Legalizing marijuana for recreational use is among the most significant news items to come out of Colorado in recent years. Voters approved the measure in 2012 and dispensaries were allowed to legally sell pot at the beginning of this year. Now that this law is in full effect, people around the state must also deal with some of the negative consequences: The possibility of more drivers who get behind the wheel after consuming marijuana.
Just like alcohol-related impairment, it's illegal to drive while under the influence of pot. In fact, the state of Colorado has set the legal limit for THC (the active drug in marijuana) at 5 nanograms per milliliter of blood.
Driving under the influence of marijuana shows a disregard for the safety of others on the road. Using marijuana safely is legal, but it shouldn't jeopardize the safety of others. If people must get from place to place under the influence of the drug, they should find a safe alternative to driving on their own.
The effects of driving under the influence of pot are already being seen after legalization. In fact, a 23-year-old man was recently involved in a car accident with two police cruisers. At the time of the crash, the police vehicles were both pulled to the side of the road.
After some investigation, police suspected that the man was high. As a result, they arrested him and booked him on DUI charges.
Thankfully the police officers weren't seriously or fatally injured in this particular incident, but it serves as a valuable reminder for drivers throughout the state. If a person is going to partake in marijuana consumption, he or she must also accept the responsibility that comes along with doing so.
Source: The Washington Times, "Colorado cop cars hit by driver they say was high on marijuana," Cheryl Chumley, Jan. 13, 2014