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Study: AAA says that marijuana driving laws lack scientific basis




Officer Kevin Millan from the City of Miami Beach police department conducts a field sobriety test at a DUI traffic checkpoint in Miami, Florida.
Officer Kevin Millan from the City of Miami Beach police department conducts a field sobriety test at a DUI traffic checkpoint in Miami, Florida.
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Marijuana legalization is set to become a major ballot issue in several states this year, including California. Because of this, lawmakers have looked to the potential damage the drug can have on our everyday life-- including driving. In states such as Colorado, it's illegal to drive with a blood-test threshold for 5 milligrams of THC, the chemical in marijuana that makes people high.

But a new study from AAA's safety foundation says that that specific level has no basis in science to determine the harm that it has on a person's ability to drive. The study goes on to explain that this level can lead to someone being unlawfully prosecuted for driving while high, despite the fact that they control of their faculties.

While many advocacy groups agree that the scientific studies in marijuana's effect on driving are in their infancy, it is still important to ensure that the practice is properly disincentivised to avoid loss of life.

AAA Safety Foundation Study 

Guests:

Jake Nelson, MPH, Director, Traffic Safety Advocacy & Research, American Automobile Association

J.T. Griffin , Chief Government Affairs Officer with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)