Article by The Fresh Toast via Growth Op
Ever since states started legalizing cannabis, law enforcement agencies, politicians and anyone else opposed to a pot-progressive U.S. has stood up against the herb. The reason? It appears they are worried that it might lead to an uptick of dangerous drivers on the road.
But a new study has found that while driving stoned certainly isn’t the safest thing a person could do, it appears to be less hazardous than driving with a head full of prescription drugs.
There is no valid device for detecting cannabis impairment, which is why there is so much controversy surrounding stoned driving. Nobody can tell who is driving high and who isn’t. So, 16 U.S. states have made it illegal to test positive at all.
But the latest study, published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, shows that driving under the influence of cannabis isn’t as risky as doing so with many other highly prescribed medications “such as antidepressants, opioids and benzodiazepines.”
Study findings indicate that drivers motoring around town on prescription drugs are more than twice as likely to have a traffic accident than sober drivers. Stoned marijuana users behind the wheel were only approximately one to 1.4 times as likely to be in an accident than their sober counterparts.