The Great Marijuana Myth: Is Driving High Dangerous?

A recent study finds that drivers who smoke marijuana within a few hours of driving are more likely to get into an accident than sober drivers. Find out how much more.

Marijuana plant

Last week, the British Medical Journal published a study about the effects of smoking cannabis (aka marijuana, pot, weed, Mary Jane) on driving ability. Researchers at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada, analyzed 9 prior studies and concluded that — contrary to most pot smokers’ beliefs — driving high leads to a higher risk of car accidents.

Now, before we go any further, let’s address the elephant in the room: pot is illegal in most states. But (as we know) people smoke it regardless of what the law says. However, no matter what folks tell you, driving under the influence of any controlled substance is illegal and dangerous.

We could write endlessly about reckless driving — drinking, using a cellphone, and even driving tired all put you and others at risk — but for our purposes today, let’s focus on Dalhousie’s study and the specific dangers of smoking pot and driving.

Weed and driving effects

Turns out, drivers who smoke marijuana within a few hours of driving are almost twice as likely to get into an accident as sober drivers. And though the accident stats aren’t as bad as they are for drinking and driving, the risk is palpable.

While alcohol is still the most common accident-inducing substance, a recent survey quoted on the National Institute of Drug Abuse’s Web site found that 6.8 percent of drivers who were involved in accidents — most of whom were under 35 — tested positive for THC (the chemical found in marijuana).

Smoking weed and driving laws

Unlike testing for alcohol levels, researchers and law enforcement officials have not yet determined how to accurately test for levels of marijuana intoxication. Many states, however, have begun to take a hard line on this public safety issue and police officers are now being trained to detect signs of marijuana intoxication. And make no mistake about it: driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs — including legal-use marijuana — is illegal in all states.

Get a breakdown of drugged driving laws here.

The great marijuana myth

It’s possible you’ve heard a pot aficionado state:  “I’m a better driver when I’m stoned.” Not true. A major issue with drugged driving is that when you’re high (well, not you specifically, we know you’d never do that), you don’t always realize that your judgment is impaired. This is especially true for teenagers who are already at-risk drivers. Couple this with a few hits of ganja, and the buzz can become, well, killer.

Though it varies by person, it generally takes at least 3–4 hours to come down from a high. No amount of strong coffee or greasy food is going to sober you up faster.

Drinking and driving vs. smoking weed and driving

Most of us grew up hearing “don’t drink and drive,” but not nearly as much effort was put into preventing the combination of smoking pot and driving. Yet marijuana affects reaction time, spatial sense, and perception — all of which are crucial to safe driving. So when a person is driving high, they may end up following another car too closely (and brake too late), make unsafe turns, or misjudge road hazards.

The fact remains: weed and driving don’t mix

In the coming years, we may see a move toward the legalization of pot. But no matter where you stand on the issue — “a need for weed” or “not for pot” — we should all be on the same page when it comes to designating a driver who abstains from ALL mind-altering substances (legal or not).

If you’re into graphs and footnotes, you can read the whole British Medical Journal study here.

Related links

Driving on drugs: stats and facts
National Institute of Drug Abuse article on drugged driving
National Institute of Drug Abuse research report on marijuana abuse
CNN reports marijuana nearly doubles the risk of collisions
Dalhousie University report

321 Responses to “The Great Marijuana Myth: Is Driving High Dangerous?”

  1. Sean
    February 8, 2013 #

    This is garbage & isn't even worth the time reading there were no facts

    • Daisy
      March 29, 2013 #

      No facts? Perhaps if you weren't impaired by pot, your would have been able to read the bottom line which provided a direct link to the actual study: http://www.bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e536

      • Maxpo
        March 30, 2013 #

        @Daisy: Perhaps if you weren't impaired by your own prejudices, you would have been able to discern the flaws inherent to the aforementioned study and its presentation in the article

  2. burny
    February 8, 2013 #

    It is really convenient that they left out three studies.One they said was a duplicate.The other two were the simulator test and the closed road test that were done on stoned drivers by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.They called these studies irrelevant because they showed that stoned drivers posed very limited risk while driving.The drivers were more likely to get rear ended while waiting for the stop sign to turn green.These studies also showed that the drivers drove a little bit slower and followed a little bit further back from the car in front of them.I wonder why these studies were considered irrelevant?

