Too Stoned To Drive?

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt

Dope is legal in Washington State. To find out when reefer madness turns into vehicular mayhem, KIRO 7 Eyewitness News passed out marijuana to volunteers and put them behind the wheel to see how they are doing.

Even at four times over the legal limit, the unscientifically picked lab rats drove O.K. After additional bongs, their driving suffered a bit.

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  • Nzecowitz Nzecowitz on Feb 14, 2013

    Let's make no mistake. Marijuana is a DRUG. And quite a powerful one at that, and much more powerful than many people (if not most) give it credit for. If you really want to take your chances with an intoxicated state, 5000 lbs, and 120kmh, because you just can't bare to do it sober, then you're probably an idiot. But that is no excuse. Choosing NOT to drve high is the smart, proactive thing to do. An accident just might ruin weed for you—a fate worse than death!

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    • DenverMike DenverMike on Feb 14, 2013

      It's not a question of whether it's a good idea to drive impaired vs sober, but you can (apparently, thanks to the video) drive high on pot at up to 4X the legal limit without being physically impaired. I'm still not recommending it, but I'm also not recommending texting, eating, putting on makeup, changing, and a bunch of other things you shouldn't do behind the wheel including driving drowsy and arguing with someone (whether in the car or on the phone). You also shouldn't day dream, as I've found out, but the problem is we live in a car culture while at the same time, a social drinking culture. As much as we try to keep those two worlds apart, life happens... But then if we give people the choice of another "Drug" other than alcohol, (which would more than likely decrease the sale of alcohol dramatically), we would exchange one "Drug" that makes people think they're OK to drive (if not super human) when they're definitely not for a "Drug" like marijuana, that you can be totally high on (just not totally baked) and drive just fine, and actually, as relatively safe as driving high on pot is, it's absolutely one of the last things you feel like doing. We made a choice long ago and we're living with it everyday.

  • RatherhaveaBuick RatherhaveaBuick on Feb 14, 2013

    I'm 21 and as a teenager I drove under the influence of pot countless times. Never directly afterward, but not too long after smoking on some occasions. I can remember a few errors, but at some points it was almost relaxing on back roads. In normal street traffic I found myself wanting to get out of the car and go eat Funyuns or something, it would become stressful and I'd stop. I have had friends who had some bad incidents though. Driving drunk or "buzzed" is something I did less often, but I found that to be entirely different. There have been some real close calls with that kinda shit, and after I got a DWI that cost me quite a bit, I learned my lesson. Its totally deplorable. Driving intoxicated really isn't worth it. Although I will say smoking pot won't put you in as much danger as driving shitface drunk, its still not a good idea unless you just have to drive a quick mile back to your house to raid the fridge.

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    • RatherhaveaBuick RatherhaveaBuick on Feb 14, 2013

      @AJ Excuse me, but "AS MUCH" is the phrase I used here. Which doesn't mean NONE, it means NOT AS MUCH. Watch the video. And if you read the rest of the post you'll see that I don't condone driving intoxicated because I've literally paid the price and I've seen plenty of MADD videos and accident photos that are startling and shocking to say the least. I learned my lesson, and I respect human life, thus I don't drive while fucked up. Are you able to read the post or did you just spit out your Hate-orade all over your screen? Also, you're brutally rude and condescending tone right here is completely uncalled for and leads me to believe that you're not only irrational but hot tempered and maybe you should calm the fuck down, internet tough guy. If this is how angry you get over an online post, I wouldn't want someone like YOU driving anywhere near me because I can only imagine the extent of your road rage. Cheers. Pun intended.

  • Loser Loser on Feb 14, 2013

    "People on 'ludes should not drive"

  • Stumpaster Stumpaster on Feb 15, 2013

    Groovy. Now, let's run a similar test but as a contest between pot smokers and your usual assortment of prescription pill users thatnarebso prevalent in the left lanes of our highways.