Pubdate: Mon, 22 Sep 2003 Source: Racine Journal Times, The (WI) Copyright: 2003, The Racine Journal Times Contact: http://www.journaltimes.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/1659 Author: Matthew Hulett Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v03/n1400/a10.html EDITORIAL ON THE MARK Your editorial is right on the mark. It is absurd to lump all drugs into one category. Will this apply to pharmaceutical drugs as well? What about antihistamines? Rep. Mark Gundrum, R-New Berlin, says, "These mind-altering drugs are so dangerous it is illegal to sell, distribute or even possess them." The most dangerous drug on our roads is alcohol, and it is legal to sell, distribute, and possess it, so his meaning is lost to me. My concern is that some poor lad who smokes a joint of marijuana on a Friday will have an accident the following Sunday and will be treated as harshly as if he drove under the influence of LSD. That is not justice. In fact, it is legal to drive under the influence of Marinol, a pharmaceutical form of THC, the main psychoactive compound in marijuana. The FDA states it is safe to drive under its influence once the user becomes behaviorally accustomed to its effects. Research has shown again and again marijuana intoxicated drivers are not an increased threat on our public roads: University Of Toronto Study Shows Marijuana Not A Factor In Driving Accidents http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/03/990325110700.htm UK: Cannabis May Make You A Safer Driver http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n1161/a02.html Australia: Cannabis Crash Risk Less: Study http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98/n945/a08.html Robbe, Hindrik W.J. , 1994. Marijuana use and driving. http://www.marijuananews.com/1994_dutch_study_on_.htm Distortion 12: Cannabis and Driving http://www.drugwardistortions.org/distortion12.htm So, while the drug warriors trot out cocaine and dead babies to whip up public anger and fervor, perhaps it would be prudent for our media to analyze the situation concerning the most widely used illicit intoxicant, marijuana. And, to point out that distracting police from detecting drunk drivers may very well prove counterproductive. Matthew Hulett Brick, N.J.