DUID: Top NIDA researchers say concern for driving high is overblown

Cannabis Patients Alliance

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Even top researchers from NIDA agree that resources would be better spent on reducing driving under the influence of alcohol than marijuana. And yet, the leadership of Colorado is doing everything it can to discourage people from having a safer option.

“Our goal is to put out the science and have it used for evidence-based drug policy,” said Marilyn A. Huestis, a senior investigator at the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “But I think it’s a mishmash.”

2007 study found that 12 percent of the drivers randomly stopped on American highways on Friday and Saturday nights had been drinking. (In return for taking part in the study, intoxicated drivers were told they would not be arrested, just taken home.)

Six percent of the drivers tested positive for marijuana — a number that is likely to go up with increased availability.

Still, it is clear that marijuana use causes…

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