We live within days of denial, it’s everywhere that it shouldn’t be, like in the making of regulations.
One topic where evidence appears elusive is the attempt to prove or disprove that recreational cannabis legalization will lead to more impaired driving.

Now, you’ll never hear me say that driving while under the influence of anything is wise. But as someone who was a recreational cannabis user and who doesn’t have a driver’s license, I shudder to think that this kind of fear tactic will influence future regulation for me and the millions of others who don’t even drive. What are these deniers trying to gain here? Is their end-game to slow or stop legalization of this safe plant?

The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) has decided to be the latest to raise the red flag of fear where this is concerned, and just as our legalization task force readies itself to present a report at month’s end.

The thing is, the CAA may have opened up a can o’ worms it didn’t expect. Kind of like when Dr. Lester Grinspoon attempted to prove cannabis was a danger to health and kind of like when Sanjay Gupta looked closer at cannabis and seizures. They all realized that evidence proves them wrong.

In 1971 Grinspoon wrote the much praised “Marihuana Reconsidered” and, in 2013, Gupta began the first of three amazing documentaries titled WeedWeed 2, and Weed 3 and still bureaucrats and governments say, “Evidence? What evidence?”

Out of this can climbs a 2015 study that has been called “the most precisely controlled study of its kind yet conducted.” Organized by the National U.S. Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this 20 month, 10,000 participant study found no “significant increased risk of crash involvement from cannabis use.” Another wiggles out, this one from 2010 deemed “the largest population-based study involving nine European Union countries” where the risk for cannabis impairment was deemed “not statistically significant.”

When I speak on this topic, I am all about questions with few answers. However, it is a fact that new users feel stronger impairment than regular and experienced users. This is one way that I dare say the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s recommendation to cap THC levels for new users may help us out. With THC being the only psychoactive compound in the plant, it goes to reason that controlling its levels will deter impairment from the source.

When Irvin Rosenfeld gets his tin of pre-rolled doobies from the U.S. Federal Government each month, it has no driving impairment warnings on it. In the documentary “In Pot We Trust,” you can see Irvin smoking a doobie like a cigarette as he drives down the road. He doesn’t feel impaired, he feels medicated. The stresses and stiffness, the pain and traumatic memories aren’t clawing him when he’s medicated. Similarly, I look at patients with Parkinson’s, any form of Palsy, Tourettes, or stutters — when medicated they are most definitely better drivers because they have no tremors or spasms!

Anxiety meds are fine to drive on, but CBD-only strains impair me? CBD is an anxiolytic drug that is replacing all kinds of antidepressants and benzos on the daily with few to no negative side effects.

In the end, I pray that we be real about this or we’re going to effectively ground thousands of people from driving and living active lives. Is this what the CAA wants?  Don’t they profit from insuring drivers? Fewer drivers means fewer insured subjects and that’s bad for their bottom line. Of course if their motivation is to keep legalization from happening, they can simply take a seat. The train to Legalizationville has lost its breaks.

  • bob

    KEY WORD IN ALL THAT IS ”INSURERS”…….ANY WAY THEY CAN AVOID PAYING ON A CLAIM IS THE FOCUS OF INSURANCE COMPANIES….INSURANCE AND AMBULANCE CHASING LAWYERS ARE THE BANE OF OUR SOCIETY NOW[[[ESPECIALLY IN THE US]]]..AS THEY CREATE ANY EXCUSE SO THEY CAN AVOID PAYNG OUT A CLAIM…BUT ARE HAPPY TO PAY OUT BANKS AND THIER OTHER ASSOCIATED BUSINESSES AND THEN RAISE OUR RATES WHILE REDUCING THIER EXPOSURE….

    INSURANCE FOR ME ON MY COMMERCIAL FARM HAS RISEN 10FOLD IN 30 YEARS AND I HAD ONE CLAIM FOR A COLLAPSED GREENHOUSE

    THE NEXT YEAR I WAS INFORMED MY RATES HAD GONE UP AND MY GREENHOUSE WOULD NO LONGER BE COVERED..

    I QUIT PAYING INSURANCE THEN SO I HAVE SAVED …..125000 DOLLARS…..BUT OF COURSE IF YOU HAVE A MORTGAGE YOU MUST HAVE INSURANCE PAYABLE TO THE BANK….SO YOU PAY TO COVER THIER ASS….HAHAHAHA

    WE GIVE THEM MONEY TO ASSIST US IN TIMES OF TROUBLE AND WHEN WE HAVE THAT NEED OF THIER ASSISTANCE THEY DO EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE BY TRYING TO WEASEL OUT OF THIER COMMITMENT….

    ANYONE WHO HAS HAD TO DEAL WITH WCB OR ANY INSURANCE COMPANY FOR THAT MATTER CAN ATTEST TO THIER COMPLETE LACK OF COMPASSION AND SINGULAR FOCUS FOR NOT ASSISTING US.

    I PERSONALY HAVE TAKEN INSURANCE COMPANIES TO COURT 5 TIMES AND WON EVERY TIME AS THEY ARE LIARS AND THIEVES AND NO JUDGE WILL LISTEN TO THIER SHIT..HAHAHA HE PROBABLY HAD A RUN IN WITH THEM AT SOME TIME…

    SO OF COURSE THIER GOAL HERE IS TO HOPE THAT ANYONE WHO HAS USED MJ AT ANY TIME OR EVEN JUST HAVE THE RIGHT TO..WILL NOT BE COVERED UNDER THIER POLICY…

    OH AS A SIDE NOTE WHEN I SUED THESE COMPANIES YOU MUST NAME ALL THIER ASSOCIATED COMPANIES THAT CONTROL THEM..AND THEY ARE PRETTY MUCH ALL OWNED BY LLOYDS……

    INSURANCE COMPANIES WITH THE COLLUSION OF BANKS AND LOW LIFE LAWYERS HAVE PUSHED US INTO A PLACE WHERE WE CANNOT HAVE ANY FAITH IN THEM LIVING UP TO THIER CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENT THEY WOULD RATHER WASTE THIER MONEY ON INVESTIGATORS AND LAWYERS

    BUT I THINK WHEN BUSINESSES AND THE PEOPLE WHO MANAGE THEM ARE INHERENTLY DISHONEST THEY VIEW EVERYONE AS SUCH….

    I WONDER WHERE THEY FOUND A GROUP OF PEOPLE TO AGREE WITH THEM…POLLS ARE SUCH USELESS AND MISLEADING ……… NONE CAN BE BELIEVED..

    THE TRAIN HAS LOST ITS BREAKS??/ MAYBE IN BC BUT ELSEWHERE THE JACKBOOTS ARE STILL RUNNING THE SHOW….

    DO NOT HOPE TO HARD FOR A RESONABLE POSITION FROM THE FEDS…

    THEY STILL THINK WE ARE INCAPABLE OF MANAGING OUR LIFES WITHOUT THIER COMPASSIONATE CONTROL…HAHAHAHA

    GOT AGREE WITH THEM WE ARE STUPID ENOUGH TO KEEP PLAYING THIER GAME..

    MILLIONS OF PEOPLE HAVE SMOKED AND DRIVEN FOR DECADES AND MANY BAGS OF CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES HAVE SUFFERED….

    I SAW A WOMAN IN RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC….DRINKING COFFE..TALKING ON HER PHONE , APPLYING MAKEUP AND SMOKING A CIGARETTE IF SHE HAD AN ACCIDENT WOULD THE CIGARETTE BE AT FAULT ??? OR JUST THE DENSE PERSON SMOKING IT??/