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As a former law enforcement officer and someone who has been in the drug testing industry for 30 years, I’ve seen firsthand the devastation drugs and alcohol have created for families and society.

Marijuana and the smell of pot is everywhere in Denver, and at a recent Broncos game I smelled it almost unendingly while walking through the tailgating parking lots. A law enforcement friend with 20 years on the Denver police force told me that their impaired driving arrests are up almost 40 percent since legalization and prosecutors can’t get convictions because there is no measurement for marijuana impairment like there is for alcohol, where you are presumed impaired at .08 BAC.

A regional manager for a national woman’s beauty boutique told me that the company recently discontinued pre-employment drug testing. Their positive rate for marijuana and other illicit drugs was so high it prevented them from filling employment positions, notwithstanding the known correlation between employee theft and drug addiction.

Not surprisingly, as states legalize "medical marijuana” and then legalize all pot use, the abuse of marijuana continues to rise across the United States, and so do the incidents of impaired driving. All corners of society are affected, including the workplace, where one national laboratory reports 20-plus percentage increases in positive drug tests for marijuana and other illicit drugs in Colorado and Washington.

Those states and 22 others have all started down the “legalize marijuana road” by first allowing medical marijuana. The very phrase “medical marijuana” must certainly be an oxymoron because no medical person I know would ever condone putting the harmful and mind-altering chemicals contained in marijuana smoke into the human body.

North Dakotans, just because those first lemming states, have jumped off the medical marijuana cliff, don’t be foolish enough to follow them.

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