Article by The Canadian Press via News 1130
Vancouver pot activist Jodie Emery insists she’s against impaired driving, but adds there’s something important to consider.
She says the presence of the active intoxicant in pot (THC) can be detected for up to a month after use and doesn’t indicate impairment.
Her comments come after the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) called for a government-funded public education program to warn of the dangers of cannabis-impaired driving.
“We need to look at whether marijuana causes impairment,” Emery says. “The evidence says it does not, but this fear exists that there will be carnage on the roads because prohibitionists do not want to admit that it wasn’t as dangerous as they always said it is.”
CAA helped fund a study by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation which suggests marijuana legalization will pose “incredible challenges” for managing pot-impaired drivers.
“We already have the tools already in place to deal with impaired driving, and the fact is, for most marijuana users, their judgement is not impaired, so they don’t drive if they’re too high,” Emery adds.