Where exactly does Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Canada actually stand on the legalization of marijuana? A recent article stated that MADD Canada was optimistic about a safe roll-out of legal marijuana next year. This doesn’t exactly seem to jive with the anti-marijuana rhetoric promoted by the organization. Unfortunately, MADD appears to be backed into a corner on the issue, unsure where the political breeze will blow next.
MADD has always been a defender of the roadways, warning us about the dangers of drunk driving and the damage that driving while under the influence can cause. However, with the recent article touting MADD’s optimism on the situation, one has to wonder if they have had a change of heart.
MADD Canada’s webpage dedicated to marijuana information is purely critical of the upcoming marijuana legalization without ever actually coming out and saying it. Headlines like, ‘MADD Canada concerned about pot legalization’, and ‘MADD Manager says legalization of marijuana is going to create significant issues’, clearly indicate that they may not be as optimistic as previously reported.
Impaired driving is MADD’s primary concern, although it would appear that while MADD historically has been a world leader on the subject, they simply have no relevance when it comes to marijuana. Today the streets are unquestionably safer due to MADD’s relentless anti-drunk driving campaigns. Statistically drunk driving and alcohol-related traffic fatalities are down by 51% since 1982. People understand the dangers of drunk driving, and MADD’s efforts are reflected in the statistics. With alcohol-related traffic incidents in serious decline over the years, it would appear that MADD needed to find a new culprit in order to justify their further existence.
MADD’s message has always been a good one, as alcohol is certainly a harmful substance even under the best of conditions. Marijuana impairment, if science could prove there is such a thing, has not been linked in a significant manner to traffic fatalities, traffic crashes or even simple citations for that matter. There is no link between the amount of cannabinoids in the blood stream, and an individual’s level of intoxication, as has been proven by science. For some reason, anti-marijuana lobby groups can’t seem to find the lexicon of scientific publications on cannabis dating back to the early 1960s, even though it is readily available for free on the internet for anyone who chooses to look.Marijuana legalization is coming and it is long over
Marijuana legalization is coming, and now it seems that MADD Canada is stuck on their position. Perhaps we will see an official clarification from the organization, but as of now, MADD Canada seems confused on their position.
Cory Hughes is a former police officer turned cannabis cultivator and writer. After years of being on the wrong side of the law, Cory decided to hang up his badge and gun and move into an industry that truly has the potential of bringing people together. He has been an active part of the Colorado cannabis culture and has worked as a horticulturist in dozens of licensed grow operations. Cory now looks to share his knowledge of cultivation and horticulture with the world.