannot belive it, so lets, keep up the pressure, regardless of the stupid reason we have to complain.

  82. Joe Mc

    this is a joke right.? guys ate some weed candy so he murdered his wife… I don't fucking think so

  83. Joe Mc

    this is a joke right.? guys ate some weed candy so he murdered his wife… I don't fucking think so

  84. Anonymous

    Does this really have to do with Marijuana ? Or is it more having to do with the people having spoken and where government being used by the few is trying to say – "why think when others will do it for you" !

    The article is obvious nonsense. When States can make laws that the Federal Government must accept, less power remains with the Fed, and more to the States.

    Can you imagine the next set of Federal Laws that would be challenged by state laws – then what ?

    So its not about Marijuana, but about 'who is in control of what '-

  85. Anonymous

    Does this really have to do with Marijuana ? Or is it more having to do with the people having spoken and where government being used by the few is trying to say – "why think when others will do it for you" !

    The article is obvious nonsense. When States can make laws that the Federal Government must accept, less power remains with the Fed, and more to the States.

    Can you imagine the next set of Federal Laws that would be challenged by state laws – then what ?

    So its not about Marijuana, but about 'who is in control of what '-

  86. Steve Smith

    Gary Newton – Just wow….. You are a simple minded cow-troll aren't you? But I should be grateful for your ridiculous statements because it gives the vast MAJORITY of people that are in support of the amazing benefits of MJ the ability to focus on the one turd in the room.
    Thank you for being that turd.

  87. Steve Smith

    Gary Newton – Just wow….. You are a simple minded cow-troll aren't you? But I should be grateful for your ridiculous statements because it gives the vast MAJORITY of people that are in support of the amazing benefits of MJ the ability to focus on the one turd in the room.
    Thank you for being that turd.

  88. Anonymous

    How long before the voters of Colorado decide to pull the plug on this experiment?

  89. Anonymous

    How long before the voters of Colorado decide to pull the plug on this experiment?

  90. M Wolf Garcia

    vognick 1or 2 drinks does nothing? really? GO drink two fast drinks and let a cop pull you over and see what they say. Since you 'assume' and we all know what that means) I surmise you have 0 experience smoking weed. So, if you have no experience, how can you judge how bad it is? Because a study told you so?

  91. M Wolf Garcia

    vognick 1or 2 drinks does nothing? really? GO drink two fast drinks and let a cop pull you over and see what they say. Since you 'assume' and we all know what that means) I surmise you have 0 experience smoking weed. So, if you have no experience, how can you judge how bad it is? Because a study told you so?

  92. Jeffrey Moab

    OMG…..this article is full of crap…..smoking pot does not make you go waving guns around……this article is nothing but BS propaganda to convince idiots how evel it is…..and to think alcohol is legal…..sheesh

  93. Jeffrey Moab

    OMG…..this article is full of crap…..smoking pot does not make you go waving guns around……this article is nothing but BS propaganda to convince idiots how evel it is…..and to think alcohol is legal…..sheesh

  94. Jeffrey Moab

    the people who are against smoking pot are exactly the ones who need to be smoking it….mellow out people…..and alcohol is legal…..i detest drunks

  95. Jeffrey Moab

    the people who are against smoking pot are exactly the ones who need to be smoking it….mellow out people…..and alcohol is legal…..i detest drunks

  96. Jeffrey Moab

    thats funny…..i did not post this article….i did read it, but i did not post it to facebook….and i cant delete it now either

  97. Jeffrey Moab

    thats funny…..i did not post this article….i did read it, but i did not post it to facebook….and i cant delete it now either

  98. Jeffrey Moab

    Dear facebook….how dare you post articles to my site that i did not post….i did read this srticle, but i would never have posted it to facebook……this has got to be illegal for you to do this

  99. Jeffrey Moab

    Dear facebook….how dare you post articles to my site that i did not post….i did read this srticle, but i would never have posted it to facebook……this has got to be illegal for you to do this

  100. Tom Kat

    Did anyone expect law enforcement and the DEA to be happy about legalization ? They see this as a major threat to their jobs.

  101. Tom Kat

    Did anyone expect law enforcement and the DEA to be happy about legalization ? They see this as a major threat to their jobs.

