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Ed Wood 
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Re: “Will Highway Safety Put the Brakes on Legalizing Pot in Vermont?

Until we learn how to identify, prosecute, and keep stoned drivers off the road, no state should legalize another intoxicant. Marijuana impairment is unlike alcohol impairment in many ways, so tools useful for alcohol impairment are ineffective for marijuana impairment. In this sense, writer Eli has it right. The problem is made worse by public misunderstanding the science behind impairment. For example, writer Laughlin's referencing http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24411797 to say it proves cannabis does not increase the risk of fatality is flat out wrong. Failure to find a link is not the same as finding there is no link, particularly when using a tool (FARS) that was never designed to measure DUID, as NHTSA pointed out last year. Marijuana impairment is less pronounced than alcohol impairment, but it still harms and kills people. Scientific studies prove this, but so do the victims of impaired drivers who confessed their guilt to driving under the influence of marijuana. Burying your head in the sand will not make the facts go away!

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Posted by Ed Wood on 12/10/2015 at 5:23 PM

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