Almost 2 Million Ontario Drivers Have Driven Under the Influence of Cannabis: CAA

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Almost 2 million Ontario drivers have driven under the influence of cannabis: CAA Jessica Vomiero By Jessica Vomiero National Online Journalist Global News A cannabis plant approaching maturity is photographed at the CannTrust Niagara Greenhouse Facility during the grand opening event in Fenwick, Ont., on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

Almost two-million Ontarians have driven under the influence of cannabis at some point, and over 700,000 have done so over the past three months, according to new study conducted by Ipsos.

Furthermore, the study which was commissioned by CAA, found those who’ve driven while impaired by cannabis were more likely to have driven while impaired by more than one substance at a time — cannabis and alcohol, for example.

“We’re now learning through this study the volumes of people — those who are using alcohol to some degree and cannabis before getting behind the wheel. That’s a significant conversation that’s yet to be had, but one that is absolutely very real on our roads right now, said Elliot Silverstein, manager, government relations, CAA South Central Ontario (SCO).

As Oct. 17, the date set for legalization of recreational cannabis across Canada, quickly approaches, driving-under-the-influence legislation has become a key point of debate.

Another recent poll conducted by Leger on behalf of the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) revealed that 79 per cent of Canadians are concerned about a potential uptick in cannabis-impaired drivers once the substance becomes legal, and that 61 per cent of Canadian cannabis users believe it’s safe to wait less than three hours after consuming cannabis to drive.

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