Charges Dropped In Vancouver Marijuana Vehicular Homicide Case | The Weed Blog

Reefer Madness Yellow Journalism, Drudge Style When this story was reported, the Drudge Report AKA the Sludge Retort, posted a headline to the effect "Man High on Marijuana Mows Down Pedestrian" making it sound as if a stoned driver had careened onto the sidewalk and killed a poor, unsuspecting innocent. In truth, some fool stepped out in front of traffic in an unmarked, unlit area and was hit by a car driven by a man who may have smoked marijuana earlier. Guess what, no charges! I wonder if the pedestrian who pulled a Darwin by killing himself via carelessness was intoxicated on alcohol. If so, I bet we don't hear anything about that.

Charges Dropped In Vancouver Marijuana Vehicular Homicide Case Posted by RadicalRuss at 9:45 PM on December 20, 2012 Act I – A man driving on a busy five-lane road during rush-hour traffic on a dark, wet, rainy night hits and kills a careless pedestrian who stepped into traffic in the middle of the road in Vancouver, Washington, outside of any marked crosswalks. The man is charged with marijuana DUI, causing the media to erupt in fits of hyperbole and speculation over the first big marijuana DUI story since passage of marijuana legalization in Washington State.Act II – As the news emerges that the driver admitted to smoking marijuana “an hour to an hour-and-a-half” before the accident and that he failed a field sobriety test, commenters on news media pages lament the Stoned Mayhem On Freeways SMOF that is the inevitable outcome of legalization. In the marijuana media, meanwhile, pot-smoking opponents of this marijuana legalization howled in righteous condemnation of the new per se DUID law that is the doom of this and all marijuana-using drivers, despite the fact that in any case where a driver fails a sobriety test, admits to pot smoking, and kills a pedestrian, his blood will be drawn and used as evidence in a vehicular manslaughter charge.Now Act III – Charges have been dropped against the driver for vehicular manslaughter and he never was charged with DUI. On Wednesday, Clark County prosecutors said after reviewing the case, they decided to drop the charge against Rowles. The prosecutors concluded that further investigation was needed, a spokesperson said. Rowles is currently not being held on any charges, although the investigation is still open. Prosecutors also said despite what a police news release said, Rowles was never charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants.Will prosecutors reinstate a DUI-marijuana charge when they get that blood test result back? The news reports are vague, but I will follow up on the question.Source: http://radicalruss.com/charges-dropped-in-vancouver-marijuana-vehicular-homicide-case/

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Driver charged with DUI Marijuana after deadly Vancouver crash - KPTV - FOX 12

Reefer madness lives. According to this story, man who had used marijuana hit and killed a pedestrian who stepped out in front of him in traffic in an unlit area not marked as a pedestrian crossing. So it is clear that using marijuana had nothing to do with the pedestrian's self-inflicted death but the media tries to denigrate marijuana users by sinking to the level of yellow journalism. The victim "was clearly at fault" but just because the driver had used marijuana at some recent point he was "technically at fault." This is not justice, this is reefer madness prejudice and a smear campaign by the pathetic mainstream press who are catamites for politicians and law enforcement. Driver charged with DUI Marijuana after deadly crash in Vancouver

-The Vancouver Police Department arrested a man on the charge of driving under the influence of marijuana in connection with a deadly crash in Vancouver. DUI Police believe this is the first deadly crash involving marijuana since it became legal in Washington. Investigators said the driver hit and killed a pedestrian around 5:50 p.m. on East Mill Plain Boulevard and Andresen Road. Police say the victim, a male in his 50's, was believed to be walking back from Safeway and stepped out into the middle of traffic.The driver, Scotty Rowles, was driving westbound on East Mill Plain Boulevard and could not stop his car in time, according to police. Detectives says Rowles cooperated with the investigation, but after interviewing him they determined there was enough evidence to arrest him on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana.Police believe this is the first deadly crash involving the drug since it became legal in the state of Washington.Police say the victim was close to two different lit and controlled intersections, but chose to step out into the middle of traffic, which would clearly put him at fault.However, because Rowles was believed to be under the influence of marijuana, Washington State law says he is technically at fault, according to police.While it may now be legal to smoke marijuana in the state of Washington, police say it is never legal to smoke it and then get behind the wheel.The victim's ID will be released after police notify his family.

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