Driving under the influence of cannabis should be a concern for us all. Now that cannabis has become recreational in several states we have to be aware of the impact cannabis has on driving. Most don’t realize that you can get a DUI or DWI while medicated. A breathalyzer does not detect THC. Also a blood test does not determine whether a person is physically impaired by cannabis as THC can remain high in every day users. Studies have shown that cannabis causes increased weaving when blood concentrations reach 13.1 ug/L THC. While other studies suggest that cannabis users can effectively compensate for impairments unlike those under the influence of alcohol.
This doesn’t mean we it is ok to drive while completely stoned. We have all been there, overly cautious, driving too slow but never too fast, it is scary and simply stupid. Despite real evidence that cannabis is linked to increased traffic accidents we need to be aware while we medicate. With services such as Lyft or Uber we have the ability to make better decisions if we know we are going to consume more than a microdose at an event.With festival season in full swing I encourage everyone to make smart decisions, take public transportation and use your favorite rideshare apps. While weed may not be as dangerous as alcohol it can still lead to impaired driving and a DUI.
Vehicle Code 23152(e) VC reads: “(e) It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any drug [including marijuana] to drive a vehicle.”
#KeepitLit and Be safe