Nov 25, 2016 12:15 PM

Canada to Launch Educational Program for Drivers Smoking Weed

In fearful anticipation of the recreational marijuana legalization, the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) collaborated with the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) to develop an educational program aimed to prevent cannabis users from driving a car when they are high.

The program is funded by the Canadian government, which wants to warn Canadians about the possible dangers posed by stoned drivers to society. After Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had promised to legalize adult use of cannabis next year, the CAA began working on this educational program in order to face the new threat of drugged drivers that they fear will appear on the roads in the near future.

Cannabis Facts: Marijuana and Driving
Cannabis Facts: Marijuana and Driving
The recreational and medical usage of marijuana has already been legalized in more than 20 states, including Colorado and Washington. However, the situation is not as good as we expected.

According to the TIRF report on road safety and marijuana, drug-impaired driving is the most common problem on the roads, and it has only been increasing in the past decade. Public safety concerns are growing after the announcement of further marijuana legalization, thus this issue requires more attention and regulatory measures on the part of CAA.

Meanwhile, the American Automobile Association (AAA) also expressed their negative attitude to marijuana legalization in Maine and California, where voters have approved cannabis initiatives. However, drivers are allowed to contain up to five nanograms of cannabis in their blood in Colorado and other states where recreational weed is legal.

First Functional Breathalyzer to Regulate Marijuana Use
First Functional Breathalyzer to Regulate Marijuana Use
An essential aspect of recreational marijuana legalization is for the state to provide safety regulations. These regulations have to be introduced to make sure that the new status of cannabis does not lead to grievous consequences. Among those consequences is driving under the influence.

A recent poll carried out by the CAA found that two-thirds of Canadians were concerned about road safety after the cannabis legalization. Thus, the CAA members want to be sure that people are sufficiently warned about marijuana's effects on driving and make safety on roads their top priority. They want to destroy a popular misconception that cannabis improves a stoner's concentration and driving skills.

According to Jodie Emery, a cannabis advocate in Canada, police have already received all the tools necessary to detect drugged drivers on the road. In addition, the Canadian government has introduced legislation that would permit police to use blood testing and oral swabs to detect THC in a driver's blood.

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