There have been contradictory public opinions about whether marijuana should be legalized or not.
In recent years, there has been a dramatic shift in the public opinion in support of legalizing marijuana. According to a nationwide study conducted by The Pew Research Center in 2015, around 53 percent of respondents supported the legalization of marijuana, while around 44 percent were against legalizing marijuana. This is compared to a 2006 study, where 32 percent were in favor of marijuana legalization, while 60 percent thought the use of marijuana should be made illegal.
Some states are considering legalizing marijuana. The changing landscape of marijuana law enforcement have fueled fresh debates about how legalizing the use of this drug would affect the country’s crime rates and how the laws regarding driving under the influence of drugs should be amended. Currently, the majority of states have strict laws against drug impaired driving. This means that if you drive after smoking marijuana, you could be fined or face jail time. Because marijuana stays in the blood for a long time, driving even hours after using marijuana could be problematic. Over the past few years, a number of studies have been conducted to find out whether smoking marijuana increases the risk of car accidents.
An Increased Risk of Car Accidents?
Some studies have concluded that drivers under the influence of Marijuana are more susceptible than the average driver to cause a car accident, while others have found that whether marijuana use would lead to a car crash often depends on the age of the intoxicated driver.
While many studies made an attempt to determine the effects of marijuana use on accident risks, the results have not been conclusive. Laboratory studies have found that marijuana users are more prone to car crashes, but secondary researches on crash-data do not completely support that view. Some studies concluded that the use of marijuana could double the risk of car crashes, while others did not find any connection between the use of marijuana and car accidents.
Driving Under the Influence
It is always better to avoid driving under the use of any substance – be it alcohol or marijuana. There is no better way to ensure your safety on the road than by following the principles of defensive driving. Drive carefully, responsibly, and follow traffic rules. Understand that when you choose to drive under the influence of drugs, you not only risk your own life but also endanger the lives of your fellow passengers and other people on the road.
Car Accident Lawyer Chicago
If you are involved in a car accident with someone driving under the influence of alcohol or marijuana, seek legal assistance from an expert Chicago auto accident lawyer. Call Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166 for a free consultation.