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Actual Drivers, Pot, Alcohol, and Texting. Adams County Sheriff’s Office hosts first of its kind Driver Impairment Awareness Day to educate consumers on the risks.

 For immediate release – July 3, 2018

Media Contact; Dacorum Strategies CEO, Todd Mitchem - media@dacorumstrategies.com or 720-576-9604

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office and Dacorum Strategies, a Denver based  Government Affairs and Public Policy/Education firm for the cannabis industry, partner to present a first of its kind Driver Impairment Awareness Day utilizing onsite consumption of either marijuana or alcohol, and an actual driving test to educate consumers around the risk of driving drunk, high or distracted.

As the state of Colorado and communities all over the United States work to manage legal cannabis either medically or recreationally, many new unintended consequences have arisen. One such issue revolves around impairment and driving. Both alcohol and marijuana remain the central causes of automobile crashes in Colorado and in a recent survey of 12,000 drivers, CDOT found that over 70% stated they had driven high in the last year. Even more concerning, over 50% of those surveyed indicated they felt driving high was safe. When we combine these new statistics with the fact that each year over 26,000 people are arrested for DUI, and Distracted driving accounts for approximately 25% of all motor vehicle crash fatalities, it’s clear we have a dire need to ramp up efforts which support safe driving. This private event will give consumers and law enforcement an opportunity to educate while being educated on the growing impairment issues around the United States. 

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“As a person nearly killed in a rear end collision by a distracted driver, I feel passionate about teaching consumers about the harm these seemingly innocent behaviors cause,” says Dacorum Strategies CEO, Todd Mitchem. “Also, as a firm that represents cannabis industry organizations, mainstream companies looking to be in the industry and consumers, we feel a responsibility to emphasize the fact that driving impaired, regardless of substance, is an epidemic that must be stopped. We are thankful for Sheriff Mike McIntosh's dedication to ending impaired driving.”

This highly publicized event will be held at the Adams County Sheriff’s FLATROCK  Regional Training Centeron July 16th from 10 am – 4 pm. Willing volunteers will be carefully administered controlled doses of either marijuana or alcohol, with a third group texting, will be observed driving in vehicles provided by Mile High Driver Training. Their owner, Charles LaMonaca, stated, “We are also excited to help with this important day. Teen safety is our #1 concern.”Adams County Sheriff deputies will observe the closed safety course exercise so they can learn firsthand about the differences each impairment causes in driver capabilities. “We are thrilled to host this Impairment Day at our facility because we believe it will help send a message to consumers showing them it is not worth them drinking, using marijuana or texting while driving,” says Adams County Sheriff Mike McIntosh, “Our deputies will then give field sobriety tests for each participant at the various stages of impairment. I believe together we can curb the tragic injuries and fatalities these impairments cause.” 


The non-scientific Impairment Day event is designed to sound the alert to all consumers that driving high, drunk or otherwise distracted is a huge issue and one they must take seriously.

Where: Adams County Sheriff’s FLATROCK Training Facility; 23600 128th Ave, Commerce City, CO

Date and Time: July 16, 2018 from 10am – 4pm

Individuals who wish to be in the control group of volunteers of either alcohol or marijuana should contact Dacorum Strategies at ImpairmentDay@DacorumStrategies.com (Drivers must have a valid Colorado drivers license, proof of car insurance, proof of health insurance and be at least 21 years of age.)

Media is invited to attend, conduct interviews at certain times, and record the event to help educate consumers. If you are a member of the press or you wish to be the top sponsor for this event, and wish to participate, please email: Media@DacorumStrategies.com


See our CEO, Todd Mitchem, with Sam Cole from CDOT, speaking out about driving high in Colorado. 

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Cannabis: Regulation pitfalls, secrets for powerful government affairs strategy and expert opinion from a top regulator.

In this informative and interactive presentation, Dacorum Strategies Managing Partner, Todd Mitchem and Former Executive Director of the Department of Revenue (Marijuana Enforcement Division) Barbara Brohl will be discussing the most critical best practices and strategies for your cannabis-based business (Hemp and marijuana) or your government entity. This is a rare opportunity for you to get the same access to a combined knowledge usually only reserved for our top tier clients. Barbara is now the VP of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Dacorum Strategies. www.DacorumStrategies.com

Questions to be covered by Todd and Barbara in this unique webinar. 

1) Why did you decide to join the government affairs side of the industry?

2) What do you see as the most significant challenges today for both hemp and marijuana industries?

3) If you had to start over in the industry or with the Marijuana Enforcement Division what would you do differently?

4) What is the best advice you could give to a company looking to become a top-tier company that partners with the government?

5) What is the best advice you could give a government agency in dealing with either the marijuana or hemp industries?

6) Where do you see as major pitfalls on both the hemp and marijuana sides of cannabis? For Regulators? For Industry? For Consumers?

7) Why is it essential that there is responsible regulation of both the hemp and marijuana sides of cannabis?

8) How does a collaborative working relationship benefit regulators, industry, and stakeholders?

9) Taking questions from the attendees.

Who is this for:

- Industry leaders who want to be or are top tier and ready to go to the next level

- Investors looking to place funds into either the hemp or marijuana space

- Government officials, regulators, members of the legislature or federal government looking to better understand how to work with the industry


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IN THE NEWS....CDOT survey finds lots of people are driving while stoned.

CDOT survey finds lots of people are driving while stoned.

By Channel 7 News Denver

Most people know it’s illegal to drive while high on marijuana. But the Colorado Department of Transportation has found that a lot of cannabis users don’t take the law seriously, even though it can result in a DUI, or worse yet, an accident.

That information comes from CDOT’s Cannabis Conversation, a statewide survey that collected anonymous responses from 7,698 marijuana users and 3,722 non-users. The survey is still open and findings and analysis won’t be finalized until summer. But there’s a big number that already sticks out: Of the users, 69 percent said they have driven under the influence of marijuana in the past year, with 27 percent saying they drive high almost daily.

Now, there is controversy about how the state determines whether someone is high when police are doling out DUIs. THC stays in the body longer than alcohol, and it can be difficult to determine if someone is actually high when driving. The state limit for THC in blood is 5 nanograms per milliliter.

But remember: These survey numbers are self-reported. And there’s this little nugget from CDOT’s press release: “Forty percent of recreational users and 34 percent of medical users said they don’t think being under the influence of marijuana affects their ability to drive safely. About 10 percent of all users think it makes them a better driver.”

While it’s hard to determine whether someone crashed their car due to marijuana, another drug, distraction from a cell phone or simple error, CDOT found that in 2016, 51 fatalities in Colorado involved drivers who were over the limit for THC.

If you’re interested in the topic, The Denver Post published an analysis of high driving on Aug. 25, 2017, called “Exclusive: Traffic fatalities linked to marijuana are up sharply in Colorado. Is legalization to blame?”

One interesting Colorado fact from that report: “Those who tested positive for alcohol in fatal crashes from 2013 to 2015 — figures for 2016 were not available — grew 17 percent, from 129 to 151.

“By contrast, the number of drivers who tested positive for marijuana use jumped 145 percent — from 47 in 2013 to 115 in 2016.”

CDOT worked with a group of partners for its Cannabis Conversation, including dispensaries. Todd Mitchem, managing partner of Dacorum Strategies, a Denver-based government affairs and community outreach firm for the cannabis industry, stated in the CDOT release that government, industry and other partners will have to work together to combat high driving. “This isn’t something that law enforcement can solve, or something CDOT can solve, or something the marijuana industry can solve. We have to work together and be honest with each other about the challenges.”

Todd Mitchem