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SEATTLE (CBS Seattle) – According to a recent study, fatal car crashes involving pot use have tripled in the U.S.
“Currently, one of nine drivers involved in fatal crashes would test positive for marijuana,” Dr. Guohua Li, director of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia, and co-author of the study told HealthDay News.
Researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health gathered data from six states – California, Hawaii, Illinois, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and West Virginia – that perform toxicology tests on drivers involved in fatal car accidents. This data included over 23,500 drivers that died within one hour of a crash between 1999 and 2010.
Li reported in the study that alcohol contributed to about 40 percent of traffic fatalities throughout the decade.
The researchers found that drugs played an increasing role in fatal traffic accidents. Drugged driving accounted for more than 28 percent of traffic deaths in 2010, which is 16 percent more than it was in 1999. [read more]
Legalization of marijuana for medical purposes is an idea whose time is long overdue; but by prescription, regulated by the state and distributed through pharmacies. Blanket legalization or so-called “medical marijuana” dispensaries, such as California now has, is a fatal mistake.
Do a few Buds before bed on Sunday night and you’ll more than likely show up to work sober Monday morning.
But do some bud Sunday night and, well, beware motorists: do a lap around the beads before heading out on the road Monday mornings.
And bud smokers will show up stoned for work or school, assuming they don’t opt out for a munchies day. Yes, yes, this can all happen in states where marijuana is still illegal but it’s a math problem, figure it out—increased access will create higher highway casualties, work-related accidents, and lower student and worker productivity.
I’ll argue that decriminalizing marijuana is a good idea; marijuana smokers should not go to prison simply for being marijuana smokers. But legalization will open a Pandora’s box of societal nightmares.
As a regular guy and former liberal radical, I speak not without considerable experience on this subject.
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