Fortunately, while the war on common sense wages on and crippled imbeciles from the “this is your brain on drugs” scare culture continue to spread pot propaganda throughout the media, weed advocates, especially those wielding a savage voice, can take pleasure in exploiting the discrepancies of these misguided mongrel’s opinions for the sake of entertaining the masses.
Most recently is former leader of the Drug Enforcement Agency, Peter Bensinger, who earlier this week, blasted the state of Illinois for legalizing medical marijuana, calling the move a giant fail for the state.
"The citizens of Illinois lost. They've compromised their safety and the exposure of kids to marijuana. Eighteen-year-olds can take this without a parent's permission. And you have to only look at other states to see what's happened," Bensinger said during a local radio interview.
"In Colorado, the grades have gone down in the high schools, the drug violations have gone up and the highway traffic fatalities from people smoking pot and driving have tripled. One person is dying every week because someone is driving a vehicle and has smoked marijuana."
We are not entirely sure where Bensinger gets his information, but it is not exactly on point with reality. In fact, recent statistics from the Colorado State Patrol indicates that fatalities as the result of traffic-related crashes have diminished since the state legalized marijuana.
Now, we are not saying that the legalization of marijuana is directly related with a decrease in traffic deaths, but a recent study titled “Medical Marijuana Laws, Traffic Fatalities, and Alcohol Consumption” is. Researchers from the University of Colorado, in conjunction with the University of Oregon and Montana State University, found that traffic fatalities diminish on an average of 8 to 11 percent in the first year following the legalization of medical marijuana -- 10 to 13 percent by the fourth year.
Interestingly, this particular study has been used as a source in several reputable publications, including Time, The Boston Globe, and now, HIGH TIMES.
Bensinger would also like to convince God-fearing Americans, especially those residing in Illinois, into believing that ever since medical marijuana was legalized in Colorado, there has been a torrential onslaught of stoned students flunking out of high school, destined to become homeless junkies, forced into trading street sodomy with the upper class in order to support their habit.
However, medical marijuana is in no way bound to make ruffians and thieves out of Colorado’s children. In fact, there are reportedly only 60 minors across the entire state of Colorado currently receiving medical marijuana. Statistics from the Colorado Department of Health shows that the average age of the state’s 110,000 registered marijuana users is approximately 42-years-old - not exactly the youth gone wild.
"I think the implementation of it remains yet to be seen. In Illinois, I have serious doubts that it is going to provide the comfort and relief to those that were designated. I think it's going to be abused, and many more people will be smoking pot that aren't really have (sic) terminal illness and serious sickness."
Bensinger adds that it is irrelevant that marijuana can be used to relieve chronic pain for thousands of patients in Illinois because he says, "So will heroin. So will other drugs."
Up until that statement, we simply thought Bensinger was a bitter old coot suffering from advanced dementia as the result of popping too many boner pills; however, after he went so far as to put marijuana in the same haunting ranks as heroin, we can only hope the DEA has since upgraded their criteria for recruiting brainwashed knuckleheads.
Mike Adams writes for Playboy's The Smoking Jacket, BroBible and Hustler Magazine. Follow him: @adamssoup; facebook.com/mikeadams73.