Marijuana Sobriety Checkpoints: New Legislation to Outlaw Driving While Stoned

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Some will swear that marijuana has merit for motorists. Others fear impairment of any kind, at any level. We're pretty terrified of teen drivers, especially those with cell phones and hangovers, but we'll leave it to the government to intervene on this great debate.

Under a bill introduced last month by a SoCal assemblywoman, driving while stoned would result in an automatic DUI offense.

The proposed bill would tag this "offense" onto the section of the Vehicle Code that addresses drunk driving. The new section states that any level of "cannabinoids or synthetic cannabinoid compound" found in a driver's blood or urine, up to three hours after a traffic stop, would equate to a DUI, according to AB 2552, which was introduced by Assemblywoman Norma Torres (D-Pomona).

However,cannabinoids remain in the body for days or weeks after consumption, according to California NORML. If passed, Torres' bill would essentially criminalize outright operation of a motor vehicle by any marijuana user. So hopefully tokers know enough beer-drinkers skilled enough to stay under 0.08 to designated-drive them to work.

Torres introduced the bill quietly. No press release accompanied AB 2552's Feb. 27 unveiling.

Torres is a former 911 dispatcher for the LAPD and mayor of Pomona, serving her second term in Sacramento, and is running for reelection this year. Her financial backers include booze, cops, Native Americans, and media. More specifically, tribal committees, NBC Universal, Millercoors, the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, the Wine Institute, and Anheuser Busch, all of which contributed $1,000 or more to Torres's reelection campaign, according to records.

Word of the bill's existence broke over the weekend among the marijuana community: NORML issued a press release on Saturday, and union organizers pledged to fight the measure with "everything we have," according to Dan Rush, national director of the medical cannabis and hemp division of United Food and Commercial Workers. The union is also fighting a similar bill in Colorado, Rush said.

Torres could not be reached over the weekend. However, judging by the state of her Facebook wall -- currently occupied by unhappy marijuana advocates -- somebody at Torres' office must know this isn't popular with pot users.

The bill has yet to be assigned to a committee in the Assembly. A bill needs to pass committee and both houses of the Legislature before heading to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown, whose signature is required in order for the bill to become law.

Technically, it is already a crime to drive stoned: "It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle," the Vehicle Code says. Thinking liberally, one could interpret this to mean that it's also illegal to drive under the influence of prescription medication, or cough syrup.

It would certainly mean no marijuana user could drive, and would also remove from behind the wheel anyone prescribed Marinol, the synthetic THC pill approved by the FDA.

It's not clear what field sobriety test the state's police, sheriffs, and Highway Patrol would use to ascertain a driver's cannabinoid level. And why would a zero-tolerance policy only be applied to marijuana? "There is no scientific basis for zero tolerance DUI standards," California NORML Director Dale Gieringer wrote in a statement over the weekend.

"There is no relationship between impairment and the presence of cannabinoids in urine," Gieringer wrote. "Secondly, there is no relationship between impairment and the presence of non-psychoactive cannabinoid metabolites in blood. Third, there is extensive evidence that safe driving is not incompatible with low levels of active THC in the blood."

Though if the bill does pass, there's a veritable fortune available for anyone offering rides to festivals, from High Sierra to Gaia to our own Hardly Strictly. Just make sure you pot-test your pedicab operator.

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krymsun
krymsun

Is Driving High on Marijuana Safer Than Driving Drunk? [ or driving sober?!! ]
For decades, marijuana advocates have argued that pot has a significantly different effect on driving ability than alcohol. But if you take the word of one auto insurance company, stoned is actually the safest way to drive. 4AutoinsuranceQuote.org is making that case based on years’ worth of scientific studies, including some from the US National Highway Transportation Safety Administration that found motorists under the influence of marijuana tended to drive slower and have accident responsibility rates lower than those of drug-free drivers.
http://blogs.lawyers.com/2012/04/cruising-the-high-way-safer-than-drunk-driving/
 

Studies have shown marijuana users are Safer Drivers than either drunk drivers, or sober ones.
http://blogs.lawyers.com/2012/04/cruising-the-high-way-safer-than-drunk-driving/

One study, entitled "Medical Marijuana Laws, Traffic Fatalities, and Alcohol Consumption" conducted in November 2011 provides evidence that marijuana is a safer substitute for alcohol when it comes to health and also makes for safer drivers.

