Pot legalization would lead to more impaired driving

I’m opposed to marijuana legalization. One reason why is that virtually everyone over age 16 drives in this country, and an increase in impaired driving will inevitably result from pot legalization. A AAA study has shown this is exactly what happens.

One doesn’t have to be an Einstein to foresee this outcome, but it does call into question the intelligence and common sense of lawmakers backing legalization, including Hawaii’s pro-pot geniuses. These delusional souls back pot regulations, including laws against driving while stoned and prohibiting sales to those under 18.

Neither will work – greatly increased rates of impaired driving in Washington and other places that have legalized pot prove the first is a joke. And we’ll have as much success keeping pot out of the hands of underage youths as we do with cigarettes – zero.

Inhaling smoke of any kind is a terrible idea. Besides damaging respiratory and vascular health, smoking pot causes across-the-board impairment of cognitive functions. These deleterious effects are particularly pronounced in younger, developing minds.

I find it interesting that The Maui News chose to edit out of the story that impaired driving has soared in states like Washington since pot was legalized there, and instead focused on lawyers haggling over what constitutes being impaired. I don’t care if a driver is drunk or stoned a little or a lot. The last thing we need on our ever-more-crowded roads is impaired driving of any magnitude. No to pot legalization, including medicinal.

Jerome Kellner

Kahului