TCTI: Too Crazy To Ignore
Dave Ross

PSAs and police are taking on pot in Colorado

Legal retail marijuana stores are still on track to begin opening by the end of June, according to the state Liquor Control Board.

This week saw our state's first marijuana grower's license issued and the announcement of Seattle's first marijuana tours, for things like glass blowing and cooking.

But in that other state to legalize pot, the retail shops have been open since the beginning of 2014.

Recreational pot may be legal now in Colorado, but the law also says it has to be policed just like alcohol, which means special training for cops and new ads.

The Colorado Department of Transportation new driver safety ad shows a stoned 30-something proudly mounting his new flat screen TV on the wall. And as he walks away, the graphic comes on, "Installing your TV while high is now legal," and as the TV crashes to floor, it reads, "driving to get a new one isn't."

But just in case people don't obey the ads, Colorado Police are attending classes to learn a series of behavioral tests to catch cannibus-addled drivers.

One of the things they're looking out for is varying speed.

But the real challenge of course is getting drivers to take marijuana seriously.

The perception, right now at least, is that marijuana may slow you down and make you stupid - but it's basically harmless.

Yet 15 percent of the driving citations issued this year have involved pot use.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has been openly skeptical about legalization but says he'll do his best to make it work, but he doesn't sound optimistic.

"I want to be able to say, we did everything we could to try and make sure this transition to legalized marijuana was done effectively and fairly and still didn't work, and then the voters can look at it again," he said.

And then take another vote, assuming they're not too stoned to fill in the circles.

Dave Ross, KIRO Radio Morning News Anchor
Dave Ross hosts the Morning News on KIRO Radio weekdays from 5-9 a.m. Dave has won the national Edward R. Murrow Award for writing five times since he started at KIRO Radio in 1978.
Top Stories

  • Climate Change Winner
    A forecaster says the Pacific Northwest will be on the winning side of climate change

  • Is Gas Works Safe?
    Police have been called out to the park nearly every night this week
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from MyNorthwest.com
In the community
Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.