Top Ten Reasons Marijuana Users Are Safe Drivers

When you combine all of the main results of these two decades worth of scientific research studies, the following 10 reasons marijuana drivers are safer than drunk drivers comes out like this:

1. Drivers who had been using marijuana were found to drive slower, according to a 1983 study done by U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). This was seen as a factor in their favor, since drivers who drank alcohol usually drove faster and that is part of the reason they had accidents.

2. Marijuana users were able to drive straight and not have any trouble staying in their own lanes when driving on the highway, according to a NHTSA done in 1993 in the Netherlands. The study determined also that the use of marijuana had very little effect on the person’s overall driving ability.

3. Drivers who had smoked marijuana were shown to be less likely to try to pass other cars and to drive at a consistent speed, according to a University of Adelaide study done in Australia. The study showed no danger unless the drivers had also been drinking alcohol.

4. Drivers high on marijuana were also shown to be less likely to drive in a reckless fashion, according to a study done in 2000 in the UK by the UK Transport Research Lab. The study was done using drivers on driving simulators over a period of a month and was actually undertaken to show that pot was a cause for impairment, but instead it showed the opposite and confirmed that these drivers were actually much safer than some of the other drivers on the road.

5. States that allow the legal use of marijuana for medical reasons are noticing less traffic fatalities; for instance, in Colorado and Montana there has been a nine percent drop in traffic fatalities and a five percent drop in beer sales. The conclusion was that using marijuana actually has helped save lives. Medical marijuana is allowed in 16 states in the U.S.

6. Low doses of marijuana in a person’s system was found by tests in Canada in 2002 to have little effect on a person’s ability to drive a car, and that these drivers were in much fewer car crashes than alcohol drinkers.

7. Most marijuana smokers have fewer crashes because they don’t even drive in the first place and just stay home thus concluded more than one of these tests on pot smoking and driving.

8. Marijuana smokers are thought to be more sober drivers. Traffic information from 13 states where medical marijuana is legal showed that these drivers were actually safer and more careful than many other drivers on the road. These studies were confirmed by the University of Colorado and the Montana State University when they compared a relationship between legal marijuana use and deaths in traffic accidents in those states. The studies done by a group called the Truth About Cars showed that traffic deaths fell nine percent in states with legal use of medical marijuana.

9. Multiple studies showed that marijuana smokers were less likely to be risk takers than those that use alcohol. The studies showed that the marijuana calmed them down and made them actually pay more attention to their abilities. All of these tests and research studies showed that while some people think that marijuana is a major cause of traffic problems, in reality it may make the users even safer when they get behind the wheel.

10. Marijuana smoking drivers were shown to drive at prescribed following distances, which made them less likely to cause or have crashes.

.. stick *that* in your pipe, and smoke it!

http://www.theweeklyconstitutional.com/news/headlines/1035-why-you-should-always-spark-up-before-hitting-the-road
 

 A 2002 review of seven separate crash culpability studies involving 7,934 drivers reported, “Crash culpability studies [which attempt to correlate the responsibility of a driver for an accident to his or her consumption of a drug and the level of drug compound in his or her system] have failed to demonstrate that drivers with cannabinoids in the blood are significantly more likely than drug-free drivers to be culpable in road crashes.” [Chesher et al. Cannabis and alcohol in motor vehicle accidents. In: Grotenhermen and Russo (Eds) Cannabis and Cannabinoids: Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Therapeutic Potential. New York: Haworth Press. 2002: 313-323.]

But, unlike with alcohol, the accident risk caused by cannabis, particularly among those who are not acutely intoxicated, appears limited because subjects under its influence are generally aware of their impairment and compensate to some extent, such as by slowing down and by focusing their attention when they know a response will be required. [Allison Smiley. Marijuana: On-Road and Driving Simulator Studies]

This response is the opposite of that exhibited by drivers under the influence of alcohol, who tend to drive in a more risky manner proportional to their intoxication.[United Kingdom's Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.  The Classification of Cannabis Under the Misuse of Drugs Act of 1971. 2002: See specifically: Chapter 4, Section 4.3.5: "Cannabis differs from alcohol; ... it seems not to increase risk-taking behavior. This may explain why it appears to play a smaller role than alcohol in road traffic accidents."]
 