  102. Steve Dallas

    I have so many problems with this article. How many deaths occurred during this same period0 from alcohol?

  103. Steve Dallas

    I have so many problems with this article. How many deaths occurred during this same period0 from alcohol?

  104. Anonymous

    This is a bad idea not because pot is bad for you.. not because you can OD on it.. not because it will make you violent or make you kill ppl…. But because it WILL kill your motivation.. plain and simple… ya sure there are ppl that can and have the ability to use it and not abuse it but the majority will abuse it… Alocoholism is the same way… get drunk every day and do nothing… now the ones that don't get drunk will get high instead…. the right way would have been decriminilization .. stop ppl from going to jail losing everything over a bag of weed but not promote it… tax it and make it "OK"… its a motivational killer… and now its gonna be way easier for teens to constantly have it… even the ones that might have just "tried" it a couple times in school… now they have way more oppurtunity to "try" it more.. A's gonna be B"s.. C's D's.. learning will go downhill… i smoke pot and smoked for years so before you all jump on me and say i'm stupid blah blah.. first tell me im lieing. ( And getting "great" ideas while your stoned doesn't count… do you actually act on them later or just get high and think about it again?)

  105. Anonymous

    This is a bad idea not because pot is bad for you.. not because you can OD on it.. not because it will make you violent or make you kill ppl…. But because it WILL kill your motivation.. plain and simple… ya sure there are ppl that can and have the ability to use it and not abuse it but the majority will abuse it… Alocoholism is the same way… get drunk every day and do nothing… now the ones that don't get drunk will get high instead…. the right way would have been decriminilization .. stop ppl from going to jail losing everything over a bag of weed but not promote it… tax it and make it "OK"… its a motivational killer… and now its gonna be way easier for teens to constantly have it… even the ones that might have just "tried" it a couple times in school… now they have way more oppurtunity to "try" it more.. A's gonna be B"s.. C's D's.. learning will go downhill… i smoke pot and smoked for years so before you all jump on me and say i'm stupid blah blah.. first tell me im lieing. ( And getting "great" ideas while your stoned doesn't count… do you actually act on them later or just get high and think about it again?)

  106. Anonymous

    Look at these fools trying to propagate the legality… I wish they would do us a favor and show side by side the issues they claim with Marijuana to the same time period for alcohol.

  107. Anonymous

    Look at these fools trying to propagate the legality… I wish they would do us a favor and show side by side the issues they claim with Marijuana to the same time period for alcohol.

  108. Anonymous

    vognick Dante Stallworth had 1 or 2 drinks (in his own words) and ran someone down with his truck while they were walking from a bus stop to work… You know what they say about assuming? Yeah you definitely are in donkey mode.

  109. Anonymous

    vognick Dante Stallworth had 1 or 2 drinks (in his own words) and ran someone down with his truck while they were walking from a bus stop to work… You know what they say about assuming? Yeah you definitely are in donkey mode.

  110. Billy Carr

    The lobbyists are trying hard to pin the first death related to Pot!!!

  111. Billy Carr

    The lobbyists are trying hard to pin the first death related to Pot!!!

  112. Gary Johnston

    Follow the money! These folks are likely to have their hands in illegal distribution!

  113. Gary Johnston

    Follow the money! These folks are likely to have their hands in illegal distribution!

  114. Gary Johnston

    It didn't work with alcohol and it isn't working with pot. They taught us that history repeats itself and they can't deny the fact that it is being repeated even when it stares them in the face. We need to feret out the illegal profiteers, my suspicion is that they are high up in government and law enforcement.

  115. Gary Johnston

    It didn't work with alcohol and it isn't working with pot. They taught us that history repeats itself and they can't deny the fact that it is being repeated even when it stares them in the face. We need to feret out the illegal profiteers, my suspicion is that they are high up in government and law enforcement.

  116. Freck Wilkinson

    Gary Newton well good for you but cops will still lie, twist the truth, do what ever they can to get a conviction and the only criminal record I have is a few traffic tickets so I'm not one of these law breakers you want to blame everything on. Now your just a conservative fool so what's the difference? I haven't been on here talking any trash either so don't use that excuse. You'll change your tune when your house gets broken in or your car gets stolen but the cops aren't there because they're taking the easy way out and busting a pot smoker instead of going after real crime like somebody breaking into your house or stealing your car.

