Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy (“ARDP”) is a non-profit organization that was formed in 2015. Our mission is to raise awareness about the harms of marijuana and other substances, and to oppose the legalization of marijuana. We are dedicated to sharing information about the effects of legalization experiments in other states and to fighting back against the for-profit marijuana industry that makes money from an addictive product. We are a volunteer-based organization. Board members do not draw salaries. All donations support our educational materials, printing expenses, billboards, advertising, and other efforts to spread our message.
Every three days someone dies in a marijuana-related traffic death in Colorado. Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, a non-profit agency dedicated to raising awareness about the harms of marijuana, is unveiling this important fact on billboards in the Phoenix area this week.
This alarming statistic is recorded in a recent report prepared by the Rocky Mountain HIDTA. The report highlights the dangers imposed by marijuana-impaired drivers on streets and highways. The report records that marijuana-related traffic deaths, when a driver tests positive for marijuana, more than doubled from 55 deaths in 2013 to 125 deaths in 2016 in Colorado. Marijuana-related traffic deaths increased 66% in the four-year average (2013-2016) since Colorado legalized recreational marijuana compared to the four-year average (2009-2012) prior to legalization. During the same time period, all traffic deaths increased 16%.
The Rocky Mountain HIDTA obtained this data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Fatality Analysis Reporting System and Colorado Department of Transportation.*
Additional disturbing data from Colorado highlights the terrible impact that legal marijuana has on youth.
• Youth past month marijuana use increased 12% in the three-year average (2013-2015) since Colorado legalized recreational marijuana compared to the three-year average prior to legalization (2010-2012).
• The latest 2014/2015 results show Colorado youth ranks #1 in the nation for past month marijuana use, up from #4 in 2011/2012 and #14 in 2005/2006.
• Colorado youth past month marijuana use for 2014/2015 was 55% higher than the national average compared to 39% higher in 2011/2012.