For years, anti-marijuana groups have spun data in an attempt to prove that the sky is falling as a result of progressive cannabis laws in Colorado. The latest example involves a vast exaggeration about the level of stoned driving in the state, complete with an assist from the Denver Post.
Additional characters in the latest episode of this long-running series include Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) and the affiliated Marijuana Accountability Coalition (MAC), a pair of powerful and aggressive organizations that decry greater accessibility to pot, and the Colorado-based Marijuana Industry Group, whose executive director, recent Westword profile subject Kristi Kelly, notes that the manipulation of facts in this area has repercussions that go beyond the state line.
“It’s not just Coloradans looking at data to see how the legalization of marijuana has impacted the health and safety of people who live here,” Kelly says. “Because Colorado is the oldest and most mature market, our data is monitored pretty closely across the country as well. So it’s critical the data gets represented accurately.”