    • Don
      February 17, 2013 #

      LMAO! "Burny" nice one!

    • cannaBUS
      March 2, 2013 #

      Because like the rest of our system, it doesn't fit their agenda. How about the fact that in their own study they admit the accidents drivers only had pot in their system, not that they were intoxicated. Thc stays in the system on average of 30-50 days. Most these drivers were not currently under the influence, if they were, they probably wouldn't have wrecked. In colorado 60% of the adult population admits to smoking pot, yet no one has ever died from driving stoned, name ONE?

      • Daisy
        March 29, 2013 #

        How in God's name do you know if no one in Colorado has ever died as a result of driving while stoned?

    • thedudeabides
      March 3, 2013 #

      Are you serious? Give me a break. You've obviously never been stoned. Any stoner who is trying to refute this article is an idiot. You are NOT a better driver stoned.

      • jacob
        March 15, 2013 #

        You've been brainwashed by other people who were brainwashed that pot is so evil.

        Being angry and texting are two things that make you a far more dangerous driver than pot.
        70% of people admit to texting while driving. Should we ban texting and try to give DUIs to texters and road ragers?!?!

        Hypocrites just want to demonize one set of people even though far more individuals die from angry and texting drivers than from stoned ones.

      • Applesauce
        March 21, 2013 #

        Are you serious is the question?
        Your moniker is named after one of the most iconic pot smokers in movie history and you have obviously smoked only a handful of times if it all.
        I will concede that marijuana is potentially more dangerous for people who do not regularly smoke,
        but not necessarily for those of us that know what effect it is going to have on us.
        Traffic fatalities have decreased in Washington and Colorado.
        what do you think these 2 states have in common??

  3. Jay Ken
    February 9, 2013 #

    I read and replied to this while driving and smoking a bowl. Now I'm home safe and sound. YOU LOSE! YOU GET NOTHING! Good day, sir.

    • J
      February 17, 2013 #

      Lol

    • dan
      February 21, 2013 #

      Nice!

    • Lc
      March 13, 2013 #

      Haha.

  4. Jeff
    February 11, 2013 #

    These test are rigged and biased..when the truth is finally in front of your face, people like the author of this article need deported where weak minded uneducated people are sent to live out their days and they can spread their propoganda all they want. I for one have studied the stats, science for over thirty years..it's time to treat these fakes with extreme prejudice

  5. That one guy
    February 13, 2013 #

    So they had one fact – 6.8% of who were involved in accidents tested positive for marijuana.. Now what's the stat on sober people? The ONE stat they gave has no relevance

    • mikey
      February 22, 2013 #

      I would day that it may be more like 60% tested positive for being sober. Probably higher. How many people do you know that has wrecked. Now how many were sober. In my case maybe 90%.

  6. Aaron Lee
    February 13, 2013 #

    I do believe it would come down to the individual as to if they were OK to drive while stoned. I've been smoking pot off and on, and more on now that it is legal, and I am disabled and it helps a lot with my illness, for over 20 years. Since I am a regular smoker, I am capable of driving while stoned. I did it more in college, and have taken 2 to 3 year breaks of not smoking at all, but if needed still can, even though I am usually home for good when I smoke. It's a law, and if they think I am too high to drive, they will bust me, even if I am perfectly capable of operating a vehicle while stoned, they will I would be perfectly safe because my body and brain are used to the effects, and work normally with the drug in my system. Now my wife…she never smokes. If I got her stoned and ask her to drive, she would freak out and have absolutely no business behind the wheel. She wouldn't even try. It becomes such an individual thing when it comes to how and when you use, and how much. A lot of my friends smoke from dawn till dusk, and still drive everywhere, and drive perfectly. So a regular user is more likely to drive as someone not high than a rare or occasional user would. They would tend to use data from non regular users instead of regular users since most of these tests are done with random subjects from a blind pool. Put 20 seasoned stoners behind the wheel, and they all pass with flying colors.

