The MORE Act, which may be voted on by the full House this week, would legalize marijuana nationally. But it also could lead to upwards of 6,800 more traffic deaths a year, as well as other problems. Please write Congress to say NO to the MORE Act, and no to MORE deaths. (The MORE Act would go far beyond decriminalization and lead to national legalization.)
A Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) study showed how statistics from the first four states to legalize pot, could be used to estimate the increase of traffic fatalities if we adopted national legalization. These deaths are preventable.
Recent events show how marijuana worms its way out of regulation. Yesterday San Francisco City Council voted to ban smoking in apartment buildings, but excluded marijuana. According to AP: “The original proposal sought to ban residents from smoking marijuana in their apartments, but supervisors voted to exclude marijuana after cannabis activists said the law would take away their only legal place to smoke. It’s illegal under state law to smoke cannabis in public places.”
California residents who voted on Proposition 64 believed that children would not see billboard advertising. However, the industry pushed for it and the industry got it. Fortunately, a judge ruled that the billboards violate the proposition.
Colorado allows billboard advertising for marijuana, but the city of Denver does not. State regulatory bodies give extraordinary privilege to the sellers of this dangerous drug, even though tobacco advertising on billboards is not allowed and even though selling the drug goes against federal law.
Yesterday a marijuana delivery driver was robbed and beaten in Maine. Despite Maine’s small, carefully designed marijuana program, assaults on marijuana deliveries occurred three times. A drug that makes users violent and promises the industry huge profits cannot be “regulated.”