Cannabis use is associated with only marginal increases in traffic accident risk, comparable to anti-histamines and penicillin.

An investigator from Aalborg University and the Institute of Transport Economics in Oslo assessed the risk of road accident associated with drivers’ use of licit and illicit drugs, including amphetamines, analgesics, anti-asthmatics, anti-depressives, anti-histamines, benzodiazepines, cannabis, cocaine, opiates, penicillin and zopiclone (a sleeping pill).  His study reviewed data from 66 separate studies evaluating the use of illicit or prescribed drugs on accident risk; the study found that cannabis was associated with minor, but not significantly increased odds of traffic injury (1.06) or fatal accident (1.25). By comparison, opiates (1.44), benzodiazepine tranquillizers (2.30), anti-depressants (1.32), cocaine (2.96), amphetamines (4.46), and the sleeping aid zopiclone (2.60) were all associated with a greater risk of fatal accident than cannabis. Anti-histamines (1.12) and penicillin (1.12) were associated with comparable odds to cannabis.

Nick Yonko
Nick Yonko

you know that pot stays in your system for upto 30 days even longer in some.so what happins to those who smoked it two weeks ago?  do they also get there driving record damaged?you know i used to drive after i had a joint,and i can tell you i have never had an accedentin the 25 years of driving while under the influance of marijuana. i have been driving for 41years and have had only 1 minor accedent, and you know whats funny i wasn't evenhigh when it happined. i am more worried about someone texting while driving.

Cal Fire News
Cal Fire News

Recall Assemblywoman Norma Torres - As a democrat I will do everything I can to make sure this woman is unemployed during next election...

Thinking Clearly
Thinking Clearly

If each substance in the pharmacopeia needed its own driving law our law books might look similar to the physicians desk reference. There are laws already prohibiting driving while impaired. If we go this route, I suggest hiring some psychics to run this department.

GoliathImmortal
GoliathImmortal

It's the only time I so drive good ......LOLOther wise I drive like a speed demon !

Elizabeth Frantes
Elizabeth Frantes

Well, let's just forget the fact that no one has ever shown that smoking pot makes you a worse driver,  Esp when compared to people yelling at kids in the back, texting, putting on make up, driving under the influence of OTC and prescription drugs, and lets forget the fact that there is no way to tell when you ingested the pot ... well, this is more proof that EVERYON IN ELECTED OFFICE AND EVERYONE APPOINTED TO OFFICES must be fired, and their pensions destributed to union workers who actually NEGOTIATED their pensions and CONTRIBUTED. 

Prop215 Patient☮
Prop215 Patient☮

This is discrimination against medical marijuana patients! I've already written my local Reps to protest! Let's get this bill trending on all social networks! Put this fascist Torres out of office!

gin collum
gin collum

well in my opinion if your sick enough to have to have pot to get high on to ease the pain of maybe cancer and terminally ill cancer patients that are dying with months or weeks to live if pot makes them comfortable till they  pass then i see no reason not to give those patients pot...but those who complain they are depressed, their big toes hurts and all the symptoms of drug addict would have just to get high...I dont think should have the pot..i dont care how depressed you are, how many migraines u got or how many disabilities checks you receive a month...The only way i would give you pot to smoke on is if you are your death bed and those who are on their death bed dont have the strength drive..and if all of you patients sick potheads were as sick as you claim to be then you wouldnt feel like driving right...you patients are nothing but addicts seeking legal ways to get high and i be damn if I will vote on a bill to enabe your damn habits...

Rehab
Rehab

I agree with the bill. I'm sure this is intented to make both users and non users stay safe in the road. We all know what weed can do to us. I am not saying that, this goes for all but some users experience hallucinations and the like. Great information. Thanks for sharing!

szander
szander

I'm sick of these hypocrites who attempt to dictate how we live our lives, particularly when they're being funded by the fucking alcohol industry.

Pathetic and infuriating.

Time to vote out these people.

Elizabeth Frantes
Elizabeth Frantes

They don't deserve to be voted out.  They need to be dragged out of their offices, stripped of all  pay, benefits, and pensions, and tossed out on the streets.  I'd ban them from housing, from shelters, and let them live as they have forced others to live. 

MikeParent
MikeParent

Dems and Reps, different pages from the same bad book!

