The Unexpected Way Local Marijuana Taxes Can Impact Public Health

By: Wednesday November 19, 2014 2:32 pm

If tax rates vary from city to city some people are going to drive to the next town to get a better deal. How much extra driving that could cause would depend on a huge number of unknowns, but purely for the sake of an illustration let’s assume a third of Oregon’s projected recreational consumers would choose to always drive to stores an average of 15 miles further away to save on taxes. That could result in 100 million more miles driven during the first three years. Based on national averages that should translate to about one extra traffic death and 80 injuries. It would also release about 40,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide. A modest but real downside.

 

Pull Up a Chair: Smartphones and Driving

By: Saturday July 27, 2013 4:00 am

Ten years ago when I traveled – be it driving, riding a train or taking a bus – I was likely only listening to music to pass the time. The entertainment value of all three options was relatively equal but driving often provide greater flexibility.

Saudi Sisters Taking the Wheel

By: Saturday June 18, 2011 5:06 pm

Welcome to the open road, sisters in Saudi Arabia. There, in a celebration of freedom that has become regular Friday fare in the Middle East and North Africa, women took the wheel and drove themselves about. While no actual law constrains them, women are under a fatwa against taking off driving a car – and are subject to being detained when they do.

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