Stoners think driving high is safer than driving straight (wrong) and better than driving drunk (not hardly). The jokes about driving painfully slow or stopping at a green light always get big laughs at the comedy club. But, stoned driving is no laughing matter, and like drunk driving, it kills.
The American Automobile Association recently issued a damning report about the real consequences of legalization. One of the first states to legalize marijuana in 2012, Washington state has seen traffic fatalities caused by stoned drivers double from 2013 to 2014.
PopPot.org has written stories inspired by news headlines of pedestrians, motorists and bikers and bicyclists crashed into by drivers under the influence of this brain changing drug. Marijuana: Pedestrians and Cyclists Not Safe.
“A link between THC blood levels and impairment may never be
developed comparable to the relationship that exists for alcohol.
Alcohol and marijuana are very distinct in terms of chemical makeup, body metabolism, and psycho-motor impairment and therefore should not be compared. Strategies implemented to reduce alcohol-impaired driving are not likely to have the same impact on reducing drugged drivers.” — Ed Wood, DUID Victims Voices. THC is the short name for the most psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana. This information is in a 61-page summary released by the state of Washington in October.
The number of marijuana-impaired drivers rose to 75 in 2014, first year of edible sales, up from 38 in 2013.
Phillip Drum, PharmD., writes the following summary of this report: Washington’s driving data is finally coming out and it is NOT good at all. It confirms what Dr. Marilyn Huestis has been warning about for years – that marijuana impairs driving.