This week the Cannabis Industry Association (CIA) presented its report to Congress extolling marijuana’s tax and employment benefits, its use to combat the opioid crisis, the industry need for access to banking services, and putting its own spin on some of the problems caused by marijuana: crime, use by minors, and highway safety. One page was devoted to marijuana-impaired driving. We leave it to others to critique the bulk of the report. We will summarize below only … READ MORE
Colorado’s Republican Representative Polly Lawrence and Democratic Representative Jonathan Singer sponsored a request to the State’s Legislative Council to form in interim study committee to consider new evidence on DUID, and to determine if that evidence demonstrated a need for legislation in the 2019 regular legislative session.
They garnered the support of an additional 33 Representatives from both parties to augment their request. That’s a total of 35 of the 65 Representatives in the State.… READ MORE
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