We look to unravel the mystery, is marijuana legalization associated with an increase in traffic accidents, suicides, teen use, violent crime, overdose deaths?   Two different newspapers simultaneously claimed in 180 degree opposition that Marijuana legalization either caused or prevented suicide.


“The Denver, Aurora and Edgewater police departments have not shown any link between violent crime and marijuana, In fact, the statistics trend in the opposite direction.”

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Both sides overstate their case, natural cannabis is pretty mellow, but when you concentrate it by artificial means, it becomes a drug.  Some strains now have 30% THC, and there can be serious ramifications of smoking a lot of that stuff. Nonetheless, even with weaponized weed floating about, crime stats, suicide, car crashes, DUI are down everywhere pot is legalized.  


Weed's beneficial qualities and benefits are clearly demonstrated in State statistics where marijuana was legalized.  It is these benefits that masks the negative aspects of cannabis use.

Some people become dependent on cannabis, some people act weird, some people would rather get high than work for the man.   At the end of the day, cannabis issues pale in comparison to alcohol, cigarettes and especially white sugar. Young people certainly should stay away from drugs of any kind and high THC weed is certainly that.


"Sugar, not cannabis should be Schedule I or worse.  White sugar is very addictive and is easily the most harmful substance of all time and by a wide margin.  Everywhere sugar goes, obesity, diabetes, low energy follows. And there is no upside. There is no nutritional value whatsoever." - Johnny Rod


When we sift through the stats, indeed, in the vast majority of cases, almost every case crime rates went down with legalization: DUI, suicide, violent offences, overdose in comparison to both previous levels and in comparison to the national average.  Also, cannabis use among young adults went down significantly, possibly because the supply of street weed went down and it was not so cool to smoke weed now it was legal.


The harmful nature of cannabis is discussed in a semi-sophisticated nature here by a professional group of doctors.  Parents Opposed to Pot.  This group is but echoing the diatribe of Reefer Madness, several doctors make a mature and strong cases why cannabis is harmful.  Too bad the useful material about the possible toxic effects of cannabis is polluted with the overall Jeff Sessions logic and bias against weed.


"Parents Opposed to Pot is exactly what it sounds like, Reefer Madness, Jeff Sessions diatribe dressed up as medical science.  Read one good article they had on weed toxicity, then got a lecture, marijuana use leads to heroin... peace, out." - Johnny Rod




"To test or prove a theory of pot’s influence on teen violence, it would be unethical to give marijuana to 14-16-year-old subjects and track the changes going on in teens’ undeveloped brains. Marijuana has a strong connection to — if not an influence on — teen violence. In Mesa County, Colorado, last November, a 15-year old shot and killed his best friend.  He was a heavy marijuana user. Jaylen Fryberg who shot 5 students at a high school in Washington was a 15-year old marijuana user. Marijuana use was also a factor in the life of a 14-year-old boy who recently stabbed his teacher." -


"In these Reefer Madness Marijuana turns Kids into Killers type studies, they leave out certain facts, like the kid was nuts in the first place, or they were on anti-psychotics, raised in a violent environment.  In any case, drugs, caffeine, alcohol should not be used by anyone until they are mature, marijuana included. No question, medical science backs the idea that kids using marijuana without medical supervision is likely to be a real bad thing.  Just like sugar, just like Ritalin." - Johnny Rod




As we learn more about medical marijuana, the original strains which were more balanced and the "new" cannabinoids that are anti-inflammatory and much less psychoactive, the whole landscape of medical marijuana has dramatically changed.  Recreational marijuana with 30% THC and nothing else in it is no longer the focus.


Medical marijuana is looking to be more effective in the elderly, especially for mental issues and inflammation.  The action of THC with CBD lowers blood pressure by dilating the blood vessel walls and dialing down inflammation.   In addition, cannabinoids especially appear to help improving elderly people's mental state.


"To prevent incidents of teen aggression, suicide and murder, we need in-school drug education showing how THC affects youthful brains. The education should begin very young and follow students into the preteen years." - THE WEED-ALTERED BRAINS OF PRETTY LITTLE KILLERS


Booze, antipsychotics, attention span disorder drugs, sugar and opiates are the real risks.  But no question, kids, don't smoke weed.


"It is a fake world out there right now.  When it comes to an issue like suicide, the weed advocates don't tell the truth or see everything through their rose colored glasses.  The naysayers are full of shit. The psychiatrists don't know what they're doing, and that is a kind way to put it, the mental health organizations won't express an opinion now, because they're unsure what is politically correct to say right now.  On day the cowards that infest every politically correct agency and organization will go. The current paradigm cannot be sustained." - Johnny Rod




The ACLU and Human Rights Watch found that in a given year, American police typically arrest more people for marijuana use than for all violent crimes combined.


"Only your worst enemy could concoct this racket.  In America, over the past generation, they put more resources on marijuana than all violent crime combined.  90% of marijuana charges are simple possession for personal use. There is no defense of these policies in logic, there is no rational in justice, it's a racket." - Johnny Rod




Now this report is surely biased and pro-weed.  The stats are spun in the direction of the cause no doubt.  Referring to actual state statistics, we're not finding much fibbing, as opposed to the Jeff Sessions team, that says anything whatsoever.


Teen marijuana use unchanged in marijuana legal states.

In Colorado and Washington, there was no significant change in marijuana use among teens since voters passed legalization measures.

