“Coalition for a SAFER ILLINOIS” said the idea of legalizing weed in Illinois was so people can buy from regulated dispensaries, rather than the black market. It’s an odd comment since none of the states that have legalized pot have gotten rid of black markets. In fact, the black markets seem to grow stronger with legalization, as everyone wants a piece of the pie.
A National Safety Report released this month shows that 76% percent of those surveyed are concerned about traffic safety under the legalization of marijuana.
Ironically, the same survey showed that 13 percent of drivers actually have driven under the influence of marijuana during the last month. Of the 2,000 plus participants, 14% were between comprised drivers ages 30-34, the largest group in the survey.
On CBS Evening News, Deborah Hersman of the National Safety Council called out people driving under the influence of marijuana and alcohol, She also mentioned states legalizing substances without adequate testing. Watch the video.
Traffic fatalities have been increasing in the last two years, to an estimated 40,000 deaths last year. The previous year a rise in deaths was led by increases in the Northwestern states. Washington, which commercialized marijuana in 2014, had the highest rate of traffic fatalities involving drivers under the influence. The rate more than doubled in 2014.
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.
In advance of Canadian National Teen Driver Safety Week – October 19-25 — SAM Canada reminds all Canadians of the dangers of driving under the influence of marijuana. SAM Canada is the Canadian chapter of Smart Approaches to Marijuana.
Frequently people state the belief that feel they are better drivers when they are high. These beliefs are perpetuated by the marijuana lobby in their quest for legitimacy, legalization and commercialization. When long-time stoners tell us this, it’s the youth who listen. Young people are only 13% of the drivers in Canada, but they account for about one quarter the traffic fatalities and injuries.