Cannabis is second only to alcohol among substances found in drivers involved in crashes or charged with impaired driving. It is also the most frequent drug found mixed with alcohol in those involved in vehicle crashes.
People have been mixing cannabis and driving for as long as there have been cars, but the 2018 legalization of cannabis brought the issue new prominence. Throughout the legalization process, CAA pushed to make sure driving laws were updated, law enforcement would have proper resources, and public education would not take a backseat. We urged the same successful approach taken decades ago to drinking and driving – to make it socially unacceptable.
Prior to legalization, research suggested legalization would lead to an increase in cannabis-impaired driving. CAA lobbied for policies to ensure that wouldn’t happen. Click below to read CAA’s submission to the federal government’s Cannabis Task Force.Download submission