    • J. Law
      March 6, 2013 #

      So in your mind, driving while intoxicated should be OK because alcoholics are used to alcohol being in their system and can tolerate it better than a non-alcoholic? Try telling that to the millions of people who have lost loved ones because some idiot thought they were OK to drive. Bottom line here is pot is illegal. Driving under the influence is illegal. So don't freaking do it. Your argument sir, is invalid.

      • Ted Nugent
        March 20, 2013 #

        Marijuana and alcohol are two completely different substances. One major difference is that one is man-made and the other completely natural. They differ in what they do to the body in mind so that when driving is concerned, it is much harder to so drunk. That's just the way it is. No way should driving high on marijuana be illegal. Maybe not for someone smoking for their first time, but for the vast majority it should not be. As far as making you more susceptible to an accident, I disagree wholeheartedly.

      • Daisy
        March 29, 2013 #

        J. Law, Don't ever try to reason w/a pot head. It's simply not possible.

      • Maxpo
        March 29, 2013 #

        Ethanol is the result of the fermentation of sugars or starches (both natural) by yeast (also natural). Ergo, alcohol is natural. Before humans ever figured out how to control this reaction (at least 9,000 years ago!), they likely enjoyed the intoxicating effects of ethanol produced through entirely natural, undirected processes (e.g. palm wine). Even animals drink the stuff.

  7. bubba
    February 13, 2013 #

    This was a letdown. All this is, is one persons opinions of the subject. Stop calling things fact if you cannot bring the proof.

  8. phil
    February 13, 2013 #

    Oh, the defensiveness of the pothead – as predictable as the sunrise. Well done article, Jessica.

    • George Collins
      February 14, 2013 #

      I'm a prior narcotics officer and now work in the medical profession. Upon reflection of the time spent as a cop, I realized all drugs should be legal and marijuana should be marketed as a safe alternative to alcohol.

      • Noah
        February 15, 2013 #

        Yeah sure you are and I'm the president of the United States…yerp -_-

      • Lauren Logan
        February 16, 2013 #

        Thank you for your response it carries more weight than many of the opinions attempting to pass as information. I also have worked in the medical field and am amazed at the lack of information my the medical staff (including MDs) that are uninformed.

      • Storm Crow
        March 6, 2013 #

        George, I presume you belong to LEAP. And Phil and Noah, I know of several other ex-law enforcement officers who have the same viewpoint as George! He is hardly alone in his opinion!

    • Maxpo
      February 17, 2013 #

      Vigorously and soundly defending one's beliefs demonstrate conviction and certainty. Ad hominem attacks, on the other hand, demonstrate a lack thereof. If you don't have anything smart to say, reconsider your stance. And please don't procreate.

  9. Pete
    February 14, 2013 #

    Glad to see Rx speed and painkillers still leading the discussion

  10. Andrew Boughter
    February 16, 2013 #

    The data was skewed, the arbitrary way this was conducted did not rule out drivers under the influence of multiple substances. Also, the amount of THC to be considered impaired is dependent on the user. Heavy users may have higher levels but are unimpaired because a tolerance to cannabis develops rapidly.

  11. JA
    February 17, 2013 #

    Wow, this article is absolutely retarded. In my younger years, I admit I was stupid and would get totally drunk then drive home. I was incredibly reckless in doing so because I was all over the road. Couldn't even remember getting home at times. Since I started smoking on a regular basis, I can say that I am so much more aware of what I'm doing while driving stoned. This article or any article have yet to prove that pot is as bad as "they" claim it to be. Get some real science done already and find a cure for cancer and diabetes.

    • thedudeabides
      March 3, 2013 #

      You are an idiot. Of course you think you are more aware when you are stoned. How often are you being more aware? Only when you think you need to be. Don't lie and tell us you are aware all the time. In addition, reaction time is slowed significantly with pot. So as aware as you might be, you're not on a position for optimal reaction.

