Originally Posted by Pbeaul
By that logic Ajay, wouldn't it be a better idea to just ban the sale of alcohol? Wouldn't that fix most of the drunk driver problems?
Yes, it would be better, and yes, you bet your ass it would. It wouldn't make drunk driving disappear completely, so don't jump at the chance of misquoting me as if I think it would, but making alcohol illegal would get most
of our drunk drivers to stop.
And following with that same logic, making weed legal is going to make a lot of people eat their words. We're going to see a big spike in the number of weed-related car accidents. And that's why the current numbers seem to "prove" that weed doesn't affect a persons driving ability nearly as much as alcohol does.
There's no doubt in my mind that some people drive high already. But look at the number of people who actually get high, compared to the number of people who drink. There are roughly 310 million people in America, and according to the National Institute for Drug Abuse, about 3 million Americans smoke weed every day, and another 3 million smoke once a month. So around 6 million people out of around 310 million. That's about .01% - that's 1 person out of every hundred.
Conversely, according to the World Health Organization, just under 88% of Americans over age 21 drink alcohol at least once a month - that's 272.2 million Americans who drink.
272 million people in America drink alcohol at least once a month.
6 million people in America smoke weed at least once a month.
Why do the facts show that weed doesn't contribute to car accidents nearly as much as alcohol? I just can't figure it out. But maybe it's because 45 times
more people drink. Maybe.