Drivers less likely to get behind the wheel in states with legal weed

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While some states have enacted strict zero-tolerance laws to combat marijuana drink-driving, this recent study found that education may be necessary, not stricter laws.

A new study has concluded that self-reported driving under the influence of cannabis (DUIC) in states that legalized recreational marijuana was lower than states where weed was illegal.

The study, published in the journal of Preventive Medicine Reportsalso found that those who are frequent cannabis users in recreational legal states showed a significantly lower risk of self-reported DUIC within three hours of use compared to those living in states where cannabis is not legal.

The main exception occurred in states where cannabis was legal for medical purposes, where results showed little difference between states with medically legal marijuana and states where marijuana is completely illegal.

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The study, which surveyed a large number of cannabis users, offered several possible reasons for this trend, including the fact that in states where recreational marijuana is legal, those who purchase it are likely to be given more information about the risks and responsibilities of cannabis use, while those who buy it off the street that are not.

There is also packaging and labeling to consider. “States that have not legalized cannabis cannot regulate the labeling of cannabis products, while many recreational and medical states require warning labels and instructions on products,” the study authors wrote.

These results are in stark contrast to other studies commonly used by those who oppose the legalization of marijuana, such as a report by the United States Department of Transportation that found that the presence of marijuana doubled in fatally injured drivers between 2007 and 2007. 2016.

While numbers don’t lie, they can be misleading. With more states legalizing marijuana, there is much wider access to it; millions of people have the legal right to consume it. Citing the U.S. Department of Transportation report, the National Council of State Legislators also stated that “drugs like marijuana can also stay in the system for weeks, showing up in roadside tests while no longer causing harm.”

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The length of time marijuana stays in your system is one of the biggest hurdles and contentions in these kinds of charges and criminal charges. As we previously reported, DUID cases involving marijuana are often thrown out of court in legal states simply because a disorder cannot be proven. However, this does not mean that marijuana-induced driving violations do not occur and cannot be prosecuted.

According to the Marijuana Policy ProjectThirty-three states have “effects-based” drink-driving laws that criminalize a person for driving while actually disabled, which is determined on the basis of all available evidence.” There are 17 states with “per se” or “zero tolerance” laws. , where, to prove the case, one simply has to provide blood test evidence showing that there was a certain level of THC in your system.

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Regardless of whether you live in a state where weed is legal or illegal, safe driving is always important. While some states have enacted strict zero-tolerance laws to combat marijuana drink-driving, this recent study found that education may be necessary, not stricter laws.

In conclusion, the study concluded: “While all states should inform their citizens about the potential dangers of cannabis use and driving, this analysis suggests that states without legal cannabis need especially DUIC prevention efforts.”

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