      • oldemastiff
        March 23, 2013 #

        And how many "stoners" do you personally know or have hard facts on that have been in accident? And I hope someone who has nothing better to do than to actually name call would have some factual evidence to present to all us "idiots". Because these idiots do have called hard facts, unlike you. If you are going off on others, have some evidence or just read the posts and keep you mouth closed on a subject you have no business dicussing. And a good day to you.

  12. Maxpo
    February 17, 2013 #

    Let me preface this by stating that I am an advocate for the legalization of marijuana and every other drug, even ignoring the sound arguments pertaining to economics and enforcement. Plain and simple, an adult should be allowed to do as he pleases with his body. But only as long as he's not hurting anybody else. To wit, if the the marijuana law reform community ever expects to be taken seriously, its members must stop insisting that driving high is OK. Being stoned is an impairment, as is being drunk, sleepy, angry, distracted, geriatric, etc.

    That being said, the notorious 6.8% figure is not only murky (for reasons well-elaborated in previous posts), but STATISTICALLY MEANINGLESS without comparing it to the general population of drivers. In other words, What fraction of all drivers would test positive for THC? If it's less than 6.8%, this would suggest, though not imply, that recent (i.e. within the testable range) consumption of marijuana predisposes you to accident involvement. On the other hand, if it's more than 6.8%, this would suggest that recent marijuana consumption actually keeps you safer on the roads! As these data are unavailable, the cited figure serves only to obfuscate the situation.

    And, may I add: Hey hey hey hey… smoke weed every day.

    • Lauren Logan
      February 18, 2013 #

      I agree with your position that smoking pot and working or driving is not prudent. If don't support legalization in a responsible way. It is not safe to assume everyone will be able to use good judgment when driving when high. The comments about driving high (including mine) are intended to say that there it is no guarantee that it will cause accidents. It is important to realize that when people buy pot illegally they can be unknowingly supporting the drug trade into the U.S. We have been putting people in jail and spending too many dollars attempting to control something that could be more effectively controlled if it is legal.

    • Heathen
      February 20, 2013 #

      You're wrong, just as this article is wrong. This lady works for an insurance company, do you really think they would post an article that states driving stoned makes you a better driver, of course not. This article is garbage and has no facts whatsoever. 6.8% is an irrelevant statistic, they don't know if those individuals would have still been in a wreck even if they were sober. Too many conflicting influences to actually say that those 6.8% were due to the pot. And 6.8% what about the other 93.2% of wrecks were they sober? Too me that's a statistic that supports saying driving stoned you have a lower chance of having an accident. Lololo terrible article, terrible writer, why did I even waste my time reading and responding. In general WEAK!!!

    • juan
      February 23, 2013 #

      I can agree it is an impairment for thise with low tolerance who smoke skme grade a kush. For you and me, smoking blunts ever day has resulted in a drastically reduced high. Everyone who smomes knows people drive more cautiously when stoned, and you cant say that about alcoholics, pill poppers, or teenagers. Nicely worded post, but I dont think you are doing anyone justice by encouraging these people to embrace their misconceptions.

  13. Rreaser@gmail.com
    February 18, 2013 #

    They can't fix phones either! I operate a small business repairing smartphones and its like they are smoking stupid instead of pot. It's a total joke when a pothead returns from lunch after smoking pot and tries to do a repair!

    • Irie-ITES
      February 20, 2013 #

      Herb heals .. Alcohol kills!!!

    • juan
      February 23, 2013 #

      Has it occurred to you that some people are just stupid? Plenty of sober people like that too. Maybe you are stupid for hiring stupid people? Funny, you will let stoners work for you, but here you are whining about them. Sounds made up almost.

  14. boheme19
    February 20, 2013 #

    Are you people serious? Do we really need to question whether or not driving stoned is a danger? And are you people seriously defending the idea that it's not? Get real. Some people will argue a point even when they know in their deepest heart that they're wrong, just to be right. Or sometimes I think they just get off on the thoughts of the shock value. What you don't realize is that you aren't really shocking anyone with what you think are your outrageous views. Other people only think you're an idiot.

