Detox Facility Reports 50 Percent Jump in Marijuana DUIs

As reported by 9News, Arapahoe House, a metro Denver detox service, with facilities in Aurora, Wheat Ridge and Commerce City, released data on June 25, revealing that 15 percent of their patients arrested for DUI, from January through May of 2014, were driving under the influence of marijuana – up 8 percent from the same time frame in 2013.

According to the report, the typical DUI-marijuana patient is a 30-year old white male.

While pot-related DUIs have increased, a “Drug Policy Alliance” report for the same period states that violent crime has actually decreased in Denver by 2.5 percent since last year.

What must be considered is that this report is a very small sample of the amount of DUI cases across Colorado. While marijuana-related DUI cases are more frequent than in the past, consideration should be assessed to the increased law enforcement training and resources dedicated to it. When enforcement of a designated crime is substantially increased, as a result the number of arrests are also increased in accordance. Therefore, a report like this should not be a springboard to the augment that marijuana is making the roads more dangerous in the State.

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