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I do on some rides - usually a Sativa heavy hybrid that leaves me more energetic. On long solo rides I will and on any ride with significant rain. The latter comes from an experience way back in '79 or '80.

I was riding from Athens to Atlanta to visit my mom for Thanksgiving. It was raining pretty steadily all day and I was fairly miserable after having to stop once to fix a flat. I was riding along on a quiet rural road somewhere south of Bethlehem when an old pickup pulls up next to me and the driver calls out "Would you like a ride?" I answered that I was okay and he responded "Are you sure?" I looked over and he was holding a joint. I said, "Okay" and we loaded my bike in the back of the truck and drove off down the road smoking that joint. Our routes diverged after only a few miles but the rest of the cold rainy ride was a lot less miserable. Now when I am faced with a cold, rainy ride I will stop and smoke a little and then ride on with a much happier demeanor. It helps that I now live in Washington state where I can purchase legally in a store (for now).
 

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^ i love that story! tell us another! please!

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i will on occasion, especially if i'm riding to meet someone. i had a close call once when i wasn't altogether aware of my surroundings, so that kinda sticks in my mind. I'm certainly more energetic on my bike when going without.

an older friend of mine that i've done some rebuilds for has paid me in good stuff his son grows. it's a win-win.

he and i went on one 60 mile ride last year. we stopped several times to chill, eat, and hang by the river. each time, he smoked. and then hopped back on his vintage italian and hauled ass down the highway. it was rather impressive.
 

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While? No.

Before and after? Always.

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Well, in my college years a couple of friends and I tried to smoke a joint while riding. We quickly realized that the joint was burning way too fast due to the wind created by our riding pace. We decided to stop and finish it before continuing. Since then I have not smoked "while riding" but will take a stop on occasion for a quick hit before continuing with the ride.
 

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What a hoot. A thread on a respectable cycling site on cannabis! Who woulda known?

Smoking a couple of j's every day sure will cut into a rider's lung power. Then again, my lungs got hammered from 15 years of cigarettes. I do notice better lung power after a couple of weeks of not smoking weed, probably a measurable increase in VO2 max.

Back in ETX a couple of buddies and I used to ride all the time stoned. It was illegal, so we'd light up before the ride. We also had some interesting adventures into the cow pastures looking for mushrooms. The time we each ate one and then rode home was quite interesting. Energy levels were strong, along with heightened sensory perceptions.

Have never had any problems riding under the influence. In fact, aside from the slight VO2 max. handicap, cannabis enhances the experience. I hunker down and enjoy myself; situational awareness increases rather than diminishes, as long as I'm pay attention, which, stoned, ain't at all that hard. :D. Don't need to get blasted away, either. A couple of tokes will do it right.
 

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"Don't need to get blasted away, either. A couple of tokes will do it right."

And that is the joy of living in a state where it is legal. You can buy a gram of some decent weed and taking a toke or two before and/or during a ride gives you just the high you want - because you've been able to choose just the right strain. In college I would go through an ounce a month, now a gram lasts three months....
 

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I occasionally do with a stoner friend of mine. Problem is today's GMO weed is way too strong but in a bad way,so once I'm done puffing I'm done doing everything else for the rest of the day and that sucks,I'm basically turned into a zombie...
 

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I used to but not much any more. The physical activity rides the buzz out so fast it doesn't seem worth it. Or maybe it's me getting older and being pickier about time, place and setting. Haven't actually burned in over a year though, everything gets vaporized now and I did notice a difference going from burning to vaping. I do partake on the more leisurely rides that I occasionally do with some older friends.
 

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Not only do we have to worry about stoned drivers on the road, we got the doobie brothers in the pack! Great......do us a favour and get jersey's with big leaf's on them.
 

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What am I missing

The thread starts with someone getting into a car with a driver smoking a joint, justified by the fact that it is legal to buy in Washington. Is it also legal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence? Explain how this is different from getting into a vehicle with a driver with an open beer.

With all of the comments about e bikers being dangerous because of a lack of handling skills, we now have posters talking about compromised skills like it is desirable
 

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oh crap, stoned e-bikers terrorizing the M U T....
 

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What am I missing

The thread starts with someone getting into a car with a driver smoking a joint, justified by the fact that it is legal to buy in Washington. Is it also legal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence? Explain how this is different from getting into a vehicle with a driver with an open beer.

With all of the comments about e bikers being dangerous because of a lack of handling skills, we now have posters talking about compromised skills like it is desirable
It is illegal to drive under the influence, just as it is to drive while drinking.


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"I occasionally do with a stoner friend of mine. Problem is today's GMO weed is way too strong but in a bad way,so once I'm done puffing I'm done doing everything else for the rest of the day and that sucks,I'm basically turned into a zombie... "

Here is where legal weed becomes an advantage. You get to know not only what the strain is - indica tends to make you blotto while sativa tends to be an uplifting high (hybrids handle this best) - but you also get to know just how strong it is because the THC content is tested and listed. When you buy illegal cannabis you get what is there - and that tends to lean towards the indica heavy hybrids because that is what stoners want. However, people who just want a little buzz to help take the edge off their arthritis (or just the day) are helped extremely in legal states where they can buy a strain that serves just their purpose.
 

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i'm not debating whether legalizing is good or bad. However getting into a truck with someone and smoking while driving down the road is an issue. I've done some stupid things in my life, I just don't make it sound like it was a good experience. This is how I read your first post.

I would think it is pretty clear, riding while impaired is not something to be bragging about, legal or not.
 

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Define impaired.

If I stay up all night and am a zombie, should I not ride my bike because I'm impaired? If I go to a brewery and have a single beer? Or one hit?

I live where it's legal, I don't use weed because I don't like the high, I don't like to smoke and edibles either do nothing or make me feel poisoned. To each their own though.
 

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i'm not debating whether legalizing is good or bad. However getting into a truck with someone and smoking while driving down the road is an issue. I've done some stupid things in my life, I just don't make it sound like it was a good experience. This is how I read your first post.

I would think it is pretty clear, riding while impaired is not something to be bragging about, legal or not.
I was relating a story that happened in the 1970s. Deal with it.

Cycling after taking a toke is not dangerous. Cycling while blotto is. If you don't know the difference, then we have nothing more to discuss. Those who do know the difference might enjoy the information.
 

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I was relating a story that happened in the 1970s. Deal with it.

Cycling after taking a toke is not dangerous. Cycling while blotto is. If you don't know the difference, then we have nothing more to discuss. Those who do know the difference might enjoy the information.
That's a bit like saying "I can hold my couple of beers really well, so what's the danger with me driving?". Just like with alcohol BAC, beyond a certain THC limit you are legally impaired- regardless if you think the MJ strain is benign or not.

Are you likely to get tested and busted for being high while biking? Very likely not unless you're involved in a serious accident, but there's no ambiguity about the legality of what you're talking about, even for states who have legalized recreational use.
 
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