    • Tony
      February 21, 2013 #

      You know I find the irony in your comment about who can't admit when they're wrong. It's you prohibitionists that can't stand the fact that driving stoned DOES NOT impair your ability to drive safely and effectively. Maybe it's you who should look in the mirror before you start calling other people idiots…

      • Storm Crow
        March 6, 2013 #

        Tony, You might want to read these other articles. First one is put out by an insurance quote provider-"Reasons Why Marijuana Users Are Safe Drivers". BusinessInsider provides "It Turns Out That Smoking Marijuana May Actually Make You A Safer Driver. While PRWeb, goes even further, "Marijuana Users Are Safer Drivers Than Non-Marijuana Users, New Study Shows".

        The United States National Highway Traffic Association (NTHSA) evaluated 32 subjects' driving performance after cannabis inhalation in high-density urban traffic. Investigators reported: ‘Marijuana … did not significantly change mean driving performance. "The study "Visual Search and Urban Driving under the Influence of Marijuana and Alcohol" found "Performance as rated on the Driving Proficiency Scale did not differ between treatments. It was concluded that the effects of low doses of THC … on higher-level driving skills as measured in the present study are minimal."

    • juan
      February 23, 2013 #

      Yes, we are saying that you are wrong. You fail to realize that you are spewing 50 years worth of brainwashing. You pass stoned drivers all the time without even realizing it. There are plenty of tests that have been done that contradict this one that werent done by people who profit from prohibition (or jacking up rates in weed legal states). You are a prime example of how Americans think their feeling of being right trumps facts, experience, and true justice and equality for all. If you drink coffee, which you probably do, then you are a drug user and shouldnt be driving.

      • J. Law
        March 6, 2013 #

        Ah Juan. And what lovely country do you call home? I'm going to ignore the American comment for now, and only address the last statement you made. Caffeine is not an illegal drug. However, if someone were to consume so much caffeine that it impaired their driving ability, then sure THEY shouldn't drive. But please, try not to waste our time with weak arguments that YOU have no FACTS to back up. After all, my American time is consumed fixing the problems of other countries. For example, the DRUG trade in Mexico and other countries south of the border. ;) once again sir your argument, is invalid.

    • Ben
      February 28, 2013 #

      To this I say… the government in it's infinite wisdom, prescribes me Adderall and Klonopin for my ADHD. Adderall is amphetamine salts (legal meth) to focus during the day, and Klonopin a barbiturate (legal heroin) to calm down and sleep as I have ADHD related insomnia. The fact is if I take a couple puffs of marijuana before class, it slows me down and I can focus and if I smoke a joint or 2 before bed I can sleep. On marijuana I had a 3.87 GPA and made the dean's list. On Adderall and Klonopin I had a 3.83 GPA and did not. So is the government right, should I take meth and heroin everyday? Or am I right self medicating on much, much, much softer drugs (I qualify for medical marijuana in all non-terminal states). Boheme19 are whats wrong with this country. You parrot things you've heard without learning the truth and hold onto ideas proven to be wrong. Stop believing the lies and pick up a newspaper for once in your life. 50 bucks says you're a republican.

      • Martian.man
        March 6, 2013 #

        Hey Ben, there are plenty of republican stoners. Chill with your political stereotypes.

      • huh
        March 9, 2013 #

        The _government_ prescribes your medication? Hmm, I'd check with a _doctor_ if I were you.

      • Tony
        March 11, 2013 #

        He is right in a sense. Especially when Obamacare comes into effect this year.

      • Maxpo
        March 20, 2013 #

        Adderall is not meth, though the chemicals are closely related. But more egregiously, Klonopin is DEFINITELY not a barbiturate, it's a benzodiazepine, like Xanax or Valium. Heroin is neither a barbiturate nor a benzodiazepine, it's an opioid.

