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Mother of woman killed by ‘high’ driver: Brown must stop marijuana banking to save others

Corinne LaMarc-Gasper, Guest columnist  

This column appeared in the Columbus Dispatch last week.

I received the worst news a parent can get nine years ago: my 22-year-old daughter had been killed in a car crash.

Even more heartbreaking was the fact that my daughter’s death could have been avoided if the other driver hadn’t been high on marijuana.

With stories like mine becoming tragically more common, we must reassess and slow the rapid expansion of the marijuana industry.

Last week, the House of Representatives voted to include the deceptively named SAFE Banking Act in the National Defense Authorization Act. Continue reading Mother of woman killed by ‘high’ driver: Brown must stop marijuana banking to save others

Driving High Slammed in AAA Report

Driving high may change your life, but not in a good way.

Stoners think driving high is safer than driving straight (wrong) and better than driving drunk (not hardly). The jokes about driving painfully slow or stopping at a green light always get big laughs at the comedy club. But, stoned driving is no laughing matter, and like drunk driving, it kills.

The American Automobile Association recently issued a damning report about the real consequences of legalization. One of the first states to legalize marijuana in 2012, Washington state has seen traffic fatalities caused by stoned drivers double from 2013 to 2014.

See this CBS Evening News Video

Here is the press release issued by AAA, Fatal Road Crashes Involving Marijuana Double After State Legalizes Drug.

Colorado is another state where traffic fatalities have increased as a result of legalization. In this video, we see how legalization activists are misusing the statistics and misleading the public.

Watch Colorado Traffic Fatalities Video

A California law firm warns that even medical marijuana users who drive impaired are breaking the law. Yet, these same attorneys seem to assuage the guilt of marijuana users by saying it doesn’t impair driving (they are looking to defend stoned drivers, so naturally they try to appear pro-pot).

PopPot.org has written stories inspired by news headlines of pedestrians, motorists and bikers and bicyclists crashed into by drivers under the influence of this brain changing drug.  Marijuana: Pedestrians and Cyclists Not Safe.

See more PopPot.org articles on marijuana and driving here.

See also DUID Victim Voices, an advocacy group that works for tougher drugging and driving laws.

Marijuana traffic fatalities can be prevented. Don’t light up.

Our next article will cover some of the marijuana traffic deaths over the last few months.

Washington Releases a Report on THC Impaired Driving

“A link between THC blood levels and impairment may never be
developed comparable to the relationship that exists for alcohol.
Alcohol and marijuana are very distinct in terms of chemical makeup, body metabolism, and psycho-motor impairment and therefore should not be compared. Strategies implemented to reduce alcohol-impaired driving are not likely to have the same impact on reducing drugged drivers.”  — Ed Wood, DUID Victims Voices.  THC is the short name for the most psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana.   This information is in a 61-page summary released by the state of Washington in October.

Winward High School
Flowers set before Windward High School in Ferndale, where two teens were killed and two injured on their way to PE Class, June 2015. The driver who was a daily marijuana smoker.

The number of marijuana-impaired drivers rose to 75 in 2014, first year of edible sales, up from 38 in 2013.

Phillip Drum, PharmD.,  writes the following summary of this report:  Washington’s driving data is finally coming out and it is NOT good at all.  It confirms what Dr. Marilyn Huestis has been warning about for years – that marijuana impairs driving.

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