It is fairly common knowledge that driving under the influence of alcohol is not only illegal and dangerous, but also stupid. Unfortunately there are a fair number of people who believe that although they can’t drive drunk they can drive stoned out of their mind.

This too is illegal, dangerous and stupid. Driving under the influence of any mind altering substance is akin to surrendering your common sense, your dexterity, your ability to think clearly and your humanity.

There is no safe way to drive stoned. It might seem like just a “joint” to you, but once the marijuana enters your system you are “under the influence” of a serious narcotic that impairs your ability to operate a vehicle.

If you doubt this, there are a plethora of research studies which prove it, including a recent one from scientists at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, who report that those who use cannabis within three hours of driving are twice as likely to cause a crash than those who have not. This latest research took information from nine studies involving more than 50,000 people from around the world, all of whom had been involved in serious crashes.

The research about the ill-health effects of the use of marijuana have been decidedly mixed. Some say it is bad for you, others say it isn’t. But this research seems to present irrefutable evidence that cannabis makes you more likely to have a serious crash.

Let’s face it, how you choose to live your life and what you choose to do to let loose are up to you, but when you get behind the wheel of a 4,000 pound missile made of plastic, glass and steel, you are not just responsible for yourself any more, but for everyone who is sharing the road with you. So do yourself (and them) a favor and wait until the buzz goes away, and you come back down from your high, before you get behind the wheel.

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