Category Archives: MJ lobby

Legalization may mean more drugged driving — and more drunk-drugged driving

With the legalization of marijuana, more people will be smoking marijuana, so drugged driving will likely increase. The marijuana lobby likes to suggest that more people smoking weed will mean fewer people drinking – therefore, less drunk driving. But researchers say there’s no evidence of that. So, we will probably have an increase in drugged driving while drinking and driving remains the same. If so, it follows that drinking and drugging while driving may increase. That’s not a good situation, to put it mildly. Continue reading

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Marijuana legalization: Damn the science, full speed ahead

By Jim Gogek If tobacco was not legal, and we knew the full scientific extent of its health impacts, would we legalize it today? Not a chance. A substance that’s dangerously addictive and kills half the people who use it … Continue reading

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After legalization, the powerful marijuana lobby would kill marijuana taxes. Just ask the San Diego City Council…

By Jim Gogek Advocates for legal marijuana promise that we could tax the heck out of it to pay for any costs it might create, such as the costs of treating the increased number of people addicted to marijuana. But … Continue reading

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Medical marijuana in the Wild West: Montana vs. New Mexico

By Jim Gogek Montana may repeal its medical marijuana law. The Treasure State took a Wild West, anything goes approach to medical marijuana, much like Colorado and California, and people there are fairly shocked by what happened. Marijuana purveyors popped … Continue reading

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ATODblog:2010 in review

Wish I had more time to devote to this blog… Anybody else who thinks the same way I do about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs want to submit a post? Anyway, here’s the figures on readership for last year, courtesy … Continue reading

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A doctor’s opinion: Medical marijuana should never be smoked

[Dear readers, This post is by my brother, Ed Gogek, MD, an Arizona physician who was very active in opposing Arizona’s new medical marijuana law. The following excerpt was written as comment on new regulations for the AZ law. His … Continue reading

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Medical associations coming out against medical marijuana as the reality of state pot laws gets silly

    Medical marijuana is getting more and more ridiculous. And the news media, finally, is finally taking a more discriminating look at the whole issue. In the beginning, the media took a “wow, cool…” view of the subject, succumbing … Continue reading

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