“While we wait for science to better measure impairment…”
“And now we see it in data gathered by The Denver Post’s David Migoya that shows marijuana-related traffic fatalities are on sharp rise.”
See the conflict?
Just saying marijuana use is absurdly (so inappropriately unscientifically) vague, because cannabis can be used in an enormous number of different ways due to highly dynamic effects amplification, strain variance, and different intake methods.
Cannabis is radically different from alcohol in terms of driving (and everything else).
People vaporize mild amounts of stable-feeling strains (e.g. Cheese) can drive with more driving focus, so drive safer, logically speaking.
Negative moods such as anger and being anxious can (if not does) impair driving, and mild cannabis use can offset those ‘popular’ moods to create a safer driving environment.
People use cannabis as a daily medicine, and need to commute by car. Telling them they automatically can’t drive is wrong.
Police should only stop people from driving, if they are driving improperly. The source of that improper driving should be irrelevant by law.
There have been drunk driving laws for decades. Yet drivers have their licenses suspended multiple times, and then kill someone via drunk driving anyways.
Taxpayers should not have to pay for such poor laws, which should be ironically illegal, as they clearly are mass-rights-infringing laws — and ANY rights infringement is supposed to be illegal in this country, as tragically laughable as that is, given the ample judicial results flooding against our “unalienable” right to liberty literally all throughout our national history.
Drunk drivers obviously drive poorly, so they would still be stopped under my proposed law alteration. Repeat serious offenders should be jailed, or otherwise prevented from unacceptable driving (not just license removal), as they cannot be trusted to drive anymore.
Entertaining (not lame) education is perpetually needed to simply inform the public about the risks and dangers of driving wrong. The Internet allows entertainers of all styles to conveniently share that message with trusting fans often enough. It’s time for popular entertainers to give back in this critical way (what I call responsible entertainment).
Ultimately, this is an issue of stupidity, and stupidity cannot be legislated out of existence, because stupidity exists on both sides of any law. Abusive (e.g. rights-infringing) law harms way more people than all driving violations.
If your cannabis consumption is intense and/or disorienting, don’t drive — should basically be the proper advice given throughout society in this case.
Prompting article: Op-ed: Cracking down on driving high isn’t about prohibition, but adapting public policy
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