While more and more countries and other jurisdictions (individual states or provinces) are working to legalise marijuana, the police in many countries is warning drivers that driving under the influence of marijuana is dangerous. There is quite some discussion about how dangerous and it is clear that the working of marijuana cannot be equaled with the use of alcohol. However, it is clear that the use of marijuana does have an effect on someone’s ability to drive, and it is also clear that a combination of marijuana and alcohol is exponentially worse than the use of either one of these drugs.
In addition, there are still many questions about the effects of marijuana on health and it should be clear that it is certainly not harmless.
That is the reason that there is still much discussion going on between those who believe it should not be legalized, because it is dangerous for the general health and wellbeing of the population, and those who believe in the individual freedoms of everyone, even the right to destroy oneself.
The USA Attorney General Jeff Sessions ended an Obama-era policy Thursday that discouraged federal prosecutions of marijuana use and sales in states where it has been legalized. Sessions is instead leaving it up to U.S. attorneys to decide to what extent they will enforce federal anti-marijuana laws. This is only a small step and there is no certainty yet if the use and production of marijuana will be prosecuted again in the USA, and also what the federal government is going to do in situations where individual states are legalizing the use of marijuana is not certain yet.
Yet it is clear were the Attorney General stands:
“I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store. And I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana – so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that’s only slightly less awful,” he told law enforcement officials in March. “Our nation needs to say clearly once again that using drugs will destroy your life.”
That is clear language, and it may be an indication that we can expect more from him in the future.