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    Re: Should driving during or right after smoking pot be legal?

    I once drove across town in Savannah GA while massively stoned...on a motorcycle. When I got to my destination, I had no memory of the ride. None. I could have killed someone and I wouldn't have known it.

    I say NO!! to driving while stoned.
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    Re: Should driving during or right after smoking pot be legal?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    I think you may have hit the wrong button.
    I know I did.. I read the question wrong then noticed the second I hit send.
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    Re: Should driving during or right after smoking pot be legal?

    What is kind of misleading is driving sleep impaired is more dangerous than driving drunk. But that seems to be okay.

    Weed doesn't affect balance. It enhances the senses. Many of my friends and I would smoke while enjoying the road. No accidents. Careful driving if anything.

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    Re: Should driving during or right after smoking pot be legal?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    Since it appears from many arguments I've seen that pot actually has no ill or dangerous effects either to the user or any one around them and causes basically zero impairment of judgment or reflexes, shouldn't driving while high be legal? If not, why not?

    Choices will be yes, no, and I don't know.

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    That can't even pass the science test. You are burning something just like tobacco. It's going to damage your lungs eventually, it burns hot. I need to see a report that says there are zero effects. Where's your vote?
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    Re: Should driving during or right after smoking pot be legal?

    Quote Originally Posted by specklebang View Post
    Yeah, yeah, just messing with you.

    The reason you can drive on pot is that it makes the road so much more interesting that you don't want to take your eyes off it. So, you slow to about 7 mph and smell the roses.
    You do realize that someone driving too slow is almost as bad as someone driving too fast? People wanting to move the correct speed will have a tendency to want to pass, causing additional issues.
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    Re: Should driving during or right after smoking pot be legal?

    Quote Originally Posted by sookster View Post
    What is kind of misleading is driving sleep impaired is more dangerous than driving drunk. But that seems to be okay.

    Weed doesn't affect balance. It enhances the senses. Many of my friends and I would smoke while enjoying the road. No accidents. Careful driving if anything.
    Actually, several states have passed laws regarding driving while sleep impared. Tickets can be issued for it, especially truckers.
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    Re: Should driving during or right after smoking pot be legal?

    Nope, driving under the influence is just that. [just as with alcohol or other drugs]

    No texting, eating, smoking, make-up application, etc......distraction is also *under the influence*

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    Re: Should driving during or right after smoking pot be legal?

    Quote Originally Posted by GottaGo View Post
    Actually, several states have passed laws regarding driving while sleep impared. Tickets can be issued for it, especially truckers.
    They've taken it a step further [with more serious implications] for truckers. GPS units on the trucks to make sure you don't drive too long.

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    Re: Should driving during or right after smoking pot be legal?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    Here's my problem (well, one of many, lol). Every time the subject is legalization of marijuana, the pro side almost invariably compares pot to alcohol and almost always concludes that pot is actually better and safer so shouldn't our traffic and criminal laws be changed to reflect that one is just not as bad as the other?

    You're ok with non-violent people spending time in jail for such a minor thing?
    You are misrepresenting the argument, assuming that pot is less harmful this does not mean that actions while under the influence are not harmful. Even if marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol when someone is behind the wheel it is still an intoxicant and there should be laws against this reckless behavior.

    The argument is not that certain behaviors while under the influence are not harmful, but rather that the effects of the drug itself is less harmful. For example - as one drinks more and more alcohol their inhibitions and decision making ability is severely compromised, the worse off they are the more likely they are to say that they are "fine". While Marijuana may cloud judgement, it is not as severe as in the case of alcohol.

    Regardless, if one acts irresponsibly while under the influence and puts others at risk, then there is a problem, and there should be laws against this - regardless of what the substance is. If someone is using responsibly then there is no issue. It is ok to drink alcohol in a responsible setting - but when it causes other issues such as driving or violence, then there are problems. Marijuana should be held to this same standard. Punishing people for mere usage is punishing for potential crimes, if someone breaks the law while intoxicated then they need to incur the penalty for their actions, regardless of what the intoxicant is. The intoxication itself should not be criminal.
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    Re: Should driving during or right after smoking pot be legal?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    As far as you know, has anyone ever been injured or killed by a driver who was under the influence of pot? I've been told that there is not one single fatality attributable to m/j.
    This is typically in regards to the intoxicant itself. The argument is that marijuana the drug has not killed anyone (usually the assumed position is via overdose); whereas alcohol intoxication has and does cause deaths via overdose.

    Actions that are indirect effects of the drug are a different story. Another misunderstanding or misrepresentation of the argument it seems.
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