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James Hunt 
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Re: “Will Highway Safety Put the Brakes on Legalizing Pot in Vermont?

The ignorance and fear mongering concerning Marijuana never ceases to amaze me. We've got one officer saying, "Drugs are different than alcohol." Alcohol is a drug sir...one that impairs drivers FAR more than marijuana no matter how you want to slice it, and saying that we know more about how alcohol affects people is a feeble attempt at justifying why it's okay to have a beer but not okay to use marijuana. We have a state senator hesitant to vote for legalization because he "doesn't even know what it looks like"...isn't it his job to educate himself on the issue and make an informed decision? It's 2015, we understand that Marijuana is by any measure less harmful to the body than alcohol, the fact the one is legal and accepted while the other is not is due to decades of misinformation and antiquated and ineffectual laws. As another commenter stated above, the traffic safety issue is a bit of a red herring as well. Everybody wants to equate driving stoned with driving drunk in some way when the two are in no way alike...The fact is there is no solid information to suggest that legalizing marijuana creates an epidemic of highway safety incidents regardless of the methods used to test. I'm certainly not condoning impaired driving in any form, but this pervasive fear of stoned drivers on Vermont roadways is not a reason to resist doing the right thing...legalizing and regulating marijuana.

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Posted by James Hunt on 12/13/2015 at 9:37 PM

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