WikiLeaks Reveals Pressure from Alcohol Industry to Crack Down on Marijuana-Impaired Driving
Those who are familiar with WikiLeaks knows that the whistleblower site has a loyal following of internet sleuths, eager to expose some of the high-society’s best-kept secrets.
One member reported that he had found some pointed statements about marijuana in an ad that showed up in a 2016 edition of Huddle, a daily capitol-hill insiders newsletter. The ad was sponsored by the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) reads in part:
…WSWA believes states that legalize marijuana need to ensure appropriate and effective regulations are enacted to protect the public from the dangers associated with the abuse and misuse of marijuana… In the years since the state legalized medicinal use, Colorado law enforcement officials have documented a significant increase in traffic fatalities in which drivers tested positive for marijuana…
A Look at Colorado Cannabis Fatalities
The data that the WSWA cites isn’t exactly wrong, it just may have been come to through strange research methods. A recent report that came out by the Highway Loss Data Institute indicated that in states that legalized cannabis, including Colorado and Washington, there has been an increase in car crashes and fatalities. This data attributes legalization of recreational cannabis as a factor that affected this increase.
Critics don’t agree that the methods necessary confirm a link between marijuana impairment but rather fail to take into account measures testing whether the user was under the influence of marijuana at the time of the crash, or even using cannabis themselves.
The WikiLeaks follower in his report took notice of the delivery method of this information from the WSWA in The Huddle noting that this information isn’t to be found in archives or online, but comes exclusively from content delivered right to the mailboxes of Congressman.
Could the alcohol industry be paying off Congress to make it tough to drive with any kind of cannabis in your system? Is alcohol paying big bucks to demonize weed to legislators?
The Tough Measures
While this WikiLeaks find is compelling, it shines further light on the grey area surrounding THC and driving. Since THC can stay a long time in your system, it’s pretty difficult to prove that someone is high on the spot.
However, marijuana users are being subject to field sobriety tests, with a failure meaning arrest, new technologies are being developed to be able to catch stoned drivers.
This system, however, is cumbersome, requiring a 12 step test and a heck of a lot of procedure to tell if someone is stoned.
Whether there is a booze vs. weed conspiracy in Congress, it’s certain that the subject of marijuana-impaired driving won’t be going away.