As a student in India, I often observed people under the influence of marijuana running amuck and killing people at random.
During my training years on the East Coast I witnessed many cases of marijuana overdoses and also noted that marijuana abuse may in some cases lead to heroin abuse, the latter currently being on the rise in this country. Though there are some limited medical benefits, marijuana use for this has not been blessed by the Food and Drug Administration.
A recent article by Victor Davis Hanson indicated Highway 99 was ranked as the deadliest major highway in the nation. Also an article by Andrew Fiala suggested that legalization of marijuana will increase the traffic fatalities.
Recent information from AAA (sent to potential voters), indicated that the deaths in marijuana related car crashes have doubled since Washington approved legislation. There is no available DUI standard for marijuana to help get the impaired drivers off the highways.
I wish the more experienced local physicians, including teaching staff at the University of California, San Francisco – Fresno, would come forward and enlighten the situation for the voting public.
We do not need any increase in car crashes other problems, as these would tie up the police.
I would vote “no” on 64 for obvious reasons based on my experience.
Ananta Padmanabhan, Madera