On Sunday night, October 28th, CBS’ ’60 Minutes’ ran a story, “The Pot Vote,” highlighting public health and safety impacts on Colorado since the legalization of recreational marijuana.
The segment – which features the firsthand experiences and expertise of doctors, law enforcement, and prevention advocates, and CO Governor John Hickenlooper – serves as a cautionary tale to other States considering legalizing recreational marijuana. We can and should heed their warning.
NOT WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED:
“It’s affecting the emergency room, it’s affecting the operating room, it’s affecting just about every aspect of medicine that you could think of,”
— Dr. Steven Simerville, Pediatrician and Medical Director of the newborn ICU, Pueblo’s Saint Mary Corwin Medical Center.
“In the first nine months of this year, 27 babies born at this hospital tested positive for THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. That’s on track to be about 15 percent higher than last year.”
“In the first 10 months of this year, 71 teenagers came into the emergency room at this hospital with marijuana in their system, which is on track to be about 70 percent higher than last year.
That worries Dr. Simerville because evidence is emerging that heavy teenage use – using 4 to 5 days a week – may be linked to long-term damage in areas of the brain that help control cognitive functions like attention, memory and decision-making.”
BUSTING THE “SAFER COMMUNITIES” MYTH:
“They said the black market will disappear. Well I can tell you the black market is alive and well and thriving. In fact, it’s exploding.”
– Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor
“There’s huge differences between alcohol and marijuana and that’s one of the things the public really needs to understand. They think ‘Well, we can take all the rules and everything we’ve set up for alcohol and just transfer them over.’ And they can’t do that.”
– Dr. Marilyn Huestis, Former Chief of Chemistry and Drug Metabolism at the National Institute on Drug Abuse
GOV. HICKENLOOPER CAUTIONS STATES WITH LEGALIZATION ON THE BALLOT:
“I urge caution. My recommendation has been that they should go slowly and probably wait a couple of years. And let’s make sure that we get some good vertical studies to make sure that there isn’t a dramatic increase in teenage usage, that there isn’t a significant increase in abuse like while driving. We don’t have enough data yet to make that decision.”
Safer communities? False.
No public health risks? False.
The marijuana industry’s take on the Colorado experience clearly does not reflect Colorado’s reality.
Let’s learn from the mistakes of our fellow Americans in Colorado, and VOTE NO on marijuana legalization ballot questions.
For more information on:
Prop 205 in Arizona visit: noprop205.com
Ballot Question 4 in Massachusetts visit: safehealtyma.com
Ballot Question 1 in Maine: www.notonmymainestreet.com
Ballot Question 2 in Nevada: votenoon2nevada.com