Politifact does a good job knocking down what has become Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske’s most elaborate attempt at drug war propaganda so far. But even so, I think they’ve undersold their argument:
To offer a more concrete example, it’s unclear how much impact a joint of marijuana inhaled two weeks ago may have on a driver today. It could well be that the two-week-old joint is less of an impairment than a legal level of alcohol in the blood — even though the study would count the marijuana user as part of that 16 percent “under the influence of drugs” yet exclude someone with .07 percent alcohol from the 2.2 percent of alcohol-impaired drivers.
A joint that you smoked two weeks ago impairs your driving ability less than the following things:
– Clouds being in the sky
– The radio station playing a crappy song
– A pimple on your ass
– Your lingering suspicions that Rob McKenna really doesn’t have a law degree
– Trying to remember when you last cleaned your cat’s litter box
– The lame sunglasses that you’re afraid to wear in public, but still keep in your car
– Laughing at someone with a Sarah Palin bumper sticker
Yet our Drug Czar continues to count people who simply test positive for marijuana in their system as ‘impaired drivers’. It’s not just a lie, it’s a huge lie, and one that he should be ashamed of saying in front of the mirror at his house, let alone to the country.