"Currently, one of nine drivers involved in fatal crashes would test positive for marijuana," said co-author Dr. Guohua Li, director of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia.Anyone surprised? Bueller?
Alcohol contributed to about the same percentage of traffic fatalities throughout the decade, about 40 percent, Li said.
"If a driver is under the influence of alcohol, their risk of a fatal crash is 13 times higher than the risk of the driver who is not under the influence of alcohol," Li said. "But if the driver is under the influence of both alcohol and marijuana, their risk increases to 24 times that of a sober person.
Cheech and Chong?
Thinking about watching the Beatles on Ed Sullivan 50 years ago got me thinking about how parts of life have completely reversed as I've aged:
I'm so old I remember when smoking tobacco was fine, but smoking pot was evil.
I'm so old I remember when Michael Jackson was normal and Prince was the weird one.