You can’t make this up. During testimony on a proposed bill to legalize marijuana in Maryland, Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop cited a parody story about marijuana overdoses to make his case against legalization. From the Capital Gazette:
Testifying against bills proposed to legalize and decriminalize marijuana in the state, Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop cited a hoax story that claimed 37 people had died the first day marijuana was legalized in Colorado.
“The first day of legalization, that’s when Colorado experienced 37 deaths that day from overdose on marijuana,” Pristoop testified at Tuesday’s Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing. “I remember the first day it was decriminalized there were 37 deaths.”
But Sen. Jamie Raskin, D-Montgomery, who has proposed a bill that would legalize, regulate and tax the drug, immediately fact-checked Pristoop.
It is truly pathetic that a man who chose to testify on marijuana policy would be so ignorant and also not immediately understand the article was parody. Some anti-legalization forces have so bought into their own propaganda they can’t even tell when they are being mocked.
While the exchange is comically sad, it is still a positive sign for the legalization movement. We are getting to the point where the only people who are willing to speak out against legalization are those who are deeply misinformed about the facts as well as the hopelessly corrupt.