Legalized Pot Means Less Traffic Fatalities
Pot in the driver's seat.
Published: February 12, 2014
That’s a concern for alcohol retailers. As far as I can tell, those are the years when people tend to set their relationship with alcohol. If they don’t drink much then, there’s less chance they’re going to drink a lot later. They might continue their marijuana use, which by most evidence is safer and healthier.
Regarding the big increase of drivers in fatal accidents testing positive for indicators of marijuana use, first of all I have sympathy for the families of the deceased. And I don’t doubt that some of these drivers were actually high on marijuana. However, I believe the big increase in marijuana indicators represents the fact that law enforcement is more actively testing for marijuana, and there are more marijuana users out there now. In particular, people with medical conditions who were never interested in getting high in the first place. Yes, they have metabolites in their bloodstream, but in most cases they aren’t impaired.
“Police resources and knowledge has increased over time,” says Abel. “There are a lot more people with metabolites in their bloodstream. Those folks get into crashes the same proportion as everybody else.”
Don’t let the naysayers jam you up in a rush to judgment when the issue has nuances they don’t see. As Jimi Hendrix said in “Crosstown Traffic,” “so hard to get through to you.”
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