  117. Freck Wilkinson

    Gary Newton well good for you but cops will still lie, twist the truth, do what ever they can to get a conviction and the only criminal record I have is a few traffic tickets so I'm not one of these law breakers you want to blame everything on. Now your just a conservative fool so what's the difference? I haven't been on here talking any trash either so don't use that excuse. You'll change your tune when your house gets broken in or your car gets stolen but the cops aren't there because they're taking the easy way out and busting a pot smoker instead of going after real crime like somebody breaking into your house or stealing your car.

  118. Quay Quayhaylaya

    Alcohol has had the same issues since time immemorial. This is just one more way for people on the edge to destroy or end their lives and the lives of others. Rather than buy-sell busts, now law enforcement is going to be deluged with DUI interdiction. I smoked the stuff for years until I looked around and realized it was hampering my life, getting the way of my goals. Quit 29 years ago. Glad I did.

  119. Quay Quayhaylaya

    Alcohol has had the same issues since time immemorial. This is just one more way for people on the edge to destroy or end their lives and the lives of others. Rather than buy-sell busts, now law enforcement is going to be deluged with DUI interdiction. I smoked the stuff for years until I looked around and realized it was hampering my life, getting the way of my goals. Quit 29 years ago. Glad I did.

  120. Anonymous

    "In April, a fourth grader showed up on the playground and sold some of his grandmother’s marijuana to three classmates. The next day, one of those students returned to the playground bringing in a marijuana treat he had swiped from his own grandmother." How can Granny be so wrong?

  121. Anonymous

    "In April, a fourth grader showed up on the playground and sold some of his grandmother’s marijuana to three classmates. The next day, one of those students returned to the playground bringing in a marijuana treat he had swiped from his own grandmother." How can Granny be so wrong?

  122. Andy Deslauriers

    Michael Burch when people with brainwashed minds such as yourself die..we will finally have a country of people not retarded from movies like reefer madness and who know this plant has been used for thousands of years without any problems and is the best single medicine on this planet..

  123. Andy Deslauriers

    Michael Burch when people with brainwashed minds such as yourself die..we will finally have a country of people not retarded from movies like reefer madness and who know this plant has been used for thousands of years without any problems and is the best single medicine on this planet..

  124. Kris Williams

    "…It really all goes back to the founding fathers themselves who grew and smoked pot, with Thomas Jefferson advocating the separation of the male and female plants (which you don't do to make rope or other uses "industrial uses"

  125. Kris Williams

    "…It really all goes back to the founding fathers themselves who grew and smoked pot, with Thomas Jefferson advocating the separation of the male and female plants (which you don't do to make rope or other uses "industrial uses"

  126. David Vicik

    We already have a zombie nation of slackers. Just go to NY,LA, or Chicago. 1/2 the residents of these cities are already slackers and on welfare and have been killing each other for years. Its not the pot, its the government.

  127. David Vicik

    We already have a zombie nation of slackers. Just go to NY,LA, or Chicago. 1/2 the residents of these cities are already slackers and on welfare and have been killing each other for years. Its not the pot, its the government.

  128. Rachel White

    I learned all about the long term impact of pot on the brain last term in one of my A & D classes — as you know, I am pro-marijuana, yet also know first-hand that like any drug, it can be abused — Yes, the whole brain plasticity issue and how pathways are being permanently altered is quite frightening. And pot is not the same drug that it was in the 1960's — totally different. Interesting times for sure. We live in a culture that lives by extremes and a culture in which we need to do everything in excess… What are we all trying to escape from?

  129. Freck Wilkinson

    Francis Vetter Well why not? It's the truth. Alcohol is a lot more dangerous than pot.You think booze is good for you?

  130. Zen Ken Boschert

    OMG, These guys are following the FOX "News" model and they're just making these stories up now. If the facts don't support your jive, just fake it!

  131. Freck Wilkinson

    Charles Reeve I do like your flag. I'm surprized there ain't any PC types on here calling a bunch of stupid names and making a bunch of dumb comments over it!

