How Marijuana Legalization Harms Innocent Victims
Marijuana, opioids and non-alcoholic drugs are more likely to be found in drivers killed in vehicular crashes than alcohol, according to a new study released Thursday by the Governors Highway Safety Association.
The study, titled “Drug-Impaired Driving: Marijuana and Opioids Raise Critical Issues for States,” does not dismiss the danger of drunk driving. But it does find that broader legalization of recreational marijuana use and the ongoing epidemic of opioid addiction have forced a more expansive view of impaired driving. That, in turn, raises the question of what, if any sanctions are appropriate for those who drive while drugged.
Here are the numbers: in 2016, 44% of fatally-injured drivers with known results tested positive for drugs, up from 28% in 2006. More than half of these drivers had marijuana, opioids or a combination of the two in their system.
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