Saturday, May 29, 2010

Marijuana fails to affect driving performance

Posted By on Sat, May 29, 2010 at 1:28 PM

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Among the many issues that were considered for inclusion in House Bill 1284 was the question of whether to allow patients to partake of medication on-site at the center.

Some of the arguments for on-site consumption were avoiding complications like landlords who would possibly kick tenants out for medicating in their residence; folks who didn't want to partake around their families; and those who required medical assistance due to their ailments.

Arguments against went something like, "We're worried that people will medicate, and then go kick a puppy," or something; honestly, I get confused because all I heard from Colorado legislators was, "Blah blah blah, get hammered at the bar, but may Baby Jesus damn you if you help your epilepsy ..."

Well, puppy lovers, chew on this: a study published in the medical Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, done by the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center in Hartford, CT confirms that, "under the influence of marijuana, participants decreased their speed and failed to show expected practice effects during a distracted drive."

No differences were found during the baseline driving segment or collision avoidance scenarios. No differences attributable to sex were observed.

Basically, they drove with more care.

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