Marijuana Users Behind The Wheel Exceed Drunk Drivers, One Study Reports
In California, home of the legal medical marijuana dispensary, there has been a lot of concern about stoned driving and whether or not it's bad for your road skills (most legit studies seem to say it is).
Now comes research out of Canada that claims young adults -- college-age people -- are driving stoned more often than they're driving drunk. Not that driving drunk is good.
But is this bad news?
The study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto looked at 3,039 adults and found that those in the 18-29 range were more likely to get stoned and drive than drink and drive.
In fact nearly one in 10 of those respondents (9 percent) said they drove within an hour of toking up; only six percent said they drove within an hour after having two or more drinks.
Dr. Robert Mann, CAMH Senior Scientist and lead researcher:
More young adults are reporting that they drive within an hour of using cannabis - even more than those who report drinking and driving.
The Centre says weed smokers, however, are generally aging, with those over 50 representing 16 percent of all adult tokers -- a percentage five times higher than the oldsters who smoked in 1977.
The Cheech & Chong generation lives.