  132. Freck Wilkinson

    kingofextras Oh I'm sure there has been but it wasn't because they were stoned. Weather they were stoned or not they would of done it anyways.

  133. John Thomas

    Francis Vetter

    >>>"with the tax and regulate effects, Illegal weed will stay around for years to come"

    No. It's in everyone's interest to find the sweet spot (where maximum price meets maximum demand) as soon as possible. Drug gangs will soon be a thing of the past.

  134. John Thomas

    Trk Threeightyseven – the biggest change will be that a significant portion of alcohol and hard drug consumers switch to near harmless marijuana. – That's a very GOOD thing, of course.

  135. John Thomas

    Kevin Sabet is a shill for the "treatment" industry. Nothing he says is true. Any questions, please ask.

  136. John Thomas

    Kevin Sabet is a shill for the "treatment" industry. Nothing he says is true. Any questions, please ask.

  137. We Be Karch

    Steven, It shows a low IQ to post a picture of yourself in your corrections uniform, a non private facebook page and all your personal details. Much respect for the work you do and thank you, but that is a rookie mistake that could come back and bite you or a family member. Be safe

  138. Dave Wilson

    people should have to show ID that they live in colorado to buy or use pot purchased in colorado

  139. Freck Wilkinson

    John Thomas They won't have to worry anymore about getting popped on a urinalysis at work. They do booze and the hard stuff because it's in and out of your system quicker while pot stays in your system for weeks after smoking. I know some people who work and their employers are telling them not to worry about pot, they don't care about that. They just don't want any of the hard stuff in them. In a few years it should be like that everywhere.

  140. Terri Cota

    Alcohol should be illegal if it had to be one or the other, all you ever want to do partaking in weed is eat Twinkies, and what harm is there in that? :-)

  141. Patty Zuydhoek Ellison

    When you point at alcohol it appears you are in denial. If I make the other guy look bad I dont look so bad. It is not a matter of what is already out there. It is about living in a democratic society and being able to make your own choices. Neither the stoner or the drunk should be driving.

  142. Calvin Poolidge

    Michael Burch If you're worried about your grandchildren you probably just shouldn't leave the house (though radon and whatnot can harm you there too). Also, heroin WAS legal in the US until 1924, back when it was a prescription drug (made by Bayer) marketed as a healthy alternative to morphine- – used for couch suppression and pain relief.

  143. Calvin Poolidge

    votealready It's not a strawman, it's a valid point. The article mentions that 1.5% of DUIs involved THC. That means that 98.5% of stops DID NOT involve pot. I would assume there aren't a lot of heroin/cocaine DUIs, so I'll give a very conservative guess that at least 80% were related to alcohol. Are you arguing that the scourge of alcohol is less dangerous than the 3 out of every 200 stops that involve marijuana?
    Plus we've got people saying things like "the drug wipes out memories, steals IQ points, and triggers psychosis, leaving behind a zombie nation of slackers vegetating in their parents’ basements."
    Has no one learned anything in the last 100 years?
    In no way am I advocating for everyone to start using THC related products, but to pretend that this is a major public health issue is stretching the point beyond credibility. Plus, continuing to demonize a section of the population, just because they use THC instead of the harder drugs that pharma would sell you (because they can patent those) is counterproductive.
    Pot users include lawyers, stay-at-home moms, politicians, people with high stress levels, grandparents, etc. We shouldn't be making these people hide in the shadows.

  144. Clancy Young

    This story sounds like the old anti pot propaganda movies…If the story about the guy with the gun is true he wasn't on pot sounds more like he was on meth or crack…I haven't smoke pot in over 20 years but what I remember of it the only crime in public you would possibly commit using it would be loitering….

  145. Anonymous

    I think the only drug causing all of this is money. The withdrawls that law enforcment is going through due to the lack of confiscated contraban following pot busts must be worst than cold turkey.

  146. Anonymous

    I got a contact high from the irrational beliefs of the law enforcement officers in Colorado and neighboring states, emergency room doctors, and legalization opponents mentioned.

  147. Cheri Morris-Hunter

    Deja Vue 1970 drug propaganda! Ho Hum!!