  15. lee
    February 21, 2013 #

    The students that they studied on do they even smoke weed first of all and if they do how long have they smoke i know more people have been in accident sober then on marijuana so you need to do this study over

  16. jimbob
    February 21, 2013 #

    These bs "studies" are the Invention of insurance companies and have been used for years to jack up prices. The "study" used to cite workplace issues with pot smokers, is well known to have been a copy of an alcoholism study, with the word alcohol replaced by marijuana, to show how people who use pot miss work, cause accidents, are sick more often, and end up costing more in medical treatment, essentially forcing companies to test for pot or face higher premiums.
    This tool referencing some poll stating that 6.8% of people who were involved in accidents tested positive for THC means what? Pretty much nothing considering that this only shows that this tiny percentage of people had consumed marijuana sometime in the last Month or so.
    I'm not saying it's ok to get wasted and go out and drive. I don't do it simply for the reason that if I'm driving along and some idiot crashes into me and kills themselves, and there I am with THC in my system, I'm liable to wake up in the hospital handcuffed to my bed, being blamed for the whole thing.
    This is the same kind of BS that I'm sure has suddenly caused my pharmacy to start labeling my ADD medicine, that I've taken for years, with a new sticker stating that "taking this medication may impair your ability to drive or operate machinery". While I'm dumbfounded by this, I know better than to leave them in that bottle just for the same reason. If I'm laying there in the road, the only one alive after some horrific accident that I didn't cause, and there's this bottle in my pocket, with this BS sticker on it, I could be blamed for being "impaired".
    Sorry for the rant. The bottom line. Be careful out there. Put away the bowl, AND the cellphone, turn down the radio, make sure your windows are clear, don't drive like an idiot, and pay attention. Pot doesn't kill people, bad drivers do.

  17. Joseph
    February 21, 2013 #

    I have no concern about drivers who have smoked a little weed, I am more afraid of the 17 year old driver coming at me in the opposite lane holding a cell phone in front of their face.

    • dan
      February 21, 2013 #

      True dat.

    • lyte
      March 16, 2013 #

      Indeed! @ Joseph, oh didn't u heard? Text n is the new high out there. Awful! Indeed

  18. Anonymous
    February 22, 2013 #

    Amen! Brother Joseph!

  19. ramon gomez
    February 22, 2013 #

    wel i can only speak for myself im a soon to be 73 years old . i have been a pot smoker since i was 15 and driving while smoking pot since i was 22.i have never had an accident or had any dui.s or tickets . a couple of years ago i got a notice from my insurance co.congragulating me for 50 yrs of safe driving. for a 8 year period i had to drive through a windy part of my journey 75 miles one way through 1 stretch that was windy as hell sometimes it would push my car abit on to another lane . it was scary but i always made it if i smoked a joint for my 75 mile journey home i was always more relaxed and alert no trouble . if i drove those same 75 miles home straight without any pot i would sometimes get sleepy after about thirty or forty miles after working all day sometimes working over time and working double shifts i have been retired now for 11 years and i still smoke my pot but dont drive as much but i honestly believe that if it wernt for pot keeping me awake and alert i would probebly wind up being a statistic. on the road i dont recomend it for anyone to drive and smoke pot but it worked for me i have a perfect driving record to prove it

  20. Angela
    February 22, 2013 #

    Wow, many of you sound the same as the idiots that say " I can have a drink or two and drive no problem", and then proceed to kill a family on the road. Look, I used to be a huge pothead in my youth, and even then, I was not ignorant enough to think it in no way affected my ability to drive. It's science people, mood/brain altering substances alter EVERYTHING you do. Driving doesn't get a magical pass just because you want it to. Yes, regular smokers are affected less just like regular drinkers are affected less, but the law is for EVERYONE because the majority of people are impaired A LOT MORE than they realize by substances. By the way, you people making these ridiculous claims that you are somehow above the science of substances and brain chemistry are the EXACT Reason that pot is still not 100% legal. You sound like idiots by disputing facts, if you actually admit the downsides to pot and work to make it realistically lawfully legal, you just might actually get it legalized!

