Yeah...that's not true. Are you just playing devil's advocate?The only effect mj has, apparently, is causing someone to drive slow.
Ok, you're definitely playing devil's advocate.Heck, since people tend to get more injured the greater the speed, couldn't the argument even be made that driving while high is actually safer?
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A Queens teenager who crashed his car on a Long Island highway last month, killing four of his friends, now faces 25 years in prison after testing positive for marijuana, authorities said Friday. The car launched into a wooded area and split in two after striking a tree. The four passengers — Darian Ramnarine, 18; Peter Kanhai, 18; Chris Kahn, 18; and Neal Rajapa, 17 — were all tossed from the car and died. Prosecutors said a blood sample, taken from Beer two hours after the crash, tested positive for marijuana.
"The sheer magnitude of this tragedy is unthinkable, and it could have easily been avoided if this defendant had simply made the right choice to drive sober and drive safely," said Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice. "Instead, we have four promising young lives cut short, another young man facing years in prison, and families that will forever be torn apart by this horrific crash."
Read more: Queens teenager Joseph Beer faces 25 years in prison for car crash that killed three friends* - NY Daily News
None of this matters though, because nothing that cannabis does to the body is comparable to what alcohol abuse does to the body. The social, health, and economic fallout from alcohol is far greater than any other drug, legal or otherwise. Since cannabis is far less harmful than alcohol, it is the reason why I think it should be legal. I thought I'd clarify that point before addressing your poll.
There should of course be legal penalties for people who drive under the influence of any mind altering substance. I would broaden this to include legal pharmaceuticals that have psychotropic impacts, such as benzodiazpines, opiates, and other anti-psychotics. If their medication label says "do not operate machinery after taking this drug", then to do otherwise is IMO illegal and should bring equivalent charges to drunk driving. People should simply not be driving if they are not able to be fully cognizant in present reality. Unfortunately, impaired driving law enforcement mainly focuses on alcohol and not the rest. If someone doesn't have alcohol in their blood and they're in an accident, then they were considered "not impaired", despite the act they may be loaded on pharmaceuticals.
The problem with pot is that there isn't yet an efficient means to test for use like there is with a breathalizer test. Cannabis can be detected in the blood stream up to a week after the last use since cannabinoids are fat-soluble molecules, and therefore it's hard to prove when a person last smoked.
I will, however, vote "no" in principle.
My philosophy is that if it isn't effecting me, I don't give a **** what you do to yourself or other consenting adults. If you're driving normal and not doing anything that would get the attention of a cop, why should I care how stoned you are?
Last edited by ChunkySalsa; 04-17-13 at 01:49 AM.