This simple question has caused some of the most complex debates on my show, and now it’s in the news again, because not even studies can make sense of it.
Do you think it’s okay to smoke pot and drive? How much is too much?
Since there no pot-detecting hand-held Breathalyzer police can use to measure sobriety or the amount of marijuana someone has consumed, and since there is no standard blood-cannabis limit in Canada, at what point is the pot-user too impaired to drive? Some marijuana users say the drug doesn’t impair their judgment at all.
And now, The Canadian Press reports that the six states that allow marijuana use have legal tests to determine driving while impaired by the drug – but a new study finds these tests have no scientific basis.
The study, commissioned by AAA’s safety foundation, says you can’t set a blood-test threshold for THC (the chemical in pot that make you high), so you can’t reliably determine impairment. It’s different in different people, so while a certain level could make one person high, another would be sober enough to drive. But both people would still be found guilty.
By the by, studies show driving with a noisy child is as dangerous and driving under the influence of marijuana roughly doubles the risk of a crash. So should you not be allowed to drive with a noisy child? How can we keep our roads safe when we can’t keep up with safety risks?
And before we even get to the point of enacting ways to enforce the law, do we need to aim for better education? So I’ll ask the questions again. Think about it. And give us your thoughts after 1pm: 204.780.6868.