Marijuana users are dangerous drivers, report finds
Even when sober, some heavy marijuana users are dangerous drivers, a new study suggests.
The bad driving appears to be isolated to those who started using pot before age 16, researchers reported Tuesday in Drug and Alcohol Dependence. The theory is that early marijuana use changes the brain, leaving people more impulsive and more apt to make rash decisions.
In the new study, which tested participants in a driving simulator, researchers from McLean Hospital in Boston found that sober cannabis users who started using the drug in their teens had more accidents, drove at higher speeds and cruised through more red lights compared to people who had never used marijuana....
I remember hearing once that there was a proposal to put LSD intomthe drinking water systems in the US as an effort to curb violence and chemically induce peace. Whomever proposed this must have been using it himself, as ridicuolus as it seems from a more sane perspective.
Marijuana legalization seems along those same lines. Ignoring the obvious brain damage, well proven by numerous studies as well as the stories many of us can tell, it's today considered to be the new "safe" recreational drug of choice.
Both give a much greater leverage to those in power to control the masses of users. No bad idea in Washington DC ever completely disappears, but tends to reappear some time after the majority have forgotten it. Same must be true in state capitols.