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News flash: Pot-Positive Traffic Fatalities Up 100% in Colorado

10253855_10155479587790377_7229751906204218125_nNo connection between legalizing pot in the Centennial State and the increase in traffic fatalities, I’m sure. I’d put money on it. Really. I mean, how could there be? Well, a report by a federal grant-funded agency in Colorado found seven specific negative side effects that pot legalization has caused in Colorado. Appropriately entitled Seven Harmful Side Effects Pot Legalization Has Caused in Colorado, the report details the following highlights:

1) the majority of DUI drug arrests involve marijuana;

2) youth consumption of marijuana has increased;

3) drug-related suspensions/expulsions increased 32 percent over a 5-year period and a majority was for marijuana;

4) an increase in college users;

5) almost 50 percent of Denver arrestees tested positive for marijuana;

6) marijuana-related emergency room visits increased 57 percent from 2011-2013; and

7) marijuana-related hospitalizations has increased 82 percent since 2008.

Perhaps people might even be aware of more recent scientific studies underscoring the inherent risks of marijuana. A solid example is the highly respected British health research journal The Lancet Psychiatry, which recently concluded that teens who smoke marijuana are “also 60 percent less likely to graduate college and seven times more likely to attempt suicide.”

Read the whole article on the fun and games in Denver, though. Simply making it legal doesn’t do away with the effects.

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I believe chocolate in virtually any configuration is the finest dessert in the history of mankind. I believe my wife is the sexiest woman in the world. I believe modern capitalism will never be replaced by a different -- or better -- form of economics. I believe in clutch hitting in baseball. I believe the Kimber 1911 .45 ACP is the finest handgun ever made in America. I believe the Mossberg Flex 500 pump-action 12 gauge shotgun is the best home defense ever made in America. I believe Tom Waits is the best songwriter of my generation. I believe unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers. As CS Lewis once beautifully wrote, I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. I believe that, on balance, Christianity has done more good for humans than bad. I believe it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant, With that being said, I believe there is a profound difference between knowledge and wisdom. I believe if I yell at the TV during a Colts game, they will play better. Finally, I believe I am in long-term recovery from a number of deep-seated issues that supported and drove my addictions.