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  •  Yes. 2 beautiful kids and wife right next to me. (2+ / 0-)
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    LaughingPlanet, BlueJessamine

    That's a hard question to answer (and a bit loaded).  

    Where would you draw the line?  Someone on prescribed Xanax for anxiety?  Someone taking prescribed painkillers regularly?  Someone with narcolepsy or ADHD taking a prescribed stimulant?  Someone who ingests or smokes cannabis for chronic pain from cancer?  

    If the person is used to the drug and not abusing it, why couldn't they drive (assuming they drive safely and have a clean record).

    Where would you draw the line?  Maybe I'm a little more trusting, but we've made it just fine so far.

    "So what if a guy threw a shoe at me!"

    by FoodChillinMFr on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 12:47:08 PM PDT

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    •  Fair enough (2+ / 0-)
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      BlueJessamine, FoodChillinMFr

      I try to be charitable with regards to recreational drugs. The war on drugs has made most Americans overly paranoid about those who use them.

      I think the middle ground is the best place to be n the topic. "None" is absurd/untenable and happens to be the law for the most part.

      "Some" is more dangerous than many drug users/abusers care to admit.

      "Wasted" is a very serious issue and far too many people ruin innocent lives driving impaired.

      I do feel that many prescription drugs should require not driving while using them. Xanax is a good example of one that can be abused/dangerous very easily.

      Again, I am a long-time marijuana legalization activist.
      Someone who ingests or smokes cannabis for chronic pain from cancer is a tricky one indeed. Even most vocal marijuana activists acknowledge driving stoned slows reaction time.

      I am glad it is not my job to make the decisions raised by your comment.

      Global warming & smoking cigarettes = Nothing to worry about? Those who deny climate science are ignorant, evil or worse. Google Fred Singer.

      by LaughingPlanet on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 01:05:49 PM PDT

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