Like most sensible people, I try to avoid Washington DC. But NHTSA’s Call to Action meeting on March 15, 2018 compelled me to succumb with a surprising result. The meeting was called by Heidi King, NHTSA’s new Deputy Administrator (NHTSA does not yet have an Administrator) to begin a national dialogue on how to combat drug-impaired driving. I had the opportunity to meet Ms. King and Candace Lightner of We Save Lives for dinner … READ MORE
Drugged driving is a complex problem that invites simplistic solutions like, “Why doesn’t ‘science’ determine an impairment level for each drug so we can deal with them like we do alcohol?” We’ve long believed that solving our drugged driving problem requires a number of separate initiatives to deal with the various aspects of the problem. See, for example, our “Principles of DUID Victim Voices” tab on this website.
Recently we’ve partnered with We Save Lives … READ MORE
DUID Victim Voices has focused only on drugged driving, leaving the issue of legalizing impairing drugs like marijuana to others. After all, drugged driving is a serious problem regardless of whether or not marijuana is legalized. Legalization just makes it harder for states to deal responsibly with DUID.
However, we do step into the marijuana legalization issue when politicians do or say stupid things, convincing us that they may have been bought by, or at … READ MORE
Vermont’s legislature wants to be the first in the nation to legalize marijuana via legislative action, rather than the ballot box. Governor Phil Scott has pushed back based on concerns about making the drug available to children, and the effect legalization would have on highway safety.
The bill now before the legislature, H-511 is intended to alleviate those concerns, but resoundingly fails to do so.
Penalties have been added for adults providing marijuana … READ MORE
Colorado’s Governor Hickenlooper, known for his “shading of the truth” when it comes to the effects of marijuana commercialization and legalization, is at it again. This time in a video published November 22nd by MicMedia, an internet news feed favored by millennials.
Hickenlooper claimed that there has been no spike in overall marijuana use, even though licensed sales of marijuana more than doubled between 2014 and 2016 (74 tons vs. 168 tons).
He … READ MORE