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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.

Once again, pot rolls out risky proposition

Marijuana makes schools, highways, workplaces less safe

The marijuana industry rolled out its latest initiative, saying this time they’ll protect kids and public safety. Based on history, we can’t believe them.

“The only promise they’ve ever kept is to rake in as much profit as possible,” said Sheila Polk, chair of Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy. “When you look at all the promises they’ve broken, you have to wonder how this initiative will be any different.”

For instance, in 2010, the medical marijuana lobby told the people of Arizona it would not press for recreational marijuana, and it would keep pot away from our kids.It took six years before they broke the first promise. They never kept the second. With only medical marijuana allowed in Arizona:

  • Regular use of marijuana by teens rose by 33 percent from 2016 to 2018, according to the Arizona Youth Survey.
  • One-fourth of teens have used concentrates. Often packaged as youth-friendly gummy bears or brownies, these high-THC products are up to 26 times more potent than the pot of the past and have been linked to higher incidences of psychosis.
  • One-fourth of teens who use marijuana said they got it from a medical marijuana cardholder, and nearly 11 percent said they bought it at a dispensary—places that are supposed to be off limits to teens.

“Pot’s promoters are again telling us that marijuana is safe. The science doesn’t support that,” says Dr. Dale Guthrie, FAAP, a pediatrician and former president of the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

“There is much we still don’t know about marijuana’s long-term effects, but emerging research raises a lot of red flags,” Dr. Guthrie says. “We know marijuana is extremely harmful to the developing adolescent brain, and that legalizing marijuana is a green light for more young people to use it — and for more young lives to be derailed by drug use.”

Learn more about how “legalizing marijuana is neither smart nor safe.”

Colorado was the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. Sales have generated some revenue, but at a tremendous cost. Start with this:

Every 2½ days, someone dies in a marijuana-related traffic collision.

More than half of Colorado marijuana users told one survey they believed it was safe to drive after consuming pot. So it sadly is not surprising that state records show the number of traffic fatalities in which the driver tested positive for marijuana more than doubled from 2013, the last year before legalization, to 2017.

In addition, collision insurance claims were 12.5 percent higher in Colorado compared to three neighboring states, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The police-reported crash rate was 7.4 percent higher.

Detecting marijuana impairment is not straight forward, leading the insurance institute to suggest the higher crash rates “might be related to the lack of practical enforcement options. Ineffective enforcement may encourage drivers to engage in this risky behavior.”

Click here to read more about the dismal results from Colorado.

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