Utah Politics/Region

Eric Jensen eric at emstraffic.com
Thu Feb 3 11:57:03 MST 2005


Josh Coates wrote:

>>So if someone is on a drug and committing a crime, the drug is more likely
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>to be marijuana than crack.
>
>yep - i would venture to guess that that's probably true.
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>>It doesn't necessarily mean that using marijuana makes a person more likely
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>to commit other crimes.
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>well, i think this is where there may be some correlation.
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>try this out:
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> replace: "under the influence of marijauna"
> with: "under the influence of alcohol"
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> replace: "during the commission of their crime"
> with: "involved in a fatal auto accident"
>
>then it would seem to indicate that you are more likely to be killed in auto
>accident if you are drunk.  drunk people are impaired, physically and
>mentally, and so "mistakes" happen when operating heavy machinery (ie. a
>car.)
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>i think this just says "if you are high, you are more likely to be convicted
>of a crime."  toasty people are impaired mentally, and perhaps exercise poor
>judgement and impulse control, and so "mistakes" happen when trying to
>behave civilly.
>
>Josh Coates
>http://www.jcoates.org
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I can agree with that.  I know a lot of pot heads, and even though they 
are mostly mellow and don't intend to commit a crime, they tend to do 
some pretty stupid stuff.  So I could say that if I was high as a kite, 
I would be more likely to commit a misdemeanor then if I wasn't.

Eric



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