[QUOTE=What if...?;1059618741]Many people who use pot to manage chronic pain and other conditions cite this, that the side effects of prescription medications were unacceptable.
I've seen "studies" that "determined" that pot has no measurable pain relieving effects. But those who use it for this clearly state that it doesn't block or reduce pain so much as "distance" it. Push it out of primary attention.[QUOTE]
That is the experience of my friend. She was put on Vicodin for a neck injury and after a few days, noticed her heart rate was greatly effected, causing her to think she might have a heart attack. After the doctor took her off of it, the symptom subsided, but she was left in pain. Eventually, she obtained her medical marijuana card and is able to function without so much pain.
As to the OP, after reading the article, it would seem law enforcement will have to stick to impairment as the standard of whether someone is suitable to drive or not. At least until research catches up. I don't see how someone can smoke it and get safely behind the wheel of a car any more than if they drank.
I do not smoke pot. I can't, it makes me severely nauseous, ironically enough, but I wondered how medical marijuana users will be treated in various situations, like driving or getting a job. I've had pre-employment physicals where any measurable level of pot meant I didn't get the job. For people in need of pot to manage their pain, this is a problem.