The Free Thought Project has uncovered some pretty damaging information when going through a WikiLeaks dump of DNC info.
The powerful Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) is spreading paranoid misinformation in an effort to discourage more states from legalizing cannabis. A political newsletter was found to contain a paid advertisement from the WSWA saying that legislators should be cautious about legalization because it leads to increased traffic fatalities.
What many people don’t know is that the information regarding increased traffic fatalities in certain states needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. It’s all too easy to ignore the real facts when looking at absolute figures. For example, THC remains in the system long after a person is high or “impaired”.
Thus, people in car accidents are more likely to test positive for cannabis use in states where legal cannabis use is accepted. They aren’t necessarily high. They just have THC in their bloodstream. More people use it in states where it is legal, but is cannabis really increasing motor accidents? The real facts show a different picture.
What the WSWA chose to ignore in its scare-tactics campaign The original research producing the finding that the WSWA used contained some very important caveats. If these are taken into account, a different picture emerges. Here’s the real truth: MOST people who caused accidents who were found to have consumed cannabis had also been using alcohol or other drugs at the time of the crash. ONLY 1.8% of car accidents occurred when drivers had used cannabis and nothing else.