LordSturm wrote:first off your article is from a website that wants pot to be legal so of course every "fact" they provide will praise it and state how it mildly affects motor skills. that article is biased and therefore not usable as evidence.
Then it shouldn't be too hard for you to find scientific evidence contradicting what I found.
I'll just ignore the fact that you initial claim was unproven and that the link I gave you was a summary of various reputable scientific studies.
however it still states it does not dramatically affect motor control. They do not state it has no affect whatsoever.
They sometimes even say it makes someone even more careful.
http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/mis ... t78_1g.htm
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION
DOT HS 808 078 NOVEMBER 1993
MARIJUANA AND ACTUAL DRIVING PERFORMANCE
The major conclusions from the present program are summarized as follows:
* Current users of marijuana prefer THC doses of about 300 ug/kg to achieve their desired "high".
* It is possible to safely study the effects of marijuana on driving on highways or city streets in the presence of other traffic.
* Marijuana smoking impairs fundamental road tracking ability with the degree if impairment increasing as a function of the consumed THC dose.
* Marijuana smoking which delivers THC up to a 300 ug/kg dose slightly impairs the ability to maintain a constant headway while following another car.
* A low THC dose (100 ug/kg) does not impair driving ability in urban traffic to the same extent as a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.04g%.
* Drivers under the influence of marijuana tend to over-estimate the adverse effects of the drug on their driving quality and compensate when they can; e.g. by increasing effort to accomplish the task, increasing headway or slowing down, or a combination of these.
* Drivers under the influence of alcohol tend to under-estimate the adverse effects of the drug on their driving quality and do not invest compensatory effort.
* The maximum road tracking impairment after the highest THC dose (300 ug/kg) was within a range of effects produced by many commonly used medicinal drugs and less than that associated with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08g% in previous studies employing the same test.
Many medications warning lables specifically state not to drive, or operate any heavy machinery for the very reason it affects your cognitive abilities. the difference is these medications provide provide a medicinal benifit, and some people cannot function without medications. Marijuana provides no benifit to the casual user.
People who know about Marijuana will not try to drive and not try to operate any heavy machinery. When the substance would be made to be legal then sufficient warnings would have to be provided on the package. Warnings like "Warning, may cause increased appetite. Warning, may induce laughter. Warning, when attempting to overdose severe depression may be the result of failure".
Whether or not Marijuana is a benefit is not for you to determine. People should be free to use whatever doesn't harm them or society.
so i believe no, i do not need to scrutinize my responce. there is no logical reason to allow the legal use of marijuana for recreation other than that you use it, you cant have it legally, so now youd like to use it legally.
You have to scrutinize yourself whenever you claim something without backing it up with facts.