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Should DUI laws apply to marijuana?

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  Tags: law   alcohol   dui   marijuana   war on drugs

Background


Recently, a court case involved treating DUI laws to marijuana. Some say marijuana doesn't cause the same impairment as alcohol. In a recent survey, alcohol was voted to be more dangerous than marijuana (see: Is alcohol more dangerous than marijuana? 66.7% yes). Should DUI laws apply to marijuana?

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Arguments For

Yes, they should apply

Anyone caught driving "high" should be punished as much as someone driving "drunk".
An accident caused by a drug user should be no less strict than alcohol.

Arguments Against

No, they should NOT apply

Marijuana may not impair driving abilities at all.[1]
Blood evidence only measures inactive substances which may have been there for days.[1]

Sources


 1  Attorneys Say DUI Laws Shouldn't Apply To Pot Sept 9, 2009 Elliott, Steve (blogs.sfweekly.com)

User Comments & Opinion

 
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1 Voted Yes

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Yes, marijuana is "influence" as much as alcohol is. - jennyhooah (twitter) 0

1 Voted No

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I think that the attorneys make a good point (source 1). I've never seen a marijuana smoker act any worse than a cigarette/tobacco smoker. - thorie (twitter) vote up image vote down image 0
 
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