Marijuana possessed and smoked in public for recreation is neither safe for driving nor for second-hand smoke exposure for nonusers.
Marijuana impairs a person's ability to drive an automobile safely, similarly with alcohol. Plus, nearly 50 percent of regular marijuana users drink while using marijuana, which causes an additive deterioration in driving ability.
In terms of pulmonary effects, the toxic chemical components of both marijuana and tobacco smoke are similar, with ammonia, benzene, toluene, and naphthalene levels in marijuana exceeding those in tobacco smoke.
The argument to decriminalize marijuana on the grounds of its commonality with alcohol and tobacco is absolutely irrational in view of the damning evidence of the latter products upon users and non-users in one way or another, from impaired health to social costs to the family and economy.
If anything, the most logical conclusion is to ban alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana. not to legalize toxins.
Joseph N. Manago