An Ipos-Nanos poll released today shows most Canadians believe driving under the influence of cannabis should be treated the same under the law as driving under the influence of alcohol. Sixty percent of respondents agreed ‘strongly’ to the statement that driving while impaired by alcohol or by marijuana should be treated equally under the law, while another 20% said they ‘somewhat’ agree.
The poll also shows no consensus on the subject, though. Nearly 20% of respondents said they don’t believe driving ‘high’ on cannabis to be impaired driving. Only 12% of respondents said the same about alcohol. The report also shows one in three Millennials don’t consider driving while high on marijuana to be impaired driving.
“While eight in ten (83%) ‘agree’ (54% strongly/29% somewhat) that they’re personally concerned about the issue of drunk driving, only seven in ten (71%) ‘agree’ (42% strongly/29% somewhat) that they’re personally concerned about the issue of driving while high on marijuana.”
Another 25% of respondents strongly or somewhat agree that driving stoned is ‘more acceptable’ than driving drunk. 47% of those who say they have driven high say it’s not as bad as driving drunk. Only 10% of respondents admitted to driving while high, with men (15%) being more likely than women (5%) to report this. Millennials are also less likely to see it as a problem than older Canadians.