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Prisoners of the War on Drugs.

In article <464@twigger.win-uk.net>,
Mel Rowing <rowing@twigger.win-uk.net> wrote:
>Has anybody got any information or has anything been published regarding the
>effect of cannabis on driving performance ?

I have this, from the "Marijuana Myths" document written by Paul
Hager of the Hoosier Cannabis Re-legalization Coalition.  He used
to post to talk.politics.drugs regularly, but I haven't seen much
from him recently.

    6. Legal marijuana would cause carnage on the highways

            Although marijuana, when used to intoxication, does impair
    performance in a manner similar to alcohol, actual studies of the
    effect of marijuana on the automobile accident rate suggest that
    it poses LESS of a hazard than alcohol.  When a random sample of
    fatal accident victims was studied, it was initially found that
    marijuana was associated with RELATIVELY as many accidents as
    alcohol.  In other words, the number of accident victims
    intoxicated on marijuana relative to the number of marijuana
    users in society gave a ratio similar to that for accident
    victims intoxicated on alcohol relative to the total number of
    alcohol users.  However, a closer examination of the victims
    revealed that around 85% of the people intoxicated on marijuana
    WERE ALSO INTOXICATED ON ALCOHOL.  For people only intoxicated on
    marijuana, the rate was much lower than for alcohol alone.  This
    would suggest that legal marijuana would not pose as serious a
    hazard as legal alcohol.

            NOTE: We of the HCRC believe that DUI laws pertaining to
    driving under the influence of alcohol should apply to driving
    under the influence of marijuana.  We believe in the RESPONSIBLE
    USE of marijuana, NOT IRRESPONSIBLE ABUSE.

    6)      For a survey of studies relating to cannabis and highway
            accidents see "Marijuana, Driving and Accident Safety", by
            Dale Gieringer, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, ibid.

The "ibid." apparently refers back to "Vol 20(1), Jan-Mar 1988".

Tim.
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Tim Goodwin   | "Forget the mystical level numbers." -- Henry Spencer

Original headers:

From: tim@pipex.net (Tim Goodwin)
Newsgroups: uk.politics,talk.politics.drugs
Subject: Re: Prisoners of the War on Drugs.
Date: 26 Jan 1996 11:11:09 GMT
Organization: Unipalm PIPEX
Message-ID: <4eacsd$esc@wave.news.pipex.net>
References: <4e2igk$6oh@sun4.bham.ac.uk> <464@twigger.win-uk.net>

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