  148. Anonymous

    Sounds like Reefer Madness all over again. There are people out there that believe this crap. Poor souls.

  149. Thomas de Jesus

    Marijuana DID NOT kill that exchange student.

    The quick stop at the end of the fall killed him.

  150. Mattchoo Hobbit Hogberg

    Take this propaganda -filled bs down off the internet now please! As a cancer survivor, and resident of Colorado, this is very offensive and ignorant. Take it down

  151. Scott Sargent

    They might as well have a link to "Reefer Madness" in the article. Out dated propaganda and random stories with no facts.

  152. Dennis Manz

    Has anyone read seen this article?

    "Prescription drugs are now killing far more people than illegal drugs, and while most major causes of preventable deaths are declining, those from prescription drug use are increasing, an analysis of recently released data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by the Los Angeles Times revealed.

    The Times analysis of 2009 death statistics, the most recent available, showed:

    For the first time ever in the US, more people were killed by drugs than motor vehicle accidents 37,485 people died from drugs, a rate fueled by overdoses on prescription pain and anxiety medications, versus 36,284 from traffic accidents

    Drug fatalities more than doubled among teens and young adults between 2000 and 2008, and more than tripled among people aged 50 to 69

    Again, these drug-induced fatalities are not being driven by illegal street drugs; the analysis found that the most commonly abused prescription drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax and Soma now cause more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined."

    Why do we not see more articles about the 100,000 + people who are dying annually from prescription drugs and why is this spiraling out of control instead of on the decline? If we are truly worried about the message being sent to teens about drug usage then I would recommend that all the pharmaceutical companies out there start taking more responsibility to educate the public about the poisons they are selling to them. You think that would rate as being newsworthy?

  153. Jonathon Milner

    They say the drug wipes out memories, steals IQ points, and triggers psychosis, leaving behind a zombie nation of slackers vegetating in their parents’ basements. I could NOT read any more of this after that.

  154. Dennis Gannon

    Remember when the "Government Sprayed All Pot Fields With Paraquat "??? I lived through that. I have yet to shoot anyone under the influence of pot. But, I will admit that by cleaning out the gene pool we all might be better off…..just don't take your guns to town son, leave your guns at home…….

  155. Dennis Gannon

    It's my understanding that all Yahoo wants is for the user to click on the story. They can then claim the statistics and get more advertisers. This explains the ongoing "Kardashian Factor"……..because really, do you give a rat's rear end?

  156. Shawn Antalek

    im sorry but i dont care who you are, pot DOES NOT make you violent in anyway, period. These things about a guy shooting his wife, and another guy trying to rob someone and then shooting his girlfriend or the guy who jumped from his balcony, wtf? youre blaming pot for that? that is literately the opposite of what pot does, maybe you should look at these peoples psychological history first before you go and blame weed. the article claims that pot induces all this aggressive behavior in people but then turns around and says its "leaving behind a zombie nation of slackers vegetating in their parents’ basements." slackers who cant leave their couch, dont randomly decided to grab a gun and shoot people, period

  157. Shawn Antalek

    slackers who cant leave their couch because of pot, dont randomly get stoned, grab a gun and go shoot people, if this person was already planning on doing that, the weed might stop them from doing so

  158. Anonymous

    People have always used it, the only difference is people don't get arrested and take up tax payer dollars in our already overburdened court system anymore. Reefer madness won't work this time.

  159. Charlie Marr

    We were in Grand Junction and I did not see a pot store. I asked a college kid and she did not know where one was. Getting desperate I….

  160. Ronald Sharkey

    My bullshit detector spiked heavily when I read Mr. Sabet's silly comments. What is it about the conservative relationship with bullshit? Why do the two seem so inexorably intertwined?

  161. Calvin Poolidge

    Jr Sherman "hours after buying" some Karma Kandy… he also drove a car an hour or two before killing his wife… OH MY cars make people homicidal! Lawl.

  162. Dennis Gannon

    Well we were made of tougher stuff. We made it through the whole paraquat scare of the 1980's. Oh Lawd the trouble I've seen…………….The director of the Drug Enforcement Administration said today that the Government would use the herbicide paraquat and two others in a stepped-up campaign to eradicate domestically grown marijuana.The use of paraquat, banned from national forests in 1983 because of environmental concerns, was announced by the director, John C. Lawn, at a news conference.