    • juan
      February 23, 2013 #

      There are no facts being disputed; the goverment and corporations have lied about weed from day 1 of this issue. You only believe it dangerous because you were told it is dangerous. Being high is not like being drunk or taking acid, and it does not alter the mind. Just believing something you were told does not make it a fact. You people just want to sound smart, and you dont care about the several hundred thousands of teens and young adults who have had their opportunities and freedoms stole from them over propaganda like this while our government continues to be run by true criminals. And you cant understand why people under 26 hate republicans!? Lmao

    • Ben
      February 28, 2013 #

      …and you have apparently have not been keeping up with the news on legalization or why it hasn't happened. Also marijuana is not illegal because of how it effects you, it's illegal because of A) racism against Mexicans. During the depression they needed a way to deport them and they brought the custom of smoking weed across the border, so they found it a good way to send them back. And B) because of Harry Anslinger who just didn't like weed and went on a Nazi propaganda campaign smearing the use of marijuana with movies such as Reefer Madness that contain nothing but lies but swayed popular opinion with their scare tactics. If marijuana was actually illegal because of what you are saying, I might actually listen to your BS.

      • Juan
        March 21, 2013 #

        I already know that. It also threatened many established industries. But today it is just money. What I was saying is they have used fear and misinformation to justify oppressing people. I don't understand your argument because you are agreeing with me.

  21. joebanana
    February 23, 2013 #

    6.8% were stoned, how many were drunk and how many completely sober? I'll bet more were sober than stoned. Lets say 50% were drunk, add the 6.8% stoned, equals 56.8% "impaired". That would leave 43.2% sober. So, What I take away from this is, sober drivers are 43.2% more dangerous than stoned drivers. Huh?

  22. M McL
    February 23, 2013 #

    Brought to you by the Industrial Drug Testing Complex.

  23. juan
    February 23, 2013 #

    According to this poll, 93.2 % of drivers involved in accidents were not on weed.

    Logical conclusion: more people should smoke weed, and we would have less accidents.

    See, what I did there, that's what you do.

    Now, let's talk about senior citizens that shouldnt be driving…

  24. John
    February 28, 2013 #

    I drive a taxi in NYC and I smoke weed regular before and during breaks for 20 years and never had traffic accident. It's total Bs.

  25. Ben
    February 28, 2013 #

    The only car accident that I am aware of directly related to marijuana in 21 years of smoking it multiple times a day is… a buddy of mine drove through a T intersection while searching under his seat for his bag. I would like to point out that he was completely sober. That's it. I would also like to point out that in the entire history of mankind, if there was ONE SINGLE PERSON who had died of cancer directly related to pot, don't you think the government would have latched on to that person and used them as a poster child that weed is bad? The problem is, finding that one person. There isn't one. There are just a whole bunch of lies about marijuana. Don't believe the hype.

  26. JNelz
    March 1, 2013 #

    Wow…so many so defensive & saying this is all BS & lies. Pretty sure most of you smoke weed now or used to. Funny how none of you mentioned a simple YES or NO to whether or not weed actually alters the mind. Maybe that's because you know that it does alter the mind & that's what you love about it so much. I agree with Angela…maybe if you smokers admitted some of the down sides it would be easier to have a real conversation about legalizing weed.

  27. Devan
    March 1, 2013 #

    I am not a regular user, though I do partake from time to time. I will say, I play video games far far better stoned. Thus, hand eye cordination is not reduced, as such is proof. Also, I un-interuptedly obey every law of the road, which I can not say is the case while sober. I stop at every stop sign. I never speed; if anything, I am too slow. I only ever wear a seatbelt while high. I double and triple check before pulling out, and even wait at times I could have went and had minutes to spare. I have never crashed while high, but have so sober. I will say beond reasonable doubt that I am far safer behind the wheel while stoned. I am an aggressive sober driver, and a defensive stoned driver. Drinking and driving is deffinately a no-no however.

  28. cannaBUS
    March 2, 2013 #

    Great propaganda piece!!! Let's make up some more numbers and show them how many people who try pot die instantly next time. Maybe we can link pot to guns ' people smoke pot and get the gun munchies and want to kill people, that's next right?

  29. If you're 428 you get ate more
    March 3, 2013 #

    Great write-up.

