Marijuana Use and Driving Nearly Doubles Risk of Car Crashes Resulting in Serious Injuries or Fatalities

February 10, to be included in any law that legalizes marijuana for recreational use. The provision calls for a ban on driving with marijuana in the systems of drivers or passengers.

6 Comments

  • By JJustin, February 14, 2012 @ 6:21 am

    A study done by a “big pharma” publication is not a credible source. Pharmaceutical companies will lose hundreds of millions of dollars when patients can legally use a safer alternative. Why waste your resources on cannabis when our children are commonly prescribed and abuse legal meth (adhd meds) and painkillers kill 15000 people a year. Just face it the evidence that marijuana is anywhere near as dangerous as other legal and illegal drugs doesnt exist

  • By National Families in Action, February 15, 2012 @ 8:43 pm

    To JJustin
    We are not sure what a “big pharma” publication is. The BMJ, formerly named the British Medical Journal, is a scientific journal published by the British Medical Society, an organization of doctors practicing medicine throughout the U.K. You can learn more about the journal at its website and at Wikipedia here. If you were injured in an automobile crash or contracted a serious disease like HIV/AIDS, we are almost sure you would be grateful for the doctors who treated you and the pharmaceutical drugs that healed you or prolonged your life. Perhaps you’ll want to think twice before bashing the medical and pharmaceutical industries who do so much to keep us healthy and save our lives.

  • By JJustin, February 22, 2012 @ 2:17 am

    The website says they are in a partnership with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and pharmaceutical advertising is one of their sources of revenue. Considering medical cannabis is a threat to the drug companies that provide revenue to BMJ and doctors who prescribe their products I don’t think it is credible source. Would they publish a study of the risks of driving on painkillers? I appreciate the good that the medical and pharmaceutical industries do for us but unfortunately many of their products are abused and much more dangerous then marijuana. The war on cannabis is a waste of money, I suppose your biggest supporters are industries that are worried about their pocketbook shrinking (including drug cartels) once hemp and marijuana are legally available.

  • By National Families in Action, February 22, 2012 @ 8:35 pm

    Reply to JJustin’s February 22 comment:

    You ask if the BMJ would publish a study on the risks of driving on painkillers. The journal has done even better than that. Recently it published an analysis titled “Facing up to the prescription drug crisis.” It summarizes the article this way: “Deaths resulting from prescription opioids tripled in the United States between 1999 and 2007 and are also increasing in many other countries, including the United Kingdom. Irfan A Dhalla, Navindra Persaud, and David N Juurlink describe how this situation developed and propose several ways to reduce morbidity and mortality from opioids.”

  • By maxwood, February 29, 2012 @ 1:18 am

    cs “suggesting” a role of marijuana use in increasing traffic accidents may be skewed by a currently existing condition of prohibition, namely that inside the car is more often seen as the safest place to escape being observed using cannabis, so before, during and after driving is chosen over other times and places. After legalization, there would be less incentive to schedule one’s cannabis use around car driving.

  • By Duelix Fortuna, December 17, 2012 @ 7:03 pm

    Driving with a blood alcohol content at the legal limit triples the risk of accident.

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