  163. Kathleen Chippi

    SUGAR is the gateway drug. It kills tens of thousands. Cannabis is the "safest therapeutic substance known to man" with no known lethal dose…. The emperor wears no cloths….

  164. Red Clem

    This is what u call idiotic propaganda …..do u think the patients whomuse marijuana to ease their suffering deserve to go back to the streets for their medicine ?..because thats what it is..medicine ,,to millions of people…the author of this sips his whisky and bashes what can help fix this nation in so many ways ..grow up!!! do the research ! im tired of this propaganda and lie

  165. Anonymous

    Criticize ideas, not people. You may have a point, but it is far from eloquently stated.

  166. Andy Morsell

    I'm willing to bet that he does not apply his same slippery slope logic to alcohol………..

  167. Chad Pinkston

    I calls 'em like I sees 'em, and I am calling BULLSH*T on this. The guy that went home, and got his gun, and killed his wife spouting about the end of the world, no… he couldn't have possibly been mentally disturbed to begin with could he? Kinda like the kid that had various mental issues, violent psychotic tendencies, and multiple personalities that played Dungeons and Dragons… it wasn't the fact the guy already had problems and needed help, it was that damn game's fault. What about the guy that here in KY not that long ago, killed his whole family whilst spouting some bible beating BS about demons? Oh yeah, he was drunk. Back off bud, it's not hurting anyone, it's not dangerous, the only reason it's still illegal in most of the country is because "THEY" are making too much money off of it being illegalized. Take away the crime, and there's no fines, no probation costs, no court mandated (And profitable) drug tests, oh yeah, you know what else there isn't? No tax revenue. Our country is going broke, state by state. There is a highly profitable, and reasonably (compared to alcohol, and other medications that ARE legal) safe product out there that costs practically nothing to produce, but a seed and some damn dirt.

    The people that believe this nonsense also probably believe Mitch McConnell cares about them too…

    What a joke.

  168. Chad Pinkston

    I calls 'em like I sees 'em, and I am calling BULLSH*T on this. The guy that went home, and got his gun, and killed his wife spouting about the end of the world, no… he couldn't have possibly been mentally disturbed to begin with could he? Kinda like the kid that had various mental issues, violent psychotic tendencies, and multiple personalities that played Dungeons and Dragons… it wasn't the fact the guy already had problems and needed help, it was that damn game's fault. What about the guy that here in KY not that long ago, killed his whole family whilst spouting some bible beating BS about demons? Oh yeah, he was drunk. Back off bud, it's not hurting anyone, it's not dangerous, the only reason it's still illegal in most of the country is because "THEY" are making too much money off of it being illegalized. Take away the crime, and there's no fines, no probation costs, no court mandated (And profitable) drug tests, oh yeah, you know what else there isn't? No tax revenue. Our country is going broke, state by state. There is a highly profitable, and reasonably (compared to alcohol, and other medications that ARE legal) safe product out there that costs practically nothing to produce, but a seed and some damn dirt.

    The people that believe this nonsense also probably believe Mitch McConnell cares about them too…

    What a joke.

  169. Eric Thompson

    You are old and you still cant think for youself. Its pathetic how so many people just go by what our lying government told us instead of actually reading the facts.

  170. Eric Thompson

    You are old and you still cant think for youself. Its pathetic how so many people just go by what our lying government told us instead of actually reading the facts.

  171. Eric Thompson

    Ya keep telling yourself that. Your attitude about people being druggies because they smoke pot or use whatever drugs they like is self righteous. Then you go on to tell us about your personal problems for sympathy. Some people assume that intelligence comes with old age and you are proof that is not always true.

  172. Anonymous

    If being good for society was the measure of what should be legal or not we would live in a much different world. Freedom > Welfare always.

  173. Eric Thompson

    Gary Newton You are a hot mess. So according to you it is not ok to paint all LEOs as lying scum but it is ok so generalize everyone who smokes pot as a druggie?

