The Legalization of Marijuana
In recent years, Washington, D.C. and 10 states have legalized recreational use of cannabis, also known as marijuana. In these states, it is legal to consume the product and carry up to a certain amount (i.e. one ounce). For some states, growing plants at home is also legal, but refer to local law before doing so. While marijuana should be legal for adults 21+ nationwide, there are quite a few things to pay attention to, such as driving. Drugged driving is a major issue in the United States, causing unexpected individuals fines and jail time. Simply put, don’t smoke marijuana then drive. As of November 2018, the locations where cannabis can be used legally are:
- Washington, D.C. (U.S. Capital)
The Effects on Operating a Vehicle
Although marijuana can be safely consumed at home, a handful of people have a misconception of driving while high. According to the U.S. Government, 2-5 ng/mL of THC can cause substantial driving impairment. And, even more so in occasional smokers. While on cannabis, a driver is two-fold likely to have an accident. Although high drivers tend to drive slower due to the drug, the control deteriorates, especially in increasingly complex situations. Research has shown that the effects include:
- Cognitive Impairment
- Diminished Perception of Vehicle Controls
- Divided Attention
- Poor Lane Positioning or Weaving
- Reaction Time Reduction
Not surprisingly, using alcohol with marijuana increases the likelihood of an accident even higher. This can cause a driver to have worse lane control and slower reaction times, while driving faster due to alcohols diminishing effect on fear.
Driving High Isn’t Worth It!
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Simply put, driving high isn’t worth it! Don’t smoke marijuana and drive! While marijuana may be legal in D.C. and 10 states, each of these locations enforces drugged driving laws. This means that if you’re caught high on marijuana operating a vehicle, you may be arrested or fined. Is it really worth it? Definitely not. Simply place an order online for food via one of the modern ordering apps. This way, you can relax at home while the carrier brings your munchies supplies. Overall, marijuana legalization is a positive move forward, but only if humans respect it, just like alcohol and other impairing drugs.
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