by Phillip Drum, PharmD Today my sister would be turning 63 — that is — if she hadn’t been killed by a stoned driver while on her way to work in 2012. The incident occurred a few months before Washington voters chose to legalize marijuana, without knowing that the guilty driver had used pot before the fatal crash.
Rosemary Tempel, RN, BSN, BC, CQIA was 56 years old at the time. She was driving to work at Virginia Mason Hospital in downtown Seattle, WA. Timothy Durden was speeding in the center turn lane, traveling in the opposite direction while under the influence of marijuana. He was speeding toward a stopped vehicle in a center turn lane. At the last second before striking the stopped vehicle, Durden swerved, directing his Jeep into Rosemary’s car, which was traveling 35 mph in the opposite direction. He catapulted over Rosemary’s car – crushing her and breaking her neck. She had to be cut out of her vehicle.
Durden’s car lost the two front wheels and tumbled down the busy road resulting in an 8-car pile up. When pulling Durden’s vehicle upright, a Seattle police detective saw marijuana and multiple business cards to a marijuana dispensary fall from the vehicle. Continue reading My sister would have been 63 today
Movie is Wake Up Call for Politicians to Heed
Drug Free Idaho just introduced their one hour documentary about the mounting social ills of the marijuana “experiment.” It features interviews with concerned residents and drug prevention experts in states like California, Colorado, Washington and Oregon. This film counters the lies told by the commercial marijuana industry and their phalanx of lobbyists. This drug will not result in a boon of tax revenue, it does not eliminate crime and the black market, and most importantly, it deteriorates the quality of life in any state that tries it. Continue reading Marijuana Legalization Downside Revealed in New Film
My husband and I went to Sacramento to visit our friends who are “retiring” from their wholesale tool business after decades. We drove to their warehouse, which is one of 7 very large warehouses. We asked them why they were going out of business. They said that the entire complex of warehouses which contained their business had filled up with marijuana growers. They’ve been broken into so many times. They had to put up a sign on their door that says “There is no cash and no computers inside of this business.”
The growers showed up a few years ago with enormous rolls of cash and began plunking down copious amounts of money. They started wanting more and more of space. Continue reading Warehouse Business Must Close Because of the Pot Growers
by Steve I am 66 now and nothing to show for what I’ve done in my life because of marijuana. I started smoking it at age 18 while going to college. This was during the Viet Nam War era and our country was divided. Although I didn’t protest, I fell into the counter culture with a rebellious attitude. I was taking a full load in junior college with aspirations of studying to be an architect. Six weeks after getting drunk for the first time, I smoked my first joint. It was “on” after that. Marijuana was my gateway drug.
Immediately I became part of this never-ending lifestyle of always doing drugs, and ended up dropping out of college. Continue reading I’m Living Proof that Marijuana is a Gateway Drug