  174. Freck Wilkinson

    Eric Thompson He lost me as soon as he started throwing this "conservative" and "liberal" crap around. Being one or the other don't make you a bad person anymore than being one or the other makes you a good person. And regardless of what you might think, being a "proud conservative" don't give you a direct connection to God!

  175. Eric Thompson

    Freck ya he lost me after i read his first post. He is just part of the reefer madness generation that will never learn that we were brainwashed by our government for their own purposes. He just sits here spouting bs out of his mouth because he like our goverment has seemed to forget our rights. They should not be able to tell me what i can do with my own body or if i should be able to have a gun or not. I almost feel bad for him but then i read more of his posts and see he is a lost cause and a roadblock to change. Sad as it is our nation will be better off when most of these people die off

  176. Michael Langley

    Michael Burch Guess what?! Heroin = diamorphine. It is legal under prescription, in a slightly altered form, i.e., Kadian, morphine sulfate. Heroin is as trumped up as kanubus! It is much weaker than Fentanyl, another prescription drug! Cocaine (crack) is still a class 2 drug-prescription, again! And, as far as fatalities in car wrecks go, drugs don't even figure to be statistically significant. The twenty percent, or more, intoxications, involved with fatalities, were, all, alcohol related. Your fear mongering has no basis. If you really want to change things? Why not call for alcohol prohibition again? It worked so well the last time! Drunks are so much more likely to hurt someone!

  177. Michael Langley

    Steven Boer Spelling guru, are you?! I was perfectly able to read the sentence. Not everybody on here is going to have your spelling skills! I think it was said of Einstein, who all the elitists also claimed, was not intelligent enough! I still have an excellent IQ, as many more who have used it! Many business leaders have admitted to using it! But, we know enough money, always, buys them, and celebrities, different treatment under the law!

  178. Terry Logan

    They're not saying if alcohol was also involved. I would like to see statistics.

  179. Anonymous

    Stupid people are going to do stupid things, banning cannabis WILL NOT stop stupid people. These issues are not even cannabis related, this is just propaganda designed to get people to be against cannabis without even thinking about it or why. Where are all the statistics to support their arguments?

  180. Dennis Schulze

    Hemp was outlawed in the thirty's because it was a much cheaper way to make newsprint .Major publishing interest had too much invested in timber pulp to let hemp replace it. Hemp was not even a problem drug at that time,hemp production was.Hemp plants have a very wide range of uses, much more renewable and easier on farm land than other products.

  181. Cat Dynes

    I agree. I've had trainings on MJ and addiction issues. It is frightening how people rationalize doing psychoactive drugs to excess. Although MJ has tangible medical applications, in its herbal form precise dosing is impossible which is why there has been an increase in ER admissions of people with THC toxemia. I'm not totally opposed to legalizing it but I believe the system as it is now is detrimental to public health. What bothers me most is when adults fail to secure their allotment and children gain access to it.

  182. Cat Dynes

    I believe we will see a similar scenario play out when its legal in Oregon.

  183. Anonymous

    1.5% of traffic citations! Holy cow! Hide the children! Its an epidemic!

  184. Thomas Boussum

    Only a stoner wouldn't see these stories coming.

  185. John Thomas

    Freck Wilkinson – Right. – Increasingly, professional athletes choose marijuana over alcohol to save their bodies from the destruction booze causes. – Employers of the near future will prefer their employees consume near harmless, non-hangover-producing marijuana, instead of addictive, very harmful, hangover-inducing alcohol.

  186. Bluesister Sky

    Eric Thompson I was also noticing that he complained about everyone else being rude but he was the one who began the rudeness with his very first comment. I think he is a sick old man who hates everyone. I checked his face book page he is a miserable guy.

  187. Bluesister Sky

    Eric Thompson I was also noticing that he complained about everyone else being rude but he was the one who began the rudeness with his very first comment. I think he is a sick old man who hates everyone. I checked his face book page he is a miserable guy.

  188. Terry Grant

    Gee, who would have guessed. What in the heck did these BRAIN STURGEONS in Colorado think was going to happen? I said when it passed, that they would have twice as many IDIOTS on there roads. And Axel, You can have a few drinks and be just fine, but, how many joints does it take to get a buzz? BESIDES, I STILL FEEL SORRY FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO GET AN ARTIFICIAL HIGH TO HAVE A GOOD TIME. SAD REALLY SAD.

