Someone I know tried to cut down the boredom of daylong drives up and down I95 with roaches in his car – the smokeable kind. Not that the drives became any shorter, they just appeared longer. With the relaxed marijuana laws in Washington state and Colorado comes a fresh look at how to handle dopers behind the wheel. Dopes behind the wheel are easy to gauge, dopers not so much.
Says Edmunds.com Editor Carroll Lachnit (I guess that comes from “laugh not”):
“Marijuana and alcohol affect users very differently, so it doesn’t always make sense to simply lump a marijuana DUI with an alcohol DUI,” “Everyone knows that driving under the influence of marijuana is dangerous, but there’s never been a national standard in place to identify someone who’s ‘legally stoned’ the way we can identify someone who’s ‘legally drunk.’”
The NHTSA, not gunning for another fight that might detract them from their war against cell phones and distracting gadgetry, says that marijuana can impair driving performance for up to three hours after use. Even marijuana experts concede that number may be too conservative. A good night’s sleep, preferably with company, might be better than what the NHTSA recommends.
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