Gregory Williams
Gregory Williams

so sick of these slimy sleazy politicians trying to sneak laws through without us noticing until it has already been passed.

gin collum
gin collum

hey pothead its a conspiracy....yall aint gonna get high legally and live free...You might scam the pot doctor but the government is gonna get you back..so it would be easier to get in a recovery program and get that habit in check now....

atalanta63
atalanta63

No one is picking on you for sucking on your alcohol and prescription drugs.  Go crawl back into your bottle.

George Karcher
George Karcher

Just keep electing Republicans and the SS will be at your door asking you to pee

Elizabeth Frantes
Elizabeth Frantes

Actually,. John Dennis, who ran against PeeLousy last time, is in favor of decriminalizing all banned drugs, starting with pot.  I've actually switched parties because I'd rather be an SF GOP (Like Dennis Peron) than a demonc*nt . ..  ooops . .. sorry . .... you should see the letter I got from that botoxed bint about the issue yesterday and she didn't even pspell my name right~!

PhilDeBowl
PhilDeBowl

Bullshit their ALL politicians,divide and conquer baby.

todd hunger
todd hunger

George-She is a democrat-Just like Obama that is raiding legal medical marijuana facilities in California-Dems are WORSE than repubs on this issue (b/c of the support Dems receive from law enforcement unions-look at who has donated to her campaign)-Ron Paul opposes cannabis prohibition-Obama LOVES Prohibition b/c he is making campaign money from the same people as Torres. BTW Obama smoked marijuana and admits it!! Support Ron Paul or Gary Johnson for President if you are sick of this prohibition insanity!!!

George Karcher
George Karcher

leave us alone

gin collum
gin collum

poor sick medical potheads...they being picked on and they got script to smoke that drug of choice heck they even can grow a little too....they are being victimized because of their sick illness..its call drug addiction...

Roger_Murdock
Roger_Murdock

1) There was a recent study (loudly trumpeted by the drug warriors) that claimed to find that the use of cannabis "nearly doubles" a driver's risk of accident. Nearly. Doubles. Two minutes on Google informs me that having a B.A.C. of 0.08 (i.e., right at the legal limit) increases one’s risk of being in an accident 11-fold. And driving while texting evidently increases your crash risk 23-fold. (That’s why I took the Oprah pledge.) So given that context, even if the results of that study were confirmed, that's an EXTREMELY modest finding.

2) Everything I've heard suggests that experience is the key factor. If you're a noob, don't toke and drive. Of course, if you're a noob you'll most likely have absolutely no desire to drive after toking. On the other hand, if you're an experienced toker, cannabis use likely has little to no effect on your safety behind the wheel -- and that's assuming that it doesn't make you SAFER.

3) My understanding of impairment studies conducted under lab conditions is that they show slight impairment combined with generally adequate compensation. In other words, people impaired by cannabis tend to recognize that they’re impaired and make adjustments like driving more slowly. In contrast, people who are impaired by alcohol frequently do NOT recognize their own impairment and may actually drive faster. Not surprisingly, alcohol impairment has a dramatic impact on the likelihood of a fatal crash. Thus, even if cannabis impairment does increase your overall risk of an accident, I’d be very surprised to see a similar increase in fatal accidents. (And it makes a huge difference if we’re talking about doubling the risk of death or a fender bender.)

4) And finally, even if were shown that cannabis significantly increased the risk of an accident (something that has still NOT been shown), that’s an argument for making driving while impaired illegal. It’s NOT an argument for asinine per se “drugged driving” rules based on nearly undetectable levels of trace metabolites. And it’s sure as hell NOT an argument for criminalizing the possession or sale of cannabis altogether.

blahblahblunt
blahblahblunt

Its amazing that with all the problems our country is facing right now, that our politicians, that are suppose to be representing the people, are waisting their time cutting the competition against their high-paying friends.

blahblahblunt
blahblahblunt

No facts, no punctuation and no manners, but you are the one judging? Cute. Lost people like you are the reason Cannabis smokers feel comfortable that they are not in the wrong, thank you for your reassurance. 

Muzzy Lu
Muzzy Lu

It is much better to be on cannabis while driving than alcohol. I have back pain and medical marijuana does help. Instead of medicating with opiates, booze, or other harmful drugs, medical marijuana taken in edibles really works for me and many others.

