Ed Wood 
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Re: “Is the Gazette's new marijuana series a joke?

Herb, it is not true that NHTSA found that cannabis use doesn't increase crash risk. Read the report! Failure to find a link is not the same as finding there is no link, especially with a study that was not designed to find a link in the first place. This was a study of volunteers - comparing controls with those who were in crashes and also volunteered to be part of the study. What? You expected stoned drivers to volunteer? The test cases included both drivers responsible for crashes as well as innocent victims who you would expect to be no different from controls. Why design a study that dilutes the test signal? Controls were tested immediately, and test cases were tested after a delay, allowing THC to metabolize and sequester. So victims would be expected to have a lower THC level than controls, further diluting the signal. The assay was not designed to differentiate between recent and historical use, which is why 100% of the cases testing positive for carboxy THC also tested positive for THC, a very unusual situation. This calls into question everything about the study! Virginia City, as a military town, has a lower drug use than the norm - check NHTSA's published figures. So any results, even if they had been meaningful, wouldn't apply to pot-laced locales like Colorado. If you're going to pick a study to champion, pick a good one.

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Posted by Ed Wood on 03/24/2015 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Is the Gazette's new marijuana series a joke?

If the Independent holds forth the L A Times as a model of journalistic integrity, then the Crawford piece is not surprising. Why are readers afraid of the facts?

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Posted by Ed Wood on 03/24/2015 at 8:58 AM

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