Many Canadians are Driving High on Cannabis, According to New National Survey

Article by CTV News

Many Canadians are driving high on cannabis, according to new national survey Juan Palese, a marijuana grower, shows a marijuana flower outside of Montevideo, Uruguay, Wednesday, Dic. 18, 2013. (AP / Matilde Campodonico)

 A new Statistics Canada survey reveals an “alarming” number of Canadians have driven a vehicle while high on cannabis or have been passengers in such vehicles.

According to the second quarterly national cannabis survey, 14 per cent of cannabis users who have a driver’s licence admitted they got behind the wheel within two hours of consuming cannabis at least once in the past three months.

And five per cent of Canadians over the age of 14 said they’ve been a passenger in a vehicle driven by someone who’d consumed cannabis in the preceding two hours.

The survey results were released Thursday, just two months before cannabis is to become a legal, regulated product in Canada.

Statistics Canada is conducting quarterly surveys throughout this year as part of an effort to measure the social and economic impacts of legalization.

Andrew Murie, chief executive officer of MADD Canada, called the latest numbers “alarming” — more than triple the rate of Canadians who drive after consuming alcohol in the preceding two hours.

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