by J. D. Heyes, Natural News:
Buried in a trove of emails from the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee, and mysteriously obtained by WikiLeaks, was an email newsletter sent to political insiders that contained something interesting: a paid advertisement from the alcohol industry.
Ordinarily that would not be odd, and it certainly isn’t the biggest news to come out of the trove of dumped DNC/Clinton emails. But it could have significant social and healthcare implications.
In the May 24, 2016, edition of Huddle, a daily newsletter from Politico, there was an ad from the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America that is little more than fear-mongering aimed at political leaders who may be leaning towards marijuana legalization.
“A message from Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America: While neutral on the issue of legalization, WSWA believes states that legalize marijuana need to ensure appropriate and effective regulations are enacted to protect the public from the dangers associated with the abuse and misuse of marijuana,” the ad begins.
Continuing, the ad notes that 23 states as well as the District of Columbia currently have legislation on the books legalizing marijuana use for medicinal purposes. The ad also acknowledges that Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, D.C., have legalized the drug for recreational use as well.
But the WSWA goes on to state that, in the years since Colorado passed its legislation, law enforcement officials in the state have allegedly recorded higher-than-average traffic fatalities involving drivers who tested positive for marijuana use.
Because of that lone state statistic, the WSWA is encouraging Congress to fully fund Section 4008 of the FAST Act in the upcoming fiscal year’s budget, “to document the prevalence of marijuana impaired driving,” while also determining standards and ways to detect impairment due to pot consumption.
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