Driving while under the influence of marijuana is a definite no-no. Cannabis can delay reaction time and cause people to not focus as clearly on the road. But according to a new poll, Americans believe there is at least one thing more dangerous than using marijuana while driving: texting.
A new poll found that 91 percent of Americans believe driving under the influence of marijuana is dangerous. That same poll showed that 99 percent of Americans believe using social media while driving is also dangerous, and 98 percent said the same about texting. So almost everyone agrees that all three of these actions are dangerous, but that texting and social media are slightly more worrisome.
Of course, traffic fatalities caused by drivers high on marijuana is one of the most commonly used arguments against cannabis legalization. And while data has shown that traffic accidents have increased, as well as the number of people driving while high on marijuana, in recent years, there's also very little proof connecting cannabis use with increased traffic collisions and fatalities. Meanwhile, there is significant evidence showing that cell phone use leads to over one million traffic accidents each year.
This doesn't mean that people should think it's ok to drive while high. As stated earlier, marijuana does alter a person's state of mind and make driving more difficult, which increases the danger for both the driver and others on the road. But it simply means the commonly used argument of "marijuana legalization leads to more traffic deaths" is more rooted in the hypothetical than in real-world data.
If you want to use marijuana and your cell phone while driving, there's a way to do both. It's called Uber.