Cannabis, Consciousness, and Impaired Driving

Article by Caleb McMillan, Cannabis Life Network


Anyone concerned with the role of cannabis in impaired driving should become familiar with at least one of these propositions:

1. Impaired driving from alcohol or prescription pills is far larger of a problem than driving with cannabis in your system

2. CBD is non-psychoactive, so the concern with cannabis impairment derives from THC. THC can alter your consciousness, but for people (especially patients) with a high tolerance, even a 100mg dose of THC won’t have a discernible effect on their conscious state.

3. Third, and most important, one does not need to be conscious to drive a car.

Now, what exactly do I mean by “one does not need to be conscious to drive a car”?

Surely, this isn’t my ultimate argument against cannabis and impaired driving — fleshing out the definition of “consciousness” to show how an altered conscious state has no bearing on driving?

Yes, it is.

For one, numerous studies show cannabis doesn’t affect motor skills like alcohol or opioids.

And decades of stoners on the road hasn’t caused an epidemic like drunk driving has.
Even if legalization results in more stoned drivers, proper context shows why this isn’t an issue.

Read the full article here.

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