Sunday, February 16, 2014

Driving deaths while impaired on pot are increasing

Good Day World!

I don’t mean to harsh your Sunday high, but there’s something I want to talk to you about: the dangers of driving while flying high on marijuana.

Let’s start off with the fact that driving while impaired by alcohol, and or drugs, is simply stupid. There’s no other way to put it.

As medical marijuana sales expanded into 20 states, legal weed was detected in the bodies of dead drivers three times more often during 2010 when compared to those who died behind the wheel in 1999, according to a new study from Columbia University published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

Cannabinol, a remnant of marijuana, was found in 12.2 percent of those deceased drivers during 2010, (up from 4.2 percent in 1999). Pot was the most common non-alcoholic drug detected by those toxicology screenings.

On the other hand, a separate study - also based on FARS data - found that in states where medical marijuana was approved, traffic fatalities decrease by as much as 11 percent during the first year after legalization. Written by researchers at the University of Colorado, Oregon and Montana State University, the paper was published in 2013 in the Journal of Law & Economics.

Proponents of marijuana think it’s unfair that state’s are taking THC levels right after accidents because pot can be detected in the blood for one week after consumption, which could lead to chronic consumers being wrongly arrested.

My whole point is driving impaired on anything is beyond stupid…it’s criminal. I have nothing against marijuana or alcohol when used properly and safely.

Time for me to walk on down the road…

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