FACT: Driving under the influence of marijuana – like driving under the
influence of alcohol or
prescription drugs – is potentially
hazardous. As a result, it is currently illegal and will
that way even if marijuana is treated like alcohol. That said, it should be
noted that no compelling evidence suggesting that marijuana is even remotely as
problematic as alcohol when it comes to individuals driving under the influence.
In particular, marijuana has not been found to contribute
substantially to traffic
accidents, as alcohol undoubtedly does.
Whereas alcohol use tends to produce
car-handling impairment and
increase risky driving practices, marijuana use does not
substantial car-handling impairment and typically makes drivers more
This is probably why we hear about alcohol-related accidents
all the time, but rarely hear
about accidents attributed solely to
Ultimately, our society could better address the problems associated with people driving
while impaired by allowing law enforcement officials to stop spending time worrying about
adults simply using or possessing
marijuana – a drug less harmful than alcohol – and
it looking for dangerous drivers.