First off, let me say I have nothing against medical marijuana because I do know it helps those in need. However,recent news has made the headlines across the country about Colorado's legalized medical marijuana. How employers who
test you because they have a no-drug policy has employees crying foul. But it is legal; I have a prescription, right?
Well, sorry buddy, if you toke to relieve that ailment or whatever joke you want to call it, it does not mean you have
the right to work stoned, just like other narcotics. Federal law in commercial vehicles prohibits it along with even a
lower standard for alcohol; 0.04 for a DUI and 0.02 for DWAI, plus you cannot even have alcohol in the cab of the
vehicle while operating it. Personally, I wish they would pass a law that if you are under the use of medical
marijuana, your driver's license should be revoked until you are off it and pass a drug test. Driving is a privilege,not a right, and after pulling two different passengers out of vehicles dead because the driver was stoned, I think you
can understand why I feel this way.
I know of many people who use marijuana, including my immediate family, but I will never get into a vehicle with them
if they are driving. Marijuana stays in your system for days, and though you may have smoked it last night or last
week, I am not sure you are feeling the effects of it even days afterward. Your reaction times are significantly
slower, especially for chronic users, after years of observation.
If you want to smoke it, by all means, hardly anyone will stop you anymore, but I think congressmen (state and federal)
should take away your privilege to drive. My life is on the line out there when you're stoned, and I would prefer I do
not have to worry about it on the roads. You cannot harm anyone in your home or on foot if you want to be stoned.
Chris Jones, Bayfield