Great e-book on medical marijuana: MARIJUANA - Guide to Buying, Growing, Harvesting, and Making Medical Marijuana Oil and Delicious Candies to Treat Pain and Ailments by Mary Bendis, Second Edition. This book has great recipes for easy marijuana oil, delicious Cannabis Chocolates, and tasty Dragon Teeth Mints.

azlefty
azlefty

Sorry Boys and Girls but study after study has shown that MJ does affect  your motor skills, many of you sound like Alcoholics  saying that You can drive fine.

If you want the  effort to legalize MJ to be taken seriously you have to accept  that yes it does alter  perception  and motor skills,  thus making a law like this a good one!  

Perhaps it is time for you to start thinking Critically about this instead of like spoiled Children wanting  yours! 

Elizabeth Frantes
Elizabeth Frantes

OK, I'm calling you out.  Cite your sources.  Now.  Or you defined yourself as a twatwaffle at the very least.

azlefty
azlefty

Google is your friend Start with this and you can go from there!http://www.erowid.org/plants/c... By denying  what is well known and scientifically proven  the  deniers are only hurting the  cause to legalize.  While Pot is not alcohol and does not pose the same dangers it does chemically alter the  body and perception.  I know form my experience in my teens  and early twenties,  I would nor want to  drive after partaking and I have not many anyone else I would want driving either

Jim
Jim

I can only speak for myself. I have driven for over 34 years "high". NEVER in a accident, over a million miles driven(in all types of weather, and in all conditions.) I know alot of people who smoke and drive better than most non smokers. cannabis is not like alcohol, the statistics bear that out. We have a law on the books already, its called, "driving under the influence." Why should you single out pot smokers, I believe the government just found a way to raise more revenue at its citizens expense again.

Martin_stone
Martin_stone

To keep this factual, the adverse motive effect of THC only for around 5 hours and, yes, most will agree it effects motor skills (usually more careful, slower, non road rage, courteousness but anyway), after that time it is also recognized in those studies you are stating, Azlefty, that the effect of THC is broken down by the liver quicly and after 5 or so hrs there is virtually no residual  impairment. given this fact, and the issue that THC remains in fat tissue for around 28 days, are you saying people are still effected from THC and cannot drive even after all Psychological effects have worn off and there is no impairment, considering this could be weeks from when the person last consumed Cannabis? now think about this in regards to the real issue of prescribed and legal drugs and driving, his is where the issue is. Statistics coming out of States in the USA that legalize medical Cannabis use have 13 to 15% reductions in driving fatalities, why is this? it is because that's how many changed to Cannabis and drove as against stayed on Alcohol and drove. your opinion does not count for much when it is based on edited versions of reports and no further investigations on the facts.

housemusic3
housemusic3

 

"Prohibition... goes beyond the bound of reason in that it attempts tocontrol a man's appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things thatare not crimes. A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles uponwhich our government was founded" -Abraham Lincoln

"The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerablyby the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for thegovernment and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country isclosely connected with this." - Albert Einstein quote on Hemp

"Two of my favorite things are sitting on my front porch smoking a pipeof sweet hemp, and playing my Hohner harmonica." - Abraham Lincoln (from aletter written by Lincoln during his presidency to the head of the HohnerHarmonica Company in Germany)

"Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of thecountry."- Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President

"Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow iteverywhere."- George Washington, U.S. President

"We shall, by and by, want a world of hemp more for our ownconsumption." - John Adams, U.S. President  

housemusicisterrible.
housemusicisterrible.

"Cool Maaaan, look at all the colors!!!!"- Every other worthless stoner ever, AKA you

Elizabeth Frantes
Elizabeth Frantes

Carl Sagan was a stoner.  Maybe if I'd smoked more I could have undestood theoretical physics.

PhilDeBowl
PhilDeBowl

Typical moronic snarky comment from the prohibitionists brain trust.

Jim
Jim

We are all not "stoners" I am cirtainly not worthless. I run a very sucsessful business for nearly twenty years. I converse with other business people, some smoke cannabis. I do not see colors ( I think you confuse LSD and weed.)  you are a idiot.

