Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Cannabis Driving and Alcohol displacment

"The findings on youth alcohol use suggest that successful marijuana related efforts in the "War on Drugs", which can be expected to reduce the supply of marijuana and, hence, increase its price will not only lead to less marijuana consumption, but will have the unintended consequence of raising alcohol consumption (at least among youths). This is consistent with DiNardo and Lemieux's (1992) finding that increased minimum legal drinking ages, while reducing alcohol consumption among youths, had the unintended consequence of leading to an almost one-for-one increase in marijuana use.

"The findings related to youth motor vehicle accidents suggest that reductions in the full price of marijuana, resulting from either lower money prices and/or reduced legal sanctions for possession/use, lead youths to substitute away from alcoholic beverages and other intoxicating substances towards marijuana. Furthermore, the subsequent reductions in the consequences of drunken driving (non-fatal and fatal accidents) and driving under the influence of other substances more than offset the increases in the consequences of driving under the influence of marijuana. Similarly, an increase in the full price of beer, resulting, for example, from the increased taxation of alcoholic beverages and/or higher minimum legal drinking ages, lowers beer consumption and raises marijuana consumption. This would be expected to reduce drunken driving, but to raise 'stoned' driving. The net effect of the beer price increase, however, is to reduce the probabilities of non-fatal and fatal youth motor vehicle accidents."

Source: "Do Youths Substitute Alcohol and Marijuana? Some Econometric Evidence," Frank J. Chaloupka and Adit Laixuthai, National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper No. 4662, Feb. 1994, p. 32.

Those who want the alcohol age raised are maximising harms to everyone while ignoring the matrix (multiplier) of dysfunction and expediently, fostering the prejudices of a few.
"Maintaining ignorance is the feedstock for maintaining a deluded national drug policy. It is malfeasance to continue to ignore the identified 1:1 correlation and pretend roadside drug testing will fix what's broken for political expediency".
In a Nation that can legislate ageist, sexist 'Boy Racer' laws, anything is possible.
/Blair
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