A survey located that almost half of all cannabis customers think they’re secure drivers when stoned, although non-tokers apparently disagree.
The survey, performed by PSB Investigation, Burson Cohn & Wolfe, BuzzFeed News, and Civilized, asked 1,200 Americans how they felt about stoned driving. Two-thirds of all respondents believed stoned driving was unsafe, but 48 % of cannabis customers surveyed that they felt they drove just fine whilst lit.
Stoned driving remains 1 of the most controversial elements of weed legalization. Pretty much every single legal state involves regulations against stoned driving, with varying blood-THC limits and penalties based on the jurisdiction.
Alarmists point to increasing car accidents and fatalities in weed-legal states. One particular study located that auto accidents spiked six % in states like Oregon, Colorado, and Washington shortly following legalizing weed.
The information does not confirm that marijuana use brought on far more accidents, having said that. States like Colorado, Oregon, and Washington skilled a rush of new residents flocking there to love the legal weed (and booming economies).
For instance, though Colorado has observed an enhance in auto fatalities given that 2014, the fatality price (quantity of accidents per 100,000 folks) hasn’t changed a lot, indicating the enhance occurred for the reason that far more folks are on the road, not for the reason that far more folks are smoking weed.
Also, there had been far more car fatalities in Colorado from 2002-2006 compared to 2014-2018 — following the implementation of legalization. The “weed causes auto accidents” narrative does not hold-up, in particular taking into consideration Colorado has a a lot greater population (ha) now than it did more than a decade ago.
Moreover, research on stoned driving generate mixed final results. Variations in methodologies may perhaps clarify the discrepancies. When reefer rookies get ripped and jump behind the wheel, weed seems to hamper their driving skills. But when OGs toke a bowl and drive, their expertise look unhindered. Do not think me? A Michigan board lately concluded pot use does not impair driving for most people. A federal government study agrees.
The worry behind stoned driving most likely stems from confusion that obtaining stoned is akin to obtaining drunk. That is also a myth. One particular study located that weed smokers know when they blazed also challenging and shouldn’t drive. In contrast, boozed-up drivers, whose judgement is impaired alongside their driving potential, couldn’t inform when they had also a lot alcohol to drive safely.
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