Speaking from both personal and observed behavior, we’d much rather sail stoned than drunk. Or sail with stoned rather than drunk mates. Yet given even the amazing progress of the legality of marijuana, and better understanding of what weed is and isn’t, there is still a hard-core anti-weed sentiment in government most of all which is based on fear, ignorance and some serious right wing mentality of the DEA. Weed is not the enemy, the fucking DEA is.
This article from Boat US, while still anchored in the stone ages, (“marijuana significantly impairs judgment, motor coordination, and reaction time”) it nonetheless gives a serious look at the “problem” of boating while buzzed….
Impairment is impairment no matter the substance. But with marijuana, there is even more at stake — regardless of legality in your state.
For many years, BoatUS has warned against the dangers of boating while under the influence of alcohol, which, according to the U.S. Coast Guard’s 2017 Recreational Boating Statistics Report, continues to be the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents. Now that the recreational use of marijuana is legal in nine states (including all of the West Coast of the U.S.), it’s time to take a look at how cannabis can affect boaters — and their wallets.
Nine states (plus the District of Columbia) allow some level of legal marijuana possession, and 30 states permit the medical use of cannabis. And 13 more states have decriminalized cannabis possession (people who possess small amounts of the drug don’t face criminal prosecution, but only civil penalties similar to a traffic fine). These laws are changing quickly, so check with your state to make sure you know the legal status of cannabis possession and use. The fact is that, in some places, cannabis is becoming as mainstream as say, wine.
But there are important distinctions.