The relationship between cannabis and driving isn’t clear-cut, said a University of Calgary psychology PhD student Sarah Simmons, but signs point to cannabis worsening driving.
- Simmons said many believe drivers aware they’re high will slow down and increase the distance between themselves and the car in front of them. This disregards many other factors on the road that cannabis may worsen, including detection and response to hazards, ability to keep the vehicle straight in its lane, and control in general.
- Crash-risk doubles with cannabis in one’s system, Simmons said, but she noted the relationship was only an association, not a determination of cause and effect.
- As well, neither legal nor medical experts have agreed upon a single definition of “cannabis impairment.”
- Calgary has laid only one charge of cannabis-impaired driving since legalization.
- AdWeek celebrated the Government of Ontario’s “Barely High is Still Too High to Drive” PSAs for being charming and nonjudgmental. They’re actually really sweet: click through and have a look.
- Botaniq profiled ace-cannabis reviewer Brad “PancakeNap” Martin. In a ballsy move, Martin used the recognition to encourage Twitter fans to follow his favourite Canadian cannabis reviewers.