• Sep 27, 2010
Opponents to California's Proposition 19, otherwise known as the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010, argue that if the measure passes on November 2, 2010, the roads will become more dangerous. USA Today quotes No on Proposition 19 spokesman Roger Salazar as saying "there won't be anything to stop anyone from legally finishing off a couple joints before getting behind the wheel."

Proponents point to the provisions in the law upholding current laws prohibiting driving under the influence, but Salazar's group notes a lack of clarity. While the proposal has provisions for the establishment of restrictions, opponents argue that there are no actual standards to determine impairment by marijuana like there is for blood-alcohol concentration.

Law or no, there currently isn't a way to stop clandestine cannabis use prior to driving, and police departments are burning tax revenue to enforce current drug laws. Federal drug laws remain in place, however, and will be in direct opposition to Proposition 19 if voters approve it. The uproar may be a new wrinkle to the Reefer Madness argument, though voters eying new sources of tax revenue may find the monetary potential more compelling.

[Source: USA Today | Image: What-A-Bong.com]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd like to add that most DUI/DWI laws already cover drugs other than alcohol... so this post makes no sense. If they are only complaining about no road-side tests being available, well, that's another matter all together.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Haha, please tell me it was coincidence you guys posted this at 4:20pm.
        • 4 Years Ago
        HAHAHAHAA! Nice catch!
      • 4 Years Ago
      making grass legal is the worst thing america could do.far too many people will be stoned an a daily basis and far too many young people. if for some reason me or my family is injured or killed in an accident due to the other driver being stoned, if iam not killed i will hunt you and your family down, and you will pay the price.
      that is a promise
      • 4 Years Ago
      Doesn't everyone smoke pot in the car already? give me a freaking break. This would not create some kind of new phenomenon.

      Most wrecks involve alcohol. I'd rather have forgetful or slow drivers on the road than aggressive drivers who can't control the car and sometimes can't even see the road properly.

      Legalize it. Alcohol is far worse.
      And you can still bust someone for being high while driving; just like you can bust someone for drinking while driving... or being hopped up on their perscription vicodin.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, most wrecks do not involve alcohol. More than weed I expect, but not most wrecks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How will this be different than the current situation of operating a vehicle (or heavy machinery) under the influence of prescription drugs?
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Prescription drugs aren't taken because of the high involved."

        Clearly you have no idea what you're talking about. I know more people who take prescription drugs for the high than ones who have a script from a doctor. Of course they're not supposed to, but nobody's supposed to be smoking pot for the high either.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Um...newsflash: Prescription drugs aren't taken because of the high involved. Just because drugs are labelled drugs, doesn't mean they're all fun fun fun for recreational use.

        I love the insight by kiddies on this site.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This post has been up for 5 minutes and nobody has yet posted "I drive better stoned"?
      News flash, you don't drive better stoned, you are just so messed up you don't realize how bad you really are driving.

      Without proper in field testing testing for pot, no way it should be legalized.

      I personally don't want my family members or loved ones getting hurt by stoned drivers and then getting away with it because there is no testing.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Are you assuming that legalizing the sale and possession of this drug somehow make it exempt from DUI/DWI laws?

        I can legally get pie-eyed drunk, I cannot legally drive a car in that condition.
        • 4 Years Ago
        GreenDragon: Careful blowing up one case into a rule.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So you are upset that no one has said something so you can rebut it?

        I don't smoke it but we should legalize it and tax it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        if your stoned and driving go directly to jail, do not pass go, do not collect $200. there ya go.
        of course if you can manage not to have the officer think your stoned, then well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You obviously have never smoked in your life
        • 4 Years Ago
        Unfortunately, the studies are not on your side on this one. Real world studies conducted in the US, UK and Australia all show no significant influence of marijuana use on the likelihood of getting in an accident.

        Some simulation-based studies have demonstrated statistically significant impairment but only comparable to a BAC level of 0.8. Cannabis intoxication slightly reduces reaction time but it also reduces the average driving speed and decreases the effects of road rage. The latter effects seem to cancel out the former.

        Believe what you want, but science in on the side of the stoners in this case. Fair warning: I drive high regularly, but I will stop if I discover a change in the scientific consensus.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You would have to have smoked pot for there to be any basis for that comment.
      zonka
      • 4 Years Ago
      Marijuana is a natural plant with medical uses. We the people will decide this issue not some beer distributer or goody two shoes.
      jim
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would rather be driving with stoners going 20mph than drunks going 120mph.
      • 4 Years Ago
      this sort of argument is silly since we all can make the same argument but replace weed with alcohol, prescription drugs, etc.

      Things are going to happen regardless of whether or not something is illegal

      Personally the epidemic of prescription pill abuse is FAR more dangerous as far as driving fatalities than those that have smoked weed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, if everyone else gets an opinion:

      Legalize it,
      Grow it domestically,
      Tax the crud out of it,
      Convince China to legalize it,
      Export approximately 2-bajillion pounds to China,
      Kiss trade deficit goodbye.
        • 4 Years Ago
        and then labor costs in china will increase, because then everyone there will be high and lazy and less productive, so cheap "made in china" products will become less "cheap" to make. lol.
      • 4 Years Ago
      cause i mean...THANK GOD there are no drunk drivers on the road now since its illegal!
      legalize it
        • 4 Years Ago
        Marilize legajuana now.......and pass me the chips!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm for its legalization but I don't like the governmental mindset of:

        1.) "we don't allow you to do it at all" or 2.) "fine, we'll allow you to do it so long as we can tax and regulate it"....

        People tend to think that the main incentive for doing away with prohibition was the criminal activity that ensued following its passage. That had some influence, but the main reason then, and the biggest case most state legislators are using for it now is the steady income that will come from taxing and regulating it. There is a good case to plug state budgets via sin taxes (candy, liquor, marijuana, tanning, tobacco), but there is something annoying about saying you tax the public on these things because it promotes a healthier society, and then develop a strong dependency built up on people engaging in these unhealthy behaviors.

        I want the right to grow it on my own, legally and unlicensed, and have the right to sell it to any other adult I so choose to, untaxed!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Let me just say first, I've never used drugs nor do I advocate drug use. Now if drugs were legalized I don't see how being stoned is any different than driving under the influence? I mean alcohol is legal but not everyone driving is drunk?

        If you under the influence of anything you should not be driving and there are laws against that.

        Drugs in Portugal: Did Decriminalization Work?

        http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1893946,00.html
      • 4 Years Ago
      legalize it, everywhere..imo its your choice to do it or not. And like many others have said, if you know that it affects you that much, chances are your not going to be getting in a car anytime soon; let alone find your keys.
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