TV Anchor in Car Accident Promotes Responsible Pot

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Generational Divides Among Marijuana Users

Imagine getting into a fender bender with the company car and calling yourself an example of “responsible drinking.”  Cyd Maurer had a fender bender while working for a TV Station in Eugene, Oregon.  Her company called for drug testing. After it was found that she had THC metabolites,  the 25-year-old was fired. She has put out video claiming that she is an example of “responsible marijuana use.” Isn’t it ironic? In other words, getting into an accident in the company car is not a problem for her employer.   Will she pay for the car repair, or will she  be covering the rise in the station’s insurance premium, as a responsible person would do?

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Cyd Maurer formerly worked for an TV station in Eugene. Photo: Oregonlive. Top photo is an accident caused by a pot-impaired driver in Denver, Aug 3.Photo KUSA

Cyd Maurer was lucky that her goofy accident did not cause major damage.  A Conrail train engineer in 1987 was high on marijuana when he caused a collision in Chase, Maryland, that killed 16 people.  The freight train hit an Amtrak passenger train.  If it were not for the heroic efforts of the other train’s engineer, who was sober, many more people would have died. The Conrail engineer was interviewed about his impairment.  After spending 4 years in jail and going to rehab, he said, “If the joint hadn’t been there, I wouldn’t have been so inattentive. I feel it was pretty much exclusively the marijuana — the marijuana and the disease of addiction.”  (The Amtrak engineer who saved so many people lost his life.)

Cyd Maurer is now fighting against what she calls cannabigotry. Joining her in the fight is a Charlo Green, a TV anchor from Alaska who quit her anchor job to work on legalization effort in Alaska and  wanted to go out “with a bang.”

420 Versus 710: Weed Versus Dabs

Back in the 1970s or 1980s, a 25-year old marijuana user who got into an accident on the job probably would have realized their own role in the crash.  A generational divide is coming between traditional middle-aged marijuana users who smoke it, and the younger generation which prefers dabs.  Russ Belville, pro-pot advocate in Portland complains of seeing a group gathered around a young man doing dabs a public park. “The visual was a little jarring. Seven young people, odds-on that most weren’t even 21 years old, staring at one guy using a hand-held blow torch just two feet away from parched yellow dry grass in the middle of a public place while Portland chokes on the smoke from raging wildfires.”

Belville asks, “Could parents who have some familiarity with smoking a joint be scandalized by the sight of kids with dab rigs and blowtorches, and then led to oppose or severely restrict legalization?”   He adds, that “the occasional nightly news story of motel rooms and apartments blown up from faulty cannabis extraction techniques isn’t winning any voters to our side.”   Will marijuana dabs spark next generation of Parents’ Movement?

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3 thoughts on “TV Anchor in Car Accident Promotes Responsible Pot”

  1. THC Metabolites? Those are the inert molecules that remain after THC has been metabolized by the body. The tests don’t show whether the TCH was metabolized Today or 30 days ago.

    How would you like to be charged for drunk driving 2 weeks after having drinks at home???? That is how inaccurate THC testing is. The test can’t tell the difference between someone who has recently smoked or injested and someone who smoked a month ago. Complete BS

    1. The fact that she got into a fender bender is good reason to suspect she was impaired. She even claimed in her video to be anxious from the traffic. Pot smokers are notorious for the “anxiety” they have and the need to calm that anxiety, anxiety many pot users wouldn’t have if they hadn’t started. If not impaired, there is no reason for her to have a fender bender. It tells us that something was off. No one mentioned rain or snow. IF THC test is inaccurate, it is a very good reason not to legalize. She took a urine test, from listening to her it sounded like it was right away. Many people get “flashbacks” from marijuana. Many marijuana users have distorted memories anyways and they lie frequently, although they may not they’re lying.

    2. I’m sure if your child was run down and killed by a driver who tested positive for THC metabolites you would not care about the driver being impaired, right? Since marijuana effect can last 24 hours after use, the anchor could have smoked pot the day before and the pot could have affected her the next day. I realize those who advocate for marijuana use don’t seem to have any standards, but wishing marijuana did not have deleterious effects will not make it so.

      You have the right to have your own set of opinions, but not to have your own set of facts. There has to be a measurement in order to drug test people. Marijuana, after all, IS a mind altering substance. You can do anything you want to do, but you need to be willing to pay the price. The news anchor wanted to get high? Fine. It is perfectly legal for her to get loaded. It is NOT legal, however, for her to get in a car and drive while she has a mind altering substance in her system. If she did not want to be held responsible for driving with marijuana in her system, then she should have made sure she was SOBER when she got behind the wheel. Its pretty simple.

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