Florida congressman John Mica does not want medical marijuana to ruin the beautiful Sunshine State (I say with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek), and he's doing anything to stop it. Mica is now arguing that if marijuana becomes legal - even just for medicinal purposes - the number of people driving while intoxicated will drastically increase.
Mica was joined by fellow party-pooper Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) during a congressional hearing on Thursday. Fleming stated:
"As marijuana is de-stigmatized, use goes up, and it finds its way into the homes and candy and cookies and baked goods, and once it gets there, it finds its way into the brains of teens. Marijuana will also become more pervasive as states continue to embrace permissible laws on medical marijuana and the recreational use of marijuana, and kids and youth will have easier access to the dangerous, addictive drug."
The argument is, of course, nonsensical; any teenager will tell you that it is a lot easier to get a hold of weed in high school than alcohol under the current prohibition; black market weed dealers don't tend to card their customers.
They're just upset that decriminalization will hurt their bottom line after medical marijuana starts to replace pharmaceuticals.