Researchers generally agree that teens are more likely to become dependent on the drug later in their lives, have a higher risk of other physical and mental health problems related to marijuana

Preliminary data show that the legalization of marijuana has had little to no impact on the overall rate of youth use of marijuana.



Marijuana arrests are way down - racial disparities continue.

Less people arrested for marijuana saves millions, billions, $.


Arrests in all states D.C. for the possession, cultivation and distribution of marijuana have dropped since the legalization of the adult use of marijuana, The reduction in arrests is municipalities millions of dollars and preventing the criminalization of thousands.

  • Colorado, marijuana arrests fell 50% 2012 to 2014.

  • Marijuana possession charges in Washington down 98 percent between 2012 and 2013.

  • Alaska, Oregon and D.C. had similar numbers.

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In Washington State Alone, by no longer arresting and prosecuting possession  and other low-level marijuana offenses, states are saving hundreds of millions of dollars ($200,000,000) over the decade.  Per capita, across the country this translates to $50 billion at the state level.

Add in Federal Expenditures, loss of income of marijuana arrest victims and incarceration fees at $50 to $100 thousand dollars per year and you're talking about paying off a good chunk of the national debt.  Finally, the manpower dedicated to violent crime is effectively doubled or tripled without any increase in budgets.


The DEA is backing off marijuana persecution, both TRUMP and the INTERNET have spoken.


Marijuana legalization has no impact on traffic fatalities.


The actual report says appears, but we can go further in the conclusion, because the traffic fatality rate on marijuana legal states is under the national average.  If pot legalization had a significant impact, the state of highway affairs would be much words.


“Colorado and Washington the post-legalization traffic fatality rate has remained statistically consistent with pre-legalization levels, is lower in each state than it was a decade prior, and is lower than the national rate,” - DPA

The other marijuana legal states data leads to the same, above, conclusion.

Marijuana can impair driving skills but users are not prone to crashing, according to the actual statistics.  In fact alcohol DUI goes down with marijuana legalization. Opponents want to impose DUI and marijuana tests for drivers, roadside checks as if weed and alcohol were the same.  While there is much evidence that cannabis can impair motor skills, marijuana users tend not to drive when impaired, or if they do, they tend to be very careful. Alcohol however is a real threat in accidents, in practice in amounts starting at four or five drinks with the real issues occuring when the individual is quite drunk.


Tax revenues with marijuana are up

Colorado and Washington brought in $100 to 200 million in their first years of legalization in tax dollars, and these numbers are expected to climb to nearly $300 million this year (2018) in Colorado.  


  • 2014 $67,594,323

  • 2015 $130,411,173

  • 2016 $193,604,810

  • 2017 $247,368,473

This means that full legalization of cannabis across America may account of $12 billion in tax per year in the first years of legalization and up to $25 billion in a decade. 


“These revenues fund school construction, marijuana enforcement and general state needs,” - DPA

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Marijuana Poisoning Up


The risk of marijuana poisoning exists but is not listed as a cause of mortality in any state statistic.

Marijuana poisoning results in panic attacks, vomiting, extreme fear, paranoia.  Fatalities in marijuana legal states may exist but they are not documented in state statistics, internet searches for this study.

Rates of marijuana poisonings among small children in Colorado increased post-legalization. There were 47 marijuana-related poison control center calls in Colorado in 2015, up from 25 in 2013.

The rate of adult emergency department visits for marijuana use also increased following legalization,  more emergency department visits from tourists who overindulged.




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Dr. Elizabeth “Libby” Stuyt is an addictions psychiatrist.  She is the Medical Director for the Circle Program at the Colorado Mental Health Institute.  Her program treats dual diagnosis patients with co-existing addictions disorders. She is a board member of the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association and an acudetox specialist.  She is also trained in Brain Synchronization Therapy and uses it to help people resolve their trauma/PTSD.


Suicide rates fall when states legalize medical marijuana, says new study

Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn, Germany that concludes that suicide rates among young males declines markedly after states legalize medical marijuana. Professors at Montana State University and San Diego State University were also involved in the study. The study is titled “High on Life: Medical Marijuana Laws and Suicide.”

CU economics professor Daniel Rees is co-author of a study which concludes that passage of medical marijuana laws leads to a decrease in suicides among young men. (Image: CU Denver)

CU Denver professor Daniel Rees and his coauthors don’t say conclusively why suicide rates fall. They offer evidence that marijuana acts as an antidepressant when used moderately, but also note that using marijuana in larger amounts can actually lead to depression.


So Far, So Good: What We Know About Marijuana Legalization in Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C.


  • Marijuana arrests have plummeted in the states that legalized marijuana, although disproportionate enforcement of marijuana crimes against black people continues.

  • Statewide surveys of youth in Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon found that there were no significant increases in youth marijuana use post-legalization.

  • Tax revenues in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon have all exceeded initial revenue estimates, totaling $552 million.

  • Legalization has not led to more dangerous road conditions, as traffic fatality rates have remained stable in Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon.


Despite claims, data show legalized marijuana has not increased crime rates

Studies indicate the recreational marijuana industry has not caused increases in violent crime, and that a well-regulated industry can instead decrease crime rates by curtailing black market cartels.  Kristi Kelly, executive director of the Marijuana Industry Group, spoke to The Colorado Statesman about local data that researchers have accumulated in strong defense of the regulated marijuana industry in Colorado.

“The Denver, Aurora and Edgewater police departments have not shown any link between violent crime and marijuana, In fact, the statistics trend in the opposite direction.”


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