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With Support For Marijuana, Concern Over Driving High Grows


Society & Culture  (tags: marijuana, politics, driving, safety, society, politics, news )

Cal
- 184 days ago - npr.org
A majority of Americans now say they support full legalization, and the trend is spreading: Legal weed is coming soon to Washington state.



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John S. (300)
Monday February 24, 2014, 4:23 am
"You could smoke about an ounce and still have your motor skills," says 39-year-old Dante Cox. "When it comes to one shot of alcohol, all that goes out of the window." Sounds like the articles written by car magazine that demonstrate you driving skills initially go up with the first few glasses. I thought we had rules for this anyway
 

John S. (300)
Monday February 24, 2014, 4:24 am
Plus, I also wonder how many accidents listed under alcohol actually are a combination.
 

Alexandra G. (221)
Monday February 24, 2014, 4:58 am
noted, thanks
 

Dee C. (214)
Monday February 24, 2014, 5:56 am
Accidents while driving under the influence of (just) marijuana (no alcohol found) are indeed up..

I think what many fail to see in this..is that just like alcohol being legal and people will still drive drunk..The same will absolutely apply to marijuana..

Driving while under the influence of anything be it prescription drugs..illegal/and or legal drugs..and alcohol will always be a dangerous and most irresponsible act..and big problem..

Thanks Cal..
Noted..
 

pam w. (191)
Monday February 24, 2014, 1:45 pm
The fact that some people may drive irresponsibly is a ''given." It does NOT mean we shouldn't go ahead and decriminalize recreational/medical use of cannabil!
 

Jordan G. (27)
Monday February 24, 2014, 6:16 pm
With rights come responsibilities. Standards can be set, as they are for alcohol and prescription drugs (yes, prescription drugs).
 

Susan Allen (221)
Monday February 24, 2014, 6:54 pm
Noted and shared. Personally, I think law enforcement, as well as many others, are so pissed that marijuana has been legalized in any state, that they're going to do some insane things to try and prove that legalization is a huge mistake before other states follow suit. Driving under the influence of marijuana doesn't even touch driving under the influence of alcohol.
 

GGmaSheila D. (163)
Monday February 24, 2014, 7:18 pm
Actually, friemds in the sixties and seventies who used pot, drove better than people who were drunk. They seemed to keep there senses alot longer and had better reflexes. Why won't something be done to stop all the drunk drivers instead...
 

Alfred Donovan (46)
Tuesday February 25, 2014, 1:49 am
I think this is a thoroughly bad idea although I support the legal use of this drug for medicinal purposes.Some people who have MS swear that it relieves their suffering and pain. at one time cocaine was legal in the UK and we all know the results of that.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 25, 2014, 1:51 am
Noted, ty.
 

Ondine J. (134)
Tuesday February 25, 2014, 10:58 pm
Noted and agree with DeeC, Susan and actually everybody so far, thanks Cal
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Wednesday February 26, 2014, 2:35 pm
Noted. People drinking alcohol will argue with you that no matter how much they've imbibed, are perfectly fine to drive.....even though they absolutely shouldn't get behind the wheel. People partaking of cannabis generally prefer not to drive anyway. The differences in the 2 substances are miles apart. From what I know, since cannabis can be in your bloodstream for weeks, it will be impossible to determine when it was used. Once this debate is finally settled, I'll bet a nickel that alcohol will be shown to have an even worse effect on drivers than the way it's portrayed now....with the focus staying on alcohol impairment, rather than cannabis.
 
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