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Old 09-05-2013, 10:43 AM   #1
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Default Here Are All The People Who Have Died From A Marijuana Overdose

Just how deadly a killer is marijuana? Here's a GIF showing all of the people who have died after overdosing on pot:


Yeah, not a single person has ever died from a weed overdose. We don't have numbers on pandas, but we're guessing it's about the same. According to one frequently cited study, a marijuana smoker would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times the amount of THC in a joint in order to be at risk of dying.

Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the federal government wouldn't intervene as Colorado and Washington state implement plans for a system of legalized marijuana for adults. The decision opened the floodgates for other states to pursue similar legalization efforts and outraged police groups apparently not excited to see a shift away from the failed war on drugs.

In a joint letter written to Holder on Friday, law enforcement organizations warned that his move would lead to more crime, violence and even death.

While high driving may be a concern, Colorado, Washington and federal authorities have all taken steps to keep people off the road after using marijuana. The two states both have their own restrictions, and Holder said in his statement that the DOJ would still prosecute individuals or entities to prevent "drugged driving."

The police groups also make a number of additional controversial claims that marijuana use itself leads to violent behavior, suicidal thoughts and interest in harder drugs. Scientific studies have not been able to prove this causation conclusively, however, and research has also suggested that THC has significant therapeutic value to patients suffering from cancer, AIDS or glaucoma.

None of this is to say that the nation doesn't struggle with broader issues of drug and alcohol abuse and overdose. Drug policy reformers and activists gathered around the world over the weekend to discuss the overdose epidemic. In 2010, overdoses were responsible for 38,329 deaths. Sixty percent of those were related to prescription drugs. In the same year, a total of 25,692 persons died of alcohol-induced causes, including accidental poisoning and disease from dependent use.
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According to one frequently cited study, a marijuana smoker would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times the amount of THC in a joint in order to be at risk of dying.
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Do dui deaths count.
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Do dui deaths count.
True, alcohol kills a gazillion people every year in part because it is legal, and this increases the chance of driving while drunk. I'm certain fatalities from driving stoned will increase once more and more states legalize it.

The argument Vis presents is a bit outdated, since few if any reasonable people still associate pot with heroin, meth, Tylenol or other OD drugs. Pot is clearly most analogous to booze.

I think the question to ask conservatives and libertarians is whether they think the government has a right to keep them either from drinking beer or smoking pot.
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True, alcohol kills a gazillion people every year in part because it is legal, and this increases the chance of driving while drunk. I'm certain fatalities from driving stoned will increase once more and more states legalize it.

The argument Vis presents is a bit outdated, since few if any reasonable people still associate pot with heroin, meth, Tylenol or other OD drugs. Pot is clearly most analogous to booze.

I think the question to ask conservatives and libertarians is whether they think the government has a right to keep them either from drinking beer or smoking pot.
It's not outdated because the feds just refused to reclassify it
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True, alcohol kills a gazillion people every year in part because it is legal, and this increases the chance of driving while drunk. I'm certain fatalities from driving stoned will increase once more and more states legalize it.

The argument Vis presents is a bit outdated, since few if any reasonable people still associate pot with heroin, meth, Tylenol or other OD drugs. Pot is clearly most analogous to booze.

I think the question to ask conservatives and libertarians is whether they think the government has a right to keep them either from drinking beer or smoking pot.
I don't think it's any worse than alcohol and probably should be legalized especially when it would benefit medically.
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typical stoned drivers are paranoid about cops and getting busted and actually drive safer, more cautious, and cognitive of the rules of the road.

then theres the lame stereotype of spicoli and cheech and chong in the smoke filled bus/van.
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typical stoned drivers are paranoid about cops and getting busted and actually drive safer, more cautious, and cognitive of the rules of the road.

then theres the lame stereotype of spicoli and cheech and chong in the smoke filled bus/van.
And 25mph seems like 75.
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Have you ever looked at a $20 bill....on WEED?!?
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