| Posted on Mon, October, 6th 2014 by THCFinder
In the cannabis legal state of Washington, you would think that with the insane amount of tax revenue pouring in, there would be no one complaining about the legality of a plant. But of course, there's always going to be a problem, especially with such a new industry. Unfortunately for those in Washington, there may be a serious problem with obtaining any kind of weed in the future, whether it be recreational or medical. Thanks to the people who deem cannabis comparable to alcohol, even though the two substances aren't even in the same league.
We all know that cannabis and alcohol have a lot in common. Both have been prohibited, fought against, and gradually accepted (although weed in still working on that one). But most smart people are beginning to realize that comparing the two isn't as easy as previously thought. While newbie stoners shouldn't be toking and driving, absolutely no one should be drinking and driving. The Washington Traffic Safety Commission wants to end cannabis carrying in cars if the container is open, making things a bit tougher for patients who travel to work, school, or other places that required having cannabis in the car. The new rule would ban the driver as well as passengers from having open cannabis containers in the car.
The reason behind this change? Since the legalization measure passed, more and more drivers have tested positive for marijuana use. In 2012, 18.6% of "suspected" impaired drivers tested positive for THC, says the Washington State Toxicology Lab. In 2013, that number increased to 25% of tested blood samples, which was the first year that I-502 was put in to effect. Additionally, there has been an increase in people testing positive for 1 metabolite of THC, which shows the use over the last few days. But while these numbers are increasing, Darrin Grondel, the director of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, says that there aren't any traffic accident or fatality increases this far, showing that while people may be smoking more, stoners aren't exactly veering off in to ditches on the regular.
Washington state bases much of the marijuana laws off of the pre-existing alcohol ones, according to Alison Holocomb, the lawyer who drafter the I-502. While it is important to keep people safe while in this changing time, it's also important to know that cannabis and alcohol are two completely different substances. Not to mention the fact that since I-502 passed, more individual blood samples have been tested... So wouldn't that mean that the number would increase because the amount of samples increased?