Wiki leaks has released some interesting information. It appears that Alcohol companies are worried about the safety of our roads? So they have been spending lots of money on anti cannabis legislation to keep cannabis illegal, But what about drunk driving? Well according to the CDC:
“In 2014, 9,967 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. Of the 1,070 traffic deaths among children ages 0 to 14 years in 2014, 209 (19%) involved an alcohol-impaired driver.Apr 15, 2016”
I don’t really think the Alcohol companies are worried about our road and peoples safety. They are worried people will choose a different drug that is safer with less health ramifications and worried how that may effect their profit margins. That is all they are worried about.
But what does cannabis do to fatal accident on our roads? In Colorado in 2001 there was 741 fatal crashes and in 2013 there was 481. (According to forbes magazine)
Yes, it is true that more of the people in crash test positive for cannabis in their system. This is because cannabis can be detected up to 90 days after use and is not a metric for impairment. How many would test positive for caffeine I wonder? Correlation does not imply causation. This is why you need you look at the totals of crashes and not skewed stats of that the alcohol companies are using.
Showing with legalization people do end up choosing a different legal drug besides alcohol making the roads safer. Should we really let people worried about their bottom dollar influence public policy? Or should the great good for the public matter? Also look at the number of death off the roads caused by various substances and you find cannabis safer than any other drug out there and even safer than peanuts.