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Discussion in 'Too Hot for Swamp Gas' started by g8orbill, Aug 20, 2014.
I said in another thread, I think it's temporary. All states will go through similar things in the first few years of legalization, just as I'm sure they did when alcohol was legalized.
In the mean time, I'm all for supporting harsh penalties for those who are under the influence while driving.
I am not quite sure the side effects of alcohol are anywhere near the same as the side effects from THC
I would hope that the majority of drug arrests were for marijuana. Would it be better if most were for meth and heroin? These stats are taken from the time pot was still illegal. They tell nothing about the effects of legalization.
Yep. Honeymoon phase. I mean, we aren't even a year in yet.
And good for CO's coffers. You get to charge DUI (and rake in the fines) and the person is exponentially less of a hazard than his drunk counterpart. But guilty nonetheless.
I would agree. Alcohol is worse.
No, exponentially worse. . . in every way.
No doubt. Short-term and long-term, alcohol is far more damaging.
not sure that will be born out over the long haul- google gives me lots of conflicting info
Yup. There's also the fact that its surrounded by states where it is still illegal, and so the black market hasnt been entirely eradicated even within the state.
This is a terribly done report. At first I thought it was bad reporting, but then I went and read through the actual report.
Keep in mind that the bill passed at the end of 2012 (made law in December of 2012), but the bureaucratic details weren't worked out until mid-2013, and the first shops didn't make sales to the general public (they were still selling medical marijuana for those who had the right paperwork) until January of 2014.
2013 was the earliest year where we could really see anything attributable to legalizing marijuana. The report is full of statistics showing that there was a big increase in some statistic from a couple years before to 2012. Does anyone else see a problem with this?
The report doesn't really tell us anything useful. Marijuana may or may not be causing problems in Colorado. We can't tell from the information in the report.
Addiction - alcohol is worse
Physical damage - alcohol is worse
Mental damage - alcohol is worse
I don't smoke pot and I drink 10-12 beers a week, but it's pretty clear it's an awful thing to put in your body.
Not at all, alcohol is worse
Marijuana wasn't legal for recreational use until 1/1/2014, so all of the data they show was during the medical marijuana phase. I would be curious to know how those stats compare to other states with a MMJ statute in effect.
Google is much like a political poll. If the query if phrased right, you get the answer you want.
all drugs should be legal, all penalties of illegal activities done while on drugs should be intensely severe.
I take a similar position on gun ownership.
Pay attention to drug-specific mortality and drug-specific damage.
Weed's biggest block is economic cost and then crime.
well since I do not smoke it won't make any difference but I do favor legalizing it for medicinal use
Do you know smoking pot makes you 9 times more likely to try those other drugs?