Jim
Jim

your an idiot

Roger_Murdock
Roger_Murdock

My view is that if we are going to pass per se drugged driving laws setting permissible levels for various drugs in one’s system, we shouldn’t discriminate on the basis of the type of drug that’s causing impairment. Right now, the legal limit for drunk driving is a B.A.C. of 0.08. According to the interwebs, someone who is right at that limit is 11 times more likely to be in an accident. So let’s do some actual research and find the amount of active THC it takes to raise the risk of an accident 11-fold and set that as the legal limit. (I wonder if it's even possible.  My guess is you'd have to come pretty close to the mythical 15,000 joints supposedly required to cause a fatal overdose in order to achieve a similar level of impairment.)

Muzzy Lu
Muzzy Lu

How about just $2.99 for great e-book on medical marijuana: MARIJUANA - Guide to Buying, Growing, Harvesting, and Making Medical Marijuana Oil and Delicious Candies to Treat Pain and Ailments by Mary Bendis, Second Edition. This book has great recipes for easy marijuana oil, delicious Cannabis Chocolates, and tasty Dragon Teeth Mints. 

Muzzy Lu
Muzzy Lu

If this bill passes, are they going to check drivers for all medications, or just pick on cannabis? How about just $2.99 for great e-book on medical marijuana: MARIJUANA - Guide to Buying, Growing, Harvesting, and Making Medical Marijuana Oil and Delicious Candies to Treat Pain and Ailments by Mary Bendis, Second Edition. This book has great recipes for easy marijuana oil, delicious Cannabis Chocolates, and tasty Dragon Teeth Mints. 

goo.gl/iYjPn  goo.gl/Jfs61

Jim
Jim

I have over a million accident free miles, while driving stoned. I have driven all over this country, in all types of weather conditions. For some of us, "it connects the dots." The people want it legalized, the government does not. that is what it amounts to. Just another way to fleece the American public. WE cant let this pass.

Chris
Chris

So people with medical marijuana licenses are all now lawbreakers when driving? I guess that is one way to end run the medical licensing. 

Elizabeth Frantes
Elizabeth Frantes

Well, I stopped driving before I got sick . .. think about it.  Lots of professional race drivers agree with my btw.  I realized that my safety was totally dependant on others being responsible.  And since I can't control them and since we know there are so many impaired drivers I changed my life completely.  So, a lot of bidnezzes get bupkis from me.  MUNI is dangerous because of hordes of teen thugs, so I walk a lot, dodging crazed bicyclists who do unto pedestrials what bad drivers do to bikers.  Of course the cops can't be bothered enforced the law .. . they have to go hassle potheads. 

Roger_Murdock
Roger_Murdock

I think one of the reasons it’s so hard for many people to wrap their head around the idea that cannabis + driving is probably not THAT dangerous is that their whole view of drugs is skewed by alcohol. Drinking and driving is EXTREMELY dangerous. And (to some) alcohol isn’t even a true “drug.” It’s legal and socially acceptable. More importantly, THEY use it. If alcohol consumption makes driving very dangerous, then the use of “drugs” MUST make driving SUPER-CRAZY-OH-MY-GOD-HIDE-THE-CHILDREN dangerous. I mean how could any recreational drug be less dangerous than alcohol, the one we decided to keep legal? That would suggest that our entire drug policy is irrational, and that can’t be right. Even scarier for some people, that would make THEM, in a sense, “worse” than “drug users,” you know the people they get such a kick out of feeling superior to. That’s no fun for the old ego.

Roger_Murdock
Roger_Murdock

This law has NOTHING to do with safety.  It has EVERYTHING to do with persecuting an unpopular "other."  

Comparing traffic deaths over time in states with and without medical marijuana law changes, the researchers found that fatal car wrecks dropped by 9% in states that legalized medical use — which was largely attributable to a decline in drunk driving. The researchers controlled for other factors like changes in driving laws and the number of miles driven that could affect the results.

Medical marijuana laws were not significantly linked with changes in daytime crash rates or those that didn’t involve alcohol. But the rate of fatal crashes in which a driver had consumed any alcohol dropped 12% after medical marijuana was legalized, and crashes involving high levels of alcohol consumption fell 14%.

housemusicisterrible.
housemusicisterrible.

I haven't liked the "others" since they did that stuff to the Dharma initiative. Nice quote of some BS pseudoscience though.  

Roger_Murdock
Roger_Murdock

And it's "pseudoscience" because you have a specific criticism of the methodology or because it doesn't confirm your prejudices? And why so angry?

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