One of the many arguments surrounding the decriminalization or legalization of marijuana has been how dangerous it could be to drive while under the influence. Many studies have come out over the years comparing drivers who have recently smoked and those who are intoxicated with alcohol.
The newest study to come out however, says that the previous ones got it wrong. The study was published in the journal Addiction, and attempted to gauge how likely drivers were to have an accident while high. According to the study, smokers were 1.2 to 1.4 times more likely to crash versus alcohol’s multiplying factor of four.
The discrepancies between previous studies and this one, according to the researchers, is that previous studies’ methodologies were wrong. They looked at over 20 studies and 2 meta-analyses from 1982-2015. The most prominent methodology inaccuracy was the failure to account for known variables such as gender or age.
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Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Eugene Monroe won’t be on the next roster, and it may be for his advocacy for medical marijuana. Monroe’s January recovery from a shoulder injury inspired him to write about marijuana versus opioids, and donate $80,000 to medical marijuana researchers at both Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pennsylvania. His work, he tweeted, was all for his “brothers… the players that make up the team… our future health and wellness.”
Unfortunately, his offseason, offtopic efforts failed to impress the Ravens officials. In the days leading up to his release, attitudes from the organization led Monroe to wonder if his marijuana advocacy was to blame. Interestingly, his original questions were less about the drug, and more about overall NFL healthcare.
It is arguable that reviewing old drug testing policies is going to be a big trend in U.S. companies in the nearest future. If the weed is legal, and the job can be done safely under cannabis influence, why would an employer be concerned about marijuana consumption enough to spend money on drug testing?
Current situation is creating a whole lot of consequences, like people easily cheating on drug tests by adding water to their urine, or other people making money on ‘weed detox sets’ that claim to free your system of cannabis traces in just three days. More than 93% test negative, but employers continue testing. In most cases, we just avoid working for companies that drug test employees.