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Most Marijuana Users Admit Driving Under The Influence

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Posted on April 17, 2019
Watch out if Miss Cannabis gets behind the wheel to hunt for some munchies. (Photo: Pexels.com)

Watch out if Miss Cannabis gets behind the wheel to hunt for some munchies. (Photo: Pexels.com)

In advance of this weekend’s “4/20” holiday, The Zebra insurance comparison website reveals the most comprehensive look to date at the views and behaviors of drivers who use marijuana.

Drivers in all 10 states (plus D.C.) where marijuana is recreationally legal weighed in on their marijuana habits and preferences, especially as they relate to driving.

Key findings include:
• 60% of users admit to driving under the influence of marijuana.
• 26% drive within an hour of using marijuana (including 7% who use while driving).
• 60% of drivers decide if they’re OK to drive after using marijuana based on how they feel, but only 27% of drivers said they trust others to know when they’re too impaired to drive after using marijuana.

Among comments from respondents:
• “Just because marijuana is now legal, people seem to think that makes it also legal to drive while under the influence of marijuana — and that is scary to think about. People don't realize how much of an impact marijuana can have on a person's driving and reaction time, etc.”
• “How can authorities realistically determine how ‘under the influence’ of marijuana someone is? There isn't a breathalyzer…”
• “I usually smoke marijuana if I'm waiting in a car, but sometimes while driving. I don't think people should drink and drive however.”

The Zebra’s report presents the findings of an anonymous online survey of 811 drivers ages 16-74, residing in states where recreational use of marijuana is legal (AK, CA, CO, ME, MA, MI, NV, OR, VT, WA, and Washington, D.C.). All respondents self-identify as consumers of marijuana and/or marijuana-based THC or CBD products on at least occasionally.

The 4/20 holiday, also known as National Weed Day, is an annual holiday for marijuana smokers to celebrate their freedom to light up. Info on origins here.

Source: Zebra press release

FULL ZEBRA REPORT HERE

Related Topics: cannabis, driver behavior, driver safety, drug testing, drugs, DUI, fleet management, law enforcement, passenger safety

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Comments ( 1 )
  • Mark Johnson

     | about 2 months ago

    The real question is why aren't you concerned about people driving under the influence of opioids aka synthetic heroin? How about synthetic marijuana/thc aka marinol which is also prescribed by doctors and its legal to driver after ingesting? Further more there are many more pharmaceutical drugs that have way worse side effect such as hallucinations and I never heard this magazine protest once over it. We all know as operators that the drivers with a doctor's prescription are exempt from the drug testing and are allowed to drive even if they take drugs that show up on a commons drug screen, marijuana should be no different. Get over yourselves and stop trying to support some conservative church goers position that has really no basis in science or reality...you are really quite embarrassing....

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