  189. Charlie Marr

    This is sooooo stupid. The Feds need to get out of this and let the states handle this. Like there's not something else they could do that could actually help this country. I am waiting for a member of the Denver Broncos to test positive for pot. Then what are you going to do?

  190. Richard Frans

    Pretty funny isn't it. I'll bet you $15 US that some people actually believe this!! And that's not funny.

  191. Anonymous

    iTS REDICULOUS TO SAY THAT MARIJAUNA LEAVES PEOPLE TO BE LAZY AND LIVE IN THEIR PARENTS BASEMENT. LIKE ONE READER COMMENTED, ONE GUY GOES CRAZY AFTER SMOKING . TOTALLY ABSURD. THE INDIVIDUAL PROBABLY HAD MENTAL ISSUES TO BEGIN WITH. AND FOR THOSE ENDING UP AT THE ER BECAUSE THEY SMOKED MARIJAUNA, WELL, NOW YOU KNOW YOU PROBABLY SHOULDNT HAVE SMOKED IN THE FIRST PLACE. SOME PEOPLE DONT KNOW WHEN TO PUT IT DOWN DO TO OTHER HEALTH ISSUES.

  192. Pablo Klunel

    The healthiest way to ingest cannibals is through edibles, these peoples are obviously lightweight's they need to go back to 3.2% beer!

  193. Will Rains

    alcohol is linked to more violent crimes then pot….why are they not trying to make that illegal …drunk drivers kill more ppl than ppl who die of heart attacks and cancer….i did pot for years …only on my days off from work tho…this was b4 i went back and got my ged which i passed with above avg score then i went off to a business college where i earnd an associates in business and information technology…finished with a 3.45 avg without even using my books ….so i think their stats on it killing memory and shit is just an excuse to fight this….live on pot heads

  194. James Love

    Tell a child they cany do somthing they want to.. The 101 on how to get everyone serdated of their own will.

  195. Jay Breese

    Michael Burch You need to relax and smoke a joint. Those prescription meds are getting you unnerved.

  196. Connie Mitchell

    I believe most Coloradans regret legalizing this junk! Their children have already been hospitalized by it & a 3rd grader was caught in the bathroom trying to sell the stuff to his classmates. Where did he get it? Come on America–ANYONE DEALING THIS STUFF IS A CRIMINAL! People get hurt & killed because of it. HOW CAN IT BE GOOD?????

  197. Tom Catron

    "They say the drug wipes out memories, steals IQ points, and triggers psychosis, leaving behind a zombie nation of slackers vegetating in their parents’ basements." … dafuq did I just read?

  198. Chuck-Wayne Reynolds

    Logan Farmer , you speak as though having morals and integrity are bad things. Well guess what, having chemical vices are far worse! Puff away, "Know it All"!

  199. TI Irwin

    I was there on 4/20… the edibles are a problem for real, but everything else is bullshit. If you eat 20 edibles, you might feel like you're dying. But then again, if you eat 20 Asprins, it'll be more than a feeling.

  200. Aaron Acosta

    dude edibles should replace oxycotin, perks and what ever else, cause cause ive even over 750mg of pure thc and holy shit i felt like i was on 15 pain killers lol

  201. Dennis Gannon

    Oh man, I never thought about that. That could be really strange if the player was "at home" where it's legal. I mean can they bounce you for drinking the night before a game and testing positive for alcohol?

  202. Trudy Curry

    Michael Burch OMG, someone with an unaltered mind. Stop with an intelligent replay, heaven forgive that you have an opinion.
    Druggies, just keep on drugging.

  203. Trudy Curry

    I get it, you like drugs, you use drugs, you like the illegals who transport drugs over the border. You like the people who grow their marijuana plants in the Federal forests of California. Good for you. Yahoo!!! I can only say that my child is already grown and finds the whole drug scene boring. She once told me I can not expect to reason with a drug lover as they lost their maturity when they started doing drugs and are in a state of perpetual immaturity. Now I get why I can't think like or have a rational discussion with a drug user. So sad.