Principles of Responsible Cannabis Use
I. No Driving
The responsible consumer of cannabis does not operate a motor
vehicle or other dangerous machinery while impaired by cannabis
or - like other responsible citizens - any other substance or
condition, including some medicines and fatigue. Although cannabis
is said by most experts to be safer than many prescription drugs,
responsible cannabis users never operate motor vehicles in an
impaired condition. Public safety demands not only that impaired
drivers be taken off the road, but also that objective measures
of impairment other than chemical testing be developed and used.
II. Set and Setting
The responsible cannabis user will carefully consider his
or her set and setting, regulating use accordingly. "Set"
refers to the consumer's values, attitudes, experience and personality.
"Setting" means the consumer's physical and social
circumstances. The responsible cannabis consumer will be vigilant
as to conditions - time, place, mood, etc. - and should not hesitate
to say no when those conditions are not conducive to a safe,
pleasant and/or productive experience.
III. Resist Abuse
Use of cannabis to the extent that it impairs health, personal
development or achievement is abuse, which is resisted by responsible
cannabis users. Abuse means harm. Some cannabis use is harmful;
most is not. That which is harmful should be discouraged; that
which is not, need not be. Wars have been waged in the name of
eradicating "drug abuse," but instead of focusing on
abuse, enforcement measures have been diluted by targeting all
drug use, whether abusive or not. If Marijuana abuse is to be
targeted, it is essential that clear standards be developed to
IV. Respect Others' Rights
The responsible cannabis user does not violate the rights
of others, observes accepted standards of courtesy and propriety
and respects the preferences of those who wish to avoid cannabis
entirely. No one may violate the rights of others, and no substance
use excuses any such violation. Regardless of the cannabis' legal
status, responsible users will adhere to emerging tobacco smoking
protocols in public and private places.