Consider our buzz harshed. Legal pot use in Washington and Colorado has had a number of benefits – the Highest State has seen a 2.5-percent drop in violent crime and a big bump in tax revenues ($10 million during the first third of 2014). Washington, meanwhile, is expecting a $190-million increase in tax revenues over the next few years. The legalization of marijuana has also – some might say predictably – contributed to increases in driving while high. Not cool, Washington and Colorado.

The increase in ganja-related DUIs has reportedly doubled in Colorado, from eight to 15 percent of total UDI cases, according to Arapahoe House, a detox operation that runs three facilities in metropolitan Denver. In Mesa County, in western Colorado, meanwhile, around 12 percent of DUI cases relate to weed use. During the first half of 2013, Washington police found that 420 (seriously) of the 745 drivers stopped on suspected DUI were found to have too much THC in their system. That's a nine percent increase over 2012.

With those troubling (albeit limited-in-scope) metrics in mind, both states are preparing a comprehensive ad campaign aimed at discouraging those who have been smoking from getting behind the wheel. The ads, three 30-second spots that are each good for a chuckle, were originally designed for Colorado, although they're also set to air in Washington.

Take a look below for all three ads. Do you think these will be effective? Have your say in Comments.






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      Eta Carinae
      • 5 Months Ago
      I can honestly say Larry litemanen is a dunce.......if he knew the history of weed and why it is even illegal in the first place...he wouldn't have such a negative bias against this "drug"......quite actually marijuana and alcohol are following the same paths...legal, then prohibited (illegal if you dont know the meaning larry), and legal again......so do me a favor while your sitting on your porch drinking a budweiser......get educated P.S. only an idiot would eat a large bug then smoke a dubee
      J
      • 5 Months Ago
      WARNING: Keep shaggy hair away from an open flame.
      Michael
      • 5 Months Ago
      It's a drug that affects different people differently. A roadside sobriety test is the real one that matters, after the cop has observed questionable actions by the driver.
      Larry Litmanen
      • 5 Months Ago
      I think pot is great, less competition for jobs as far as i am concerned.
      Solji
      • 5 Months Ago
      Stupid ads in my opinion. The bbq one is the only relevant vid because of memory loss. Ive toked and driven before. It seems to heighten my perception and my shifts are a lot quicker. Everyone is different I suppose. My problem with issuing a DUI is proving the person to be incapable of driving or functioning abnormally. I forsee a lot of cases being thrown out with good lawyers
        radroach
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Solji
        on the contrary i've only had negative driving awareness and my shifts were so bad it was like getting kicked in the nuts, which is why I never smoke and drive. Trying to get this across to people I know who seem to think it's ok. My mom's fart sniffing boyfriend thinks its ok to drive his prius, loaded up on weed and doesn't pay attention, I swear he nearly caused two wrecks driving down the street.
        ApexHunter
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Solji
        You're not getting high enough buddy. A toke here and there won't do much, but the same can be said with 1 or 2 beers.
      steaksausage
      • 5 Months Ago
      To those who think driving after smoking dope is dangerous, have any of you tried it? I must say, a cruise just after a fat blunt greatly improves my focus and driving ability. Not to mention the awesome feel I get for my car. After smoking, I've had some of my greatest performance driving experiences ever. Conquered off road obstacles I was unsure about sober, some crazy on the edge snow driving (empty business parks after hours) I feel that smoking before driving is more beneficial to me than going about it sober. That said, I would never endanger myself or others by exceeding posted speed limits while stoned. As long as traffic laws are obeyed, I do not see how smoking weed before driving can possibly cause any harm to anyone. Also, playing forza 5 ripped off my ass dramatically improves my game play. That has to mean something
        radroach
        • 5 Months Ago
        @steaksausage
        wow guess what you are exactly the person this ad / the police are targeting for. Enjoy your DUI.
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 5 Months Ago
      um,....you don't have to get high for the tv to fall from the wall to happen. Or the propaneless grill.....Now the basketball thing......that isnt weed dude......that is some other s*it.
      yo
      • 5 Months Ago
      pot isnt like alcohol.. most people can drive just fine. Actually probably everyone can drive just fine on weed
        bcidoc
        • 5 Months Ago
        @yo
        Tell that to my old high school friend, who rear ended a cop at a stop light, because he was too stoned.
      Phoneboy101
      • 5 Months Ago
      It doesn't make driving while high look stupid. It makes being high look stupid. Whether you're a fan of the drug or not, it's hard to argue that's not an accurate portrayal.
      stonehunte
      • 5 Months Ago
      They have to generate that extra tax revenue however they can...
      ajk724
      • 5 Months Ago
      FACT: No one has ever died because of marijuana.
        Larry Litmanen
        • 5 Months Ago
        @ajk724
        Didn't a student jump off the building after eating marijuana laced brownies like a month ago?
        clquake
        • 5 Months Ago
        @ajk724
        http://www.cbsnews.com/news/two-denver-deaths-tied-to-recreational-marijuana-use/
          Rizzy89
          • 5 Months Ago
          @clquake
          I believe what ajk724 was trying to say was that nobody has ever died due to an overdose of marijuana. People will always do stupid stuff under the influence of a drug but there is no such case of a Marijuana overdose in human history.
      PTC DAWG
      • 5 Months Ago
      Slow diving 20 mph under the speed limit going for Cheetos is a bad thing?
        Larry Litmanen
        • 5 Months Ago
        @PTC DAWG
        Just a stepping stone to killing a family of 3 to feed your drug habit.
          Larry Litmanen
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Larry Litmanen
          Can you identify the event in your life where your parents failed you so badly that you turned to drugs. Dude, at least have enough shame not to talk about it so openly.
          Ducman69
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Larry Litmanen
          Larry, don't you have better things to do, like staying a virgin and singing with the other church choir boys about sins.
          Psyclist
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Larry Litmanen
          Lol, why you troll? TBH I dont drive when ive just smoked with some friends. But afterwards if I do , im a much calmer and cautious driver. I agree it needs to be enforced somehow, but not the same approach as alcohol
          SpacemanSpiff
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Larry Litmanen
          Yeah, do your drugs quietly in the corner while hiding your face in shame and never talk about it, damn doper. They probably made a law against it for some good reason so there's no point in discussing it in public ever. But please, tell us about all the damage you did to your liver last weekend trying to finish off that keg before you passed out in a puddle of your own vomit. Cause you didn't drive so it was totally legal and OK to talk about. /s
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