Marijuana is harmless, at least according to all the superannuated hippies and others who want to decriminalize or legalize it. MMM …
Marijuana is no worse than alcohol, they’ll say, to which I say, if we already have a problem with people driving under the influence of alcohol, why add another substance that can make drivers dangerous to innocent people?
From the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
The woman police said intentionally drove onto a crowded Strip sidewalk, killing a woman and injuring dozens of people, tested positive for marijuana, the Clark County district attorney’s office said Wednesday.
A toxicology examination of Lakeisha Holloway, 24, earlier this month shows she was above the legal limit for marijuana.
Holloway told Las Vegas police that she remembered a body bouncing off her windshield, breaking it. She told police she was not on drugs or alcohol, according to an arrest report. Blood samples were taken from Holloway, and police initially said that though she did not demonstrate signs of being under the influence of alcohol when she was arrested, she may have been on stimulants. The district attorney’s office did not mention indications of any other drugs in her system.
It is against the law to drive while high on marijuana, even for people authorized to use the drug medicinally.
The “active marijuana” in her blood was 3.5 nanograms per milliliter; the metabolite level was 23.6 ng/mL, the district attorney’s office said.
Nevada Revised Statutes state that it is illegal for anyone to drive or control a vehicle on a highway or public premises with marijuana levels of 2 ng/mL or greater of blood or 10 ng/mL or greater of urine.
I can hear those afore-mentioned moral relativist fossils saying “C’mon, that’s a one off.She could have been intoxicated on Budweiser. It’s not fair to use this case to associate pot with crime. Don’t you always say that hard cases make bad law?” I do say that, but the negative effects of marijuana on society, and its connection to crime, is indisputable. From McClatchey:
Marijuana is the drug most often linked to crime in the United States, the U.S. drug czar said Thursday, dismissing calls for legalization as a “bumper-sticker approach” that should be avoided. (emphasis mine)
Gil Kerlikowske, the White House director of national drug-control policy, said a study by his office showed a strong link between drug use and crime. Eighty percent of the adult males arrested for crimes in Sacramento, Calif., last year tested positive for at least one illegal drug. Marijuana was the most commonly detected drug, found in 54 percent of those arrested.
The study found similar results in four other cities: New York, Denver, Atlanta and Chicago. Among the cities, it included examinations of 1,736 urine samples and 1,938 interviews with men who were arrested.
Researchers found that marijuana was the most popular drug used by men who’d been arrested in all the cities, ranging from a low of 37 percent in Atlanta to a high of 58 percent in Chicago. Chicago also had the highest overall positive test results, with 86 percent of the men found to have at least one drug in their bloodstreams.
So, let’s legalize it ASAP. Nothing to see here, just a bunch of old fuddy duddies who watched “Reefer Madness” too many times. It turns out that like everything else the Left says, that’s a lie. Why do you think they call it dope?