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Reader: Legal Marijuana Is Not the Reason for an Uptick in Traffic Accidents

Reader: Legal Marijuana Is Not the Reason for an Uptick in Traffic Accidents
Jacqueline Collins
Last Sunday, people were surprised to wake up to an op ed by Robert Troyer, U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado, titled "It’s high time we took a breath from marijuana commercialization." In it, he cited alarming data from the infamous Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Traffic Area report — a report routinely criticized by state officials and members of the cannabis industry for lacking context — as evidence of why Colorado needs to rethink its decision to legalize the plant.

When Thomas Mitchell sat down with Troyer to ask about what seems to be his tougher attitude regarding Colorado's legal pot market, as well as the contested traffic stats, he responded that it's "a good time to talk about this stuff."

Readers are more than eager to talk about Troyer's interview.

Says Brendon: 
This idiot obviously doesn't know that the increase in population is also a HUGE factor, especially when you get people who don't know how to drive here. I've seen hundreds of idiots on the road, and I'm pretty sure not all of them are high. What are you going to do about alcohol?  Sorry, man, but focusing on cannabis solely isn't going to fix the issue.
Responds Eric:
 Pot ruined our city! 80,000 people moved here and destroyed everything. The cost of living is insane.
Says Dave:
I would like to see the population increase graph along the accidents, Colorado has had other population spurts pre-legalization.I would bet $20 more people = more vehicular fatalities with or without cannabis.
Adds Mark: 
People have gotten 151% stupider. That’s all.
Observes Bret:  
I love all the comments that go to the extreme on both sides of the scale.

Is legal marijuana the sole reason for the uptick? No but you would have to be completely oblivious, ignorant, or unwilling to accept reality to think it wasn’t a contributing factor.

Now the same can be said for people who are hell bent on laying it all on legalization because the massive population spike and the fact people are completely obsessed with their phones and can’t seem to put them down.

Should you be driving after consuming several drinks? NO. But if you think it’s okay to get behind the wheel after smoking a bowl you are equally oblivious.
Says Max:
 All the government wants to do with marijuana is make as much money as they can anyway they can.. the only reason it’s “legal” is because it makes money.
And here's Bill's take on Troyer's comments: 
"I'm a dinosaur that didn't get the email on that asteroid and want to turn back the clock to where the nanny state tells you what you can do and what you can't."
Keep reading for more on the federal position on Colorado's legal marijuana market.


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