Article by Peter McKnight, The Globe and Mail
If news headlines are to be believed, no one in Canada has ever driven a car after smoking marijuana:
“Legalized marijuana has provinces worried about drug-impaired driving”
“The new impaired driving: legal marijuana”
“If Canada legalizes marijuana, how will cops combat high drivers?”
Such headlines suggest that drugged driving will become an issue only if the federal government makes good on its promise to legalize marijuana next year.
The Criminal Code sees it rather differently, as it has prohibited driving under the influence of drugs since 1925.
Canadians, too, see it differently: According to the Canadian Alcohol and Drug Use Monitoring Survey, conducted annually between 2008 and 2012, about 2.5 per cent of Canadians consistently admitted to driving within two hours of using cannabis. Youth between 15 and 24 were twice as likely to cop to drugged driving, with 5 per cent having driven while high.