Article from LA Times
The most recent assessment by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, based on random roadside checks, found that 16.3% of all drivers nationwide at night were on various legal and illegal impairing drugs, half them high on marijuana.
In California alone, nearly 1,000 deaths and injuries each year are blamed directly on drugged drivers, according to CHP data, and law enforcement puts much of the blame on the rapid growth of medical marijuana use in the last decade. Fatalities in crashes where drugs were the primary cause and alcohol was not involved jumped 55% over the 10 years ending in 2009.
Not an "atheist" topic per se, although many atheists are interested in this topic. My personal view is that recreational marijuana should be legal, get the "doctors" out of it completely, since it's not a pharmaceutical. Let the herbalists and naturopaths Rx if if they like, since marijuana by definition is an herb, but better, have it in the same category as ethanol.
Still, with stoned drivers, drunk drivers, and drivers on cell phones killing thousands
, maybe we all better vote for light rail and better bus lines. Damn!