Quote:As medical marijuana sales expanded into 20 states, legal weed was detected in the bodies of dead drivers three times more often during 2010 when compared to those who died behind the wheel in 1999, according to a new study from Columbia University published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
“The trend suggests that marijuana is playing an increased role in fatal crashes,” said Dr. Guohua Li, a co-author and director of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia University Medical Center. The researchers examined data from the federal Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), spanning more than 23,000 drivers killed during that 11-year period.
A separate study — also based on FARS data — found that in states where medical marijuana was approved, traffic fatalities decrease by as much as 11 percent during the first year after legalization.
NBC news is becoming like sensational conspiracy forums where the headline has NOTHING to do with the article.
In reality, the most commonly used tests check for metabolites, that may stay in the fat cells for a month or more after smoking.
Someone can smoke today then get into a fender bender 3 weeks from now, smoking nothing in the meantime, and they may still test positive for marijuana and have officials report that it was a factor in the accident, though they were no longer under the influence.
If alcohol remained in the bloodstream for the same amount of time as THC, I would estimate that well over 60% of drivers would test positive, which would lead to a slew of horribly uniformed propaganda based articles like this piece of shit.
Important to remember, it is MSM and they have proven time and time again, they don't possess the reading comprehension skills required to report factually and/or unbiased on anything.
Just like the NAZI's, they are only doing what they are told.