It is commonly believed that driving while high is much safer than driving while drunk. But new research is showing a darker side to the popular conviction that driving while stoned is no big deal.
With California and several other states legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes and some states now moving to legalize pot even for recreational use, studies are being conducted as to the affect marijuana has on one’s ability to drive. Some studies indicate that operating a motor vehicle while stoned can be just as dangerous if not more so than being DUI for alcohol. However, it is a matter of debate as to exactly how much pot one must consume to impair the ability to safely get behind the wheel. Apparently fatal car accidents involving narcotics use (including marijuana) have seen a sharp spike in the last 10 years according to this article. It will be interesting to see how technology develops to determine the legal levels of intoxication.
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