Myth Busters: Why is marijuana illegal? (10 things you need to remember while driving high)

By Christopher Rice and Shanequa Nelson

Have you seen the governments latest anti-marijuana commercials that claim “Buzzed driving is drunk driving”?

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Myth busters

Buzzed driving is not drunk driving. Weed will never turn you into a stumbling drunk. Yeah, but don’t all of the government funded independent studies show proof?

Myth busters

Science and research are solely funded by big government. One of the governments biggest hoaxes is the MRI that shows marijuana smoke killing brain cells. This MRI still shown in classrooms around the country today was conducted on reise monkeys who were denied oxygen while being forced excessive amounts of marijuana smoke via a face-mask. It was only this denial of oxygen that killed their brain cells not the marijuana smoke as seen in the MRI.

The government lies! Why does the government lie? You only need to lie when you have something to hide. What does the government have to hide? Bribes, murder, treason!

Why is marijuana illegal?

The pharmaceutical and health products industry spend more than $1.6 billion on federal lobbying, every year. Or about $1.2 million a day that Congress has been open for business. But why is marijuana illegal? The pharmaceutical and health products industry do not want to compete with a safer alternative. That grows for free in all 50 states.

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Consequences of the governments lies can be seen everywhere. Police have conducted strip searches on the side of highways, forced anal exams looking for drugs that didn’t exist plus all the fines racked up from people who’s only crime was smoking a doobie. If you get pulled over and you’ve smoked weed you will be cited for being under the influence while driving!

I’ve looked high and low, but I can’t find the disastrous consequences of marijuana use apparent anywhere other than the Drug Czar’s predictably propagandized press releases. Whenever the government claims that marijuana will cause you to crash your car, just look for the corpses. Where are they?

NORML’s Paul Armentano has prepared a scientific review of over a dozen studies evaluating marijuana’s effect on psychomotor skills and the risks posed by marijuana intoxication behind the wheel. Armentano finds that marijuana impairment is generally “subtle and short-lived,” falling far short of the threats posed by drunk driving.

Here are 10 things you need to remember while driving high:

  1. Driving. This may seem like a given, but your main focus while being high and in a car is driving. If you get distracted for even one second, this could mean the difference between life and death, a ticket, or even jail time. So drive as perfect as you can, don’t ride someone’s ass while you’re high, that’s just waiting for an accident.
  2. Speed. If you’re going to speed, don’t do it while you’re high, or while you’ve got marijuana on you. Go either the exact speed limit or a little under. The hardest time I often have while driving high is maintaining a constant speed, it should always be on your mind. Cops love to wait around school zones and pick off speeding cars. It’s so easy to just go the normal speed limit, even if it’s not that fast, but you want to go the specified speed limit, ’cause if you get caught with anything within like 1000ft. of a school that’s a felony, and we’d like to avoid those things. It’s very easy to drift off into your high zone and neglect to remember that you should be going 45 and you’re only going 20.
  3. Stop signs. Stop signs are a menace to all stoners under the influence. Sure, they might seem innocent, but it’s easy to not see one, or forget that you stopped at one five minutes ago and are still sitting there. I know I’ve had this happen on a number of occasions, I’ll be having an intense discussion with a friend, and then realize 4 minutes later that I’m still sitting at a stop sign.
  4. Buses. Buses you will forget to stop for, I know I have a hard enough time stopping for them even when I’m not high. No, it’s not cause I like running over children, but it’s just one of those things that you don’t really think about until it’s too late. How often do you really have to stop for a bus? Typically once in a blue moon so you’re never really used to it. Remember, you even have to stop if the bus is on the other side of the road. (I know, it’s crazy, right?) It’s easy to forget while you’re high and that will get lots of points off your license and a ticket, or a dead kid and cops searching your car.
  5. Weather. This might seem like a big deal, but I always used to love going out and driving in the snow when I was blazed, until one day I pretty much ran off the road due to ice that froze over the road surface. I wasn’t speeding or anything, in fact, I was going slower due to the ice and snow, but not slow enough, and it was right before a turn, so my car slid when I hit the brakes. Trust me, being high is not the time to have maneuver icy and snowy road conditions. If you must go outside high while it’s snowing and icy make sure you’re going as slow as possible, even slower than the old lady in front of you. Also be careful when it is raining it’s not as bad as ice or snow, but you still have to be careful while driving high.
  6. Traffic lights. Just like them stop signs, you have to be careful of traffic lights, particularly what color they are. There are many times when you look at a light one time, it’s green, and you’re almost at the intersection, but the next time you get distracted it’s already red and you’re running the light. Something stupid and easily avoided like that could land you in jail, “Oh I’m sorry Officer, I didn’t see the red light” won’t cut it when he can see that your eyes are bloodshot and you reek of marijuana.
  7. People. People are just one of those things that you always have to keep an eye out for. Especially in parking lots and around schools. I know that when I’m walking in a parking lot I keep an eye out for crazy people, but will generally just walk across the street since I know pedestrians have the right of way and whoever hits me will owe me a few thousand or so plus medical bills. Unfortunately, other people know that too and will just walk right out in front of you, so if you’re blazed and in a parking lot, watch out for those little old ladies.
  8. Confusing Intersections. These are best to be avoided when you’re driving high. Confusing intersections are one of the easiest way to trip yourself up while under the influence, especially if you don’t drive them often. The best tip I can give you for these is to just take it slow, and if the light is red, don’t go, or if you have a stop sign, take a minute (I said a minute, not five minutes) to scope it out so you know where you’re going. Something to especially look out for is turning into unfamiliar parking lots, or places off of the road, ’cause a lot of times you’ll end up missing actual turning spot and taking a short cut in the grass or in a ditch. Sometimes they’re just too hard to see, especially at night.
  9. Other cars. The biggest problem with driving high is you just don’t know what anyone is going to do, especially with all these crazy sober people driving around. If anyone hits you while high, you better sober up fast, because when you or them file the accident report with the police and they found out you’re under the influence that will automatically set you up for a bad day. Granted, the cops might not notice it, but they might.
  10. Cops. Oh, did I mention cops? Yep, cops, they are your number one enemy on the road. Generally, if you’re just high, you won’t have anything to worry about. It’s a lot worse if you got something on you. Though, cops could still charge you with driving under the influence, but out of all the times I’ve been pulled over (5-6) they never have, but that’s probably due to the fact that they would need a lot of evidence to prove it in court.
  11. NOTICE: This article is in no way condoning the use of marijuana or any other mind altering substance while driving.

Source: WeedSmokersGuide, StopTheDrugWar

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