State with medical pot laws see drop in DUI fatalities

November 18, 2013 

Perhaps the letter writer who authored "Florida voters should reject marijuana legalization" (Herald, Nov. 11) missed the news because it was not published in the Bradenton Herald.

Across the board, states with medical marijuana laws are experiencing about a 13 percent drop in DUI-related fatalities. Likewise, the gateway theory has long been debunked and in fact it is pot prohibitions that increase the use of more dangerous drugs.

Yet the letter writer claims that legal access to cannabis is "dangerous and ill-conceived" on the specious grounds that a person under the influence of marijuana is "not a pretty sight."

As the saying goes, "there are none so blind as those who will not see."

Jose Melendez

DeLand, Fla.

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