Drivers high on weed test their driving skills

Edible Napalm

Powers are for the weak.
#1
Three drivers, plenty of pot, a driving course and a drug recognition expert from the local Sheriff's department. You know where this is going.
Three drivers from Washington state — where, last November, citizens voted to legalize recreational marijuana use — were recently asked to smoke up to (and, in one case, significantly more than) a gram of pot to provide insight on the drug's effects on driving abilities. The smokers were on a closed course, accompanied by a driving instructor, and observed by a member of the local law enforcement trained to spot drivers operating vehicles while under the influence.
The exercise is far from scientific (employing just three "test subjects" who varied in age and pot-smoking habits) but it's interesting and relevant — not just because of Washington's newly passed legislation, but also in light of several recently published studies on the effects of driving while high.
A 2009 review published in the American Journal of Addiction concluded that driving high is likely less dangerous than driving drunk, and a recent investigation by the Institue for the Study of Labor found that the legalization of medical marijuana in the United States has been linked to a dramatic decrease in traffic fatalities. That said, a study published last year in the British Medical Journal concluded that smoking pot within few hours of driving is still associated with a nearly two-fold risk of being involved in a serious car crash; as the video up top makes perfectly clear: driving stoned is still driving impaired.
We'd love to see this experiment repeated on a larger scale, with control (i.e. non pot-smoking) groups and blind assessments from the trained law enforcement (it's easy to say you'd pull someone over when you know the point of the exercise is to have habitual pot smokers get ripped out of their minds and have a go at a technical driving course).
http://io9.com/5985001/drivers-high-on-weed-test-their-driving-skills
 

Gorilla Pimp

Popped a molly i'm sweatin, WOO
#3
I drive great when I'm high. I drive all careful and slow and shit.
 
#4
Am I just high or did they not give any kind of results with the 3 drivers sampled?
 

MetalBender

I like fistables.
#5
Never had an accident stoned but I hit a parked car and one spinning out in front of me on ice straight. Come to think of it I'll go down a dozen times a day riding single track straight and maybe once or twice a day stoned. All my speeding tickets I got straight too.

Jesus I need to get baked.
 

Sunsetspawn

Registered User
#7
Am I just high or did they not give any kind of results with the 3 drivers sampled?
Nothing you couldn't have guessed.

At 3/10ths of a gram for each driver they were all at least 5x over the legal limit and did fine.

At 9/10ths of a gram for each driver the stoner chick still did pretty well. If anything I would still say that her ovaries were more of a problem at that point.

They let her smoke way more than that and eventually she had a hard time.
 
#9
Nothing you couldn't have guessed.

At 3/10ths of a gram for each driver they were all at least 5x over the legal limit and did fine.

At 9/10ths of a gram for each driver the stoner chick still did pretty well. If anything I would still say that her ovaries were more of a problem at that point.

They let her smoke way more than that and eventually she had a hard time.
More than 9/10th of a gram for a regular user should be a big enough dose that consuming more if smoked should not make much of a difference. You really can only get so high when smoking, now hash, extractions or edible pot are things that should make you too high to drive.
 
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