Ben James 
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Re: “The Future of Driving, Marijuana, And Being Stoned Behind The Wheel

No one should drive a car while intoxicated on anything ever. That being said people in the United States have been driving under the influence of alcohol, prescription drugs and cannabis in ever increasing numbers since the mass produced automobile was invented. Alcohol and prescription drug intoxication are commonplace as the direct cause in a very large percentage of all fatal auto accidents. Over 21,000 traffic fatalities a year are directly attributable to alcohol and pharmaceutical drug intoxication. Both alcohol and prescription drugs are well known statistical serial killers both in driving and in life in general.

Marijuana prohibitionists are doing and saying everything and anything possible to make cannabis look bad. They nit pick every possible aspect of cannabis consumption in an effort to stop legalization. Even so, there is no real statistically significant data in the crime logs year to year about cannabis and auto accidents by comparison to serial killers prescription drugs and alcohol. All automobile accidents with fatalities require full spectrum blood toxicology for all the involved drivers. If cannabis use did cause large numbers of driving incidents we would see it in the news and the statistical data and we do not. To the best of my knowledge ( I have checked thoroughly), not a single police agency in the US even keeps statistics for fatal accident caused solely by cannabis intoxication. Every police agency in the nation shows ever increasing numbers where alcohol and pharmaceuticals are cited for traffic deaths.

I am completely against anyone driving intoxicated on anything and support severe penalties for intoxicated drivers, but the silly "OMG cannabis users are going to start driving and cause a rash of accidents" argument is just more reefer madness nonsense and has absolutely no basis in actual crime statistics!

Legalize, regulate and TAX!

Posted by Ben James on 05/19/2017 at 9:15 AM

Re: “Felony Marijuana Arrests Drop In California

Some folks see the data I posted below and think it is false. They type angry replies and call me a liar. They say I'm just making it all up. They can't believe that if these numbers are correct, our government would still prohibit cannabis consumption. Yet my data is taken direct from the US Government's own Center for Disease Control website. I ask these angry folks to check my numbers for themselves and get back to me with any errors they find, then I never hear back. Franky I'm as shocked as those folks who get angry when they see the numbers.

Figures from the Center for Disease Control on numbers of deaths per year in the USA:

* Prescription Drugs: 237,485 + 5000 traffic fatalities
* Tobacco: 390,323
* Alcohol: 88,013 + 16,000 traffic fatalities
* Cocaine: 4,906
* Heroin: 7,200
* Aspirin: 466
* Acetaminophen (Tylenol): 179
* Marijuana: 0, none, not a single fatal overdose in all medical history and almost no traffic problems by comparison to prescription drugs and alcohol.

So, which is safer ???? Legalize, regulate and TAX!

Posted by Ben James on 07/07/2016 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Medical Marijuana Providers Score Major Victory in Federal Court

The most dangerous aspect of cannabis consumption is running afoul of lazy law enforcement officers looking for a soft targets instead of fighting real crime. It is absolutely clear that cannabis is by far safer than the legal alternatives.

According to the Center for Disease Control alcohol, tobacco and pharmaceutical drugs are directly responsible for over 650,000 deaths annually in this country. Alcohol and pharmaceutical drug intoxication kill another 21,000 Americans each year in traffic accidents.

The CDC also posts the dangers of cannabis use as 0 deaths in all medical history due to toxic overdose and almost no statistical record of traffic problems.

Legalize, regulate and TAX!

Posted by Ben James on 04/13/2016 at 6:15 PM

Re: “Emeryville and San Leandro to Legalize Medical Marijuana

All the data needed for an informed decision on cannabis legalization has already been collected and can be found at the CDC web site.

Figures directly from the CDC on numbers of deaths per year in the US:

* Prescription Drugs: 237,485 + 5000 traffic fatalities
* Tobacco: 390,323
* Alcohol: 88,013 + 16,000 traffic fatalities
* Cocaine: 4,906
* Heroin: 7,200
* Aspirin: 466
* Acetaminophen (Tylenol): 179
* Marijuana: 0, none, not a single fatal overdose in all medical history and almost no traffic problems.

So, which is safer???? Legalize, regulate, TAX!

Posted by Ben James on 03/30/2016 at 7:46 AM

Re: “Brookings Bombshell: America Needs High-Quality Marijuana Medications

When it became clear that cannabis oils are the only remedy for some types of childhood epilepsy that drugs from Big Pharma could not resolve there was no more doubt that cannabis is good efficacious medicine. All the data needed for an informed decision on cannabis legalization has already been collected and can be found at the CDC web site.

When looking at relative products safely the first thing that should be analyzed as how many people are killed.

Figures directly from the CDC dot gov web site on numbers of deaths per year in the USA
* Prescription Drugs: 237,485 + 5000 traffic fatalities
* Tobacco: 390,323
* Alcohol: 88,013 + 16,000 traffic fatalities
* Cocaine: 4,906
* Heroin: 7,200
* Aspirin: 466
* Acetaminophen (Tylenol): 179
* Marijuana: 0, none, not a single fatal overdose in all medical history and almost no traffic problems.

So, which is safer???? Legalize, regulate, TAX!

Posted by Ben James on 03/29/2016 at 9:49 PM

Re: “What A Trump Presidency Would Mean for Marijuana Law Reform: Worry

Dohnny boy has so alienated people of color, minorities and women that in the final analysis he doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell of getting elected. It will be another Democrat and hopefully Bernie Sanders.

Posted by Ben James on 03/02/2016 at 2:54 PM

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