If you live in a state when marijuana was just legalized......

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If you live in a state when marijuana was just legalized......

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Do you worry about the risk to you and yours on the road, from "under the influence" drivers? We have an epidemic of death from drunk drivers, and I fear we have added one more intoxicant to the list of those that can make people unfit to drive (but they will anyway, with their impaired judgement).

What is your take on this?
12/16/2012
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Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
I live in WA but I'm really not worried. People drive under the influence whether it's legal or not. I'm more worried about people using their cell phones or driving drunk. I feel they're more dangerous.
12/16/2012
T&A1987 T&A1987
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Originally posted by Lildrummrgurl7
I live in WA but I'm really not worried. People drive under the influence whether it's legal or not. I'm more worried about people using their cell phones or driving drunk. I feel they're more dangerous.
First, yes cell phones are the problem. Second, I've heard from people who've smoked pot that it makes them lethargic and less likely to drive. Obviously this isn't the case for everyone, but if that holds for the plurality of users then it isn't the worst thing. Third, following that logic, shouldn't we ban alcohol too?
12/16/2012
Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
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Originally posted by T&A1987
First, yes cell phones are the problem. Second, I've heard from people who've smoked pot that it makes them lethargic and less likely to drive. Obviously this isn't the case for everyone, but if that holds for the plurality of users ...
We tried that before. Banning alcohol just led to illegal production. And marijuana isn't banned so I don't understand what "logic" you're following.
12/16/2012
subwayrailings subwayrailings
stoned drivers actually tend to be incredibly careful and attentive
12/16/2012
Beck Beck
I don't see how there would be the worry? No matter what it's still illegal to drive under the influence of anything.
12/16/2012
Beck Beck
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Originally posted by T&A1987
First, yes cell phones are the problem. Second, I've heard from people who've smoked pot that it makes them lethargic and less likely to drive. Obviously this isn't the case for everyone, but if that holds for the plurality of users ...
When you say "I've heard" you mean you've read this somewhere? Because none of the so called "stoners" I know are lazy and lethargic. Everyone I know who smokes is a working person who continues their everyday life as normal. It's not true for everyone at all that smoking pot makes you a lazy stoner.
12/16/2012
T&A1987 T&A1987
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Originally posted by Lildrummrgurl7
We tried that before. Banning alcohol just led to illegal production. And marijuana isn't banned so I don't understand what "logic" you're following.
the logic that if people will drive high, marijuana shouldn't be legal, or because it's another intoxicant that will make the umber of intoxicated crashes go up. If the logic of "this would make intoxicated crashes go up, therefore it should be illegal" is shifted to alcohol, then alcohol should be banned as well.
12/16/2012
T&A1987 T&A1987
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Originally posted by Beck
When you say "I've heard" you mean you've read this somewhere? Because none of the so called "stoners" I know are lazy and lethargic. Everyone I know who smokes is a working person who continues their everyday life as ...
I meant that when they smoke pot it makes them want to sit around and not drive. i didn't mean they were lazy throughout the entirety of their lives, but that a side effect of smoking pot, for some people, is to make them more lethargic, or, if you prefer, relaxed while the marijuana is in their system. Just as alcohol makes different people act different ways when its in their system. If there is data contradicting this, I will read it and readjust my thoughts based on its findings. i was not saying that it turns people into 24/7 wasteheads.
12/16/2012
Sunny Meadows Sunny Meadows
I have fibromyagia, and back pain. I take different meds at different times. I can tell you that being under the influence of pain meds can make me slow when I drive. I know also know that pain influences the way I drive. So between the two i don't. Plus I think as a driver I watch the best I can for myself and for other drivers that is all we can do. There are to many verable in this life to account for them all it is impossible. To young, to old, meds, no med, medical conditions......if I keep going no one should drive.
12/16/2012
Voir Voir
No. I've driven high, the intoxication factor isn't the same while high as it is drunk. While drunk inhibitions are lost, vision blurs, judgement impaired -
High - from my experience and that of people I know - it is laziness and hunger and giggles, as well as a short attention span. But most of that attention occurs during conversation, if you pop on a movie or drive, there is something to zone out on and you focus almost mindlessly on driving. Although you're likely to find yourself going 10 mph too slow rather than speeding and swerving.

You can't really compare these two things - alcohol and weed because their affects are extremely different. Yes you are inebriated under both but stating that in a vague manner is little more than a method of swaying opinion - because really how many people are going to go research something like that just because a news reporter doesn't make it clear?
12/16/2012
married with children married with children
I live close to WA. We will see what happens.
12/17/2012
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