Canadian Police Report No Change in Drugged Driving Behavior Following Marijuana Legalization

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TORONTO, ON — Canadian police agencies have not reported an uptick in incidences of marijuana-impaired driving in the initial weeks following its legalization, according to an analysis by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

Legislation legalizing marijuana use and retail sales took effect on October 17.

Police agencies in numerous cities and provinces – including Manitoba, Newfoundland, Regina, and Vancouver – failed to report any initial spikes in motorists driving under the influence of cannabis, the report found.

In the United States, peer-reviewed studies show that legal cannabis jurisdictions have not experienced any significant rise in motor-vehicle crashes or fatalities as compared to states where marijuana use remains criminally prohibited.

NORML’s fact-sheet, “Marijuana and Psychomotor Performance,” is available online.

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