If I bike for any distance around here, I can almost count on smelling the herbal essence of marijuana as it wafts from a passing car.
This seems a little more common in Santa Cruz, though I’ve smelled the magic dragon puffing away in the South Bay as well.
Gary “Mr Roadshow” Richards brought this topic up in his transportation column in the San Jose Mercury News. One motorist wrote in claiming he lights up every time he drives so he can be “mellow.” This scares me — I don’t want him mellow; I want him awake and alert and watching out for me. The writer also bikes high, which doesn’t bother me. i see that all the time too at San Jose Bike Party.
This reminds me of my old college pal “Bill”. He usually drove drunk, and he claimed driving drunk made him a better driver. I’ve been in the car with Bill, and riding with Bill is terrifying.
I think Bill and the driver who always lights up before driving might be examples of the impaired person who is unaware of his incompetence.
I’m not too concerned about the legality of use and possession, and I realize marijuana’s impairment is not as strong as alcohol. Still, marijuana does impair judgement, reaction time, coordination and perception.
What do you think?