As Marijuana Laws Change, Health Risks Of Pot Use Are Weighed

Now that people in Colorado (and, soon, Washington state) can buy marijuana about as easily as they can pick up a 12-pack of Bud Light, it’s a good time to ask: How risky is it to turn to pot?

President Obama has already shared his opinion, telling the New Yorker magazine, “I don’t think [marijuana] is more dangerous than alcohol.” The president’s opinion stands in stark contrast with official federal policy that still classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, putting it in the same class as heroin and LSD. [Read more…]

New Year's DUI Arrests In Colorado Down 14% From Previous Year

COLORADO:  Colorado law enforcement authorities arrested 14 percent fewer drunken-driving suspects this New Year’s holiday than during the previous year’s festivities, a sign that people might be finding a safer way home.

“It’s hard to tell; we don’t know for sure, but that’s a hope,” said Emily Wilfong, spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Transportation. “We’re trending with lower fatalities over the holidays.”

The weeklong enforcement period of increased patrols, supported through state grants, caps off a year that saw 28 percent fewer arrests during the 12-period enforcement cycle than in 2012. Factors such as agency participation and funding also affect arrest numbers.

Mile 'High' Denver Gets No NBA Pot Pass

COLORADO:  It was, as the Denver Post put it, “a historic swirl of commerce and cannabis” this past week in Colorado, as the nation’s first legal sales of recreational marijuana began.

To a degree, the Miami Heat couldn’t help but get caught up in that swirl (but not the smoke). First, because they were involved in the last game in Denver when marijuana sales still were illegal, and second, because two members of the team also are officers in the National Basketball Players Association. [Read more…]

Federal Drug Agency Denies Marijuana Is Less Toxic Than Alcohol

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The National Institute on Drug Abuse released an eyebrow-raising statement to PolitiFact on Monday, denying that marijuana is less toxic than alcohol. [Read more…]