December is Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month.
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Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) helped wake up the country to the dangers of drunk driving. They succeeded in getting laws changed, nationwide in the United States. Now that four more states have legalized marijuana, what about stoned or high driving? Driving under the influence of a drug (DUID), is this something to be concerned about or, is it, as many stoners believe, people drive better while impaired?
Marijuana Industry Taking Advantage of Opiate Problem to Entrap More People
Medical marijuana proponents have a nationwide effort to add opiate addiction to the list of conditions for medical marijuana. They aren’t just saying medical marijuana is a replacement for opiates; they are now pitching it as a medical treatment for opiate addiction. The marijuana industry’s savvy marketing campaign is bigger, trickier and even more devious than Big Tobacco and Big Pharma ever dreamed. Yet many people who get addicted to opiates were already addicted to drugs via marijuana.
Mixing marijuana with other drugs is becoming so routine that “drugged and stoned” is a new normal. Just because another person didn’t die from doing “dabs” and mixing it with Xanax doesn’t mean we shouldn’t warn our children of this dangerous practice.
The worst car accident by a driver in recent memory was caused by a driver who used both marijuana and alcohol. Driver Diane Schuler killed 8, including 5 children, in the Taconic State Parkway crash in New York on July 26, 2009. It appears that the driver was in pain. Schuler, three of her nieces, her 2-year old daughter and three men in the oncoming minivan died. Schuler used marijuana regularly to deal with insomnia. (Insomnia is a condition promoted by medi-pot advocates.)
Marijuana lobbyists try to portray marijuana customers as single drug users. Multi-substance addiction is the norm today.