    Tip for the rest of you pothead losers: "Defensive driving" doesn't mean "get defensive about your heretofore undiscovered constitutional right to drive under the influence.

    Drug addicts can rationalize ANYTHING and I'm sure you'll have as many excuses when you kill someone or cause them a lifetime of pain and suffering.

    Oh and you probably all drive drunk too. Don't lie.

    • Tony
      March 4, 2013 #

      Proof that you're losing an argument: Call your opponent a stupid pot head loser….

    • Storm Crow
      March 6, 2013 #

      I come from a family of alcoholics. CANNABlS prevents my drinking. I have already out-lived my mother and am FAR healthier than she was. I work in education, been married for 44 years to the same man, and my adult sons love and respect me. I have used CANNABlS for over 45 years. Why do I use CANNABlS? It prevents my frequent migraines that are debilitating and, in general, enhances my life!

  30. Joseph
    March 3, 2013 #

    The real elephant in the room and the one that won't be discussed, Is the fact that prescription drugs are far more dangerous To drive on but no one will talk about this Because the drug companies own this country and control the conversation.

  31. spawn
    March 4, 2013 #

    Wow. ..1st I agree with Devan about hand eye cordination and video game. I'm 32 I've been smoking for 20 years and played sports while in school and rec leagues my play was never effected if anything I was better, in baseball I was a pitcher and played 1st base, football I was a linebacker and basketball I was a power forward. Like I said my cordination was not effected or even slowed down if anything I was more focused. Maybe some ppl that are not smokers are just hypocritical fruit cakes and wanna knock everything because its not there way so its wrong, plain and simple. ..P.S. I've read all the posts here and can say this smoking does impair your ability to spell, so there u have it smartass something is impaired. Enjoy..P.S. again that study was bias lol

  32. SoSweet
    March 5, 2013 #

    Lol foolish people. … all of you …. bigger things in the world to worry about… mmmuuuuwwwwaaahhh…. in the words of Bob Marley one luv …

  33. Jessie
    March 6, 2013 #

    They said 6.8% of drivers involved in accidents tested positive for THC. I find that to be a rather low figure considering a number of those positives could be for someone who hadn't smoked in days. Also, if you tested the same number of drivers who hadn't been in an accident, what kind of number would you be looking at? I'd say the percentage would be higher.

  34. brandon
    March 7, 2013 #

    you guys make it seem like it should be a law that everyone should be stoned before leaving the house in order to make the world a safer place, no more car accidents, no more shootings, no more road rage. let's pass a law…..

  35. Cali trees
    March 8, 2013 #

    As a daily smoker whos been driving 4 10 years (sometime smoking while driving) ive never been n an accident. I think cell phones cuase WAY more accidents and kill many more young people!

    • Cali trees
      March 8, 2013 #

      This page was made by the insurence company. Think there a little bias?

  36. carl
    March 8, 2013 #

    As a former full time stoner—I'm now scitzophrenic and addicted. Don't do it.

  37. lady bug
    March 9, 2013 #

    If pot stays in your system for months then how can you make statistics or judgement with test that are not relevant to that moment. Pot helps me focus on one thing not my mind wandering on several things. Pot let's me focus on driving.

  38. ms_seffiann
    March 12, 2013 #

    THC is found in poppyseeds so unless they gav them sum weed to smoke prior to their test study then this is irrelevant…jus sayn

  39. spike
    March 14, 2013 #

    After reading a number of these posts one thing is certain. Pot users are NOT as smart as they seem to think they are.

    • R Dawg
      March 15, 2013 #

      You nailed it Spike! They're pretty darn ignorant aren't they. There are lot's and lot's of people that can say they have been drinking and driving for years without an accident and probably many of those with perfect driving records. That still doesn't mean that it's okay for anyone to drink and drive. Bottom line is smoking pot DOES alter your brain and it affects different people in different ways. Myself for one, I used to smoke it since Jr High school, it was mind altering, we laughed at everything, we used to stumble around sometimes because of it, and since then I cannot smoke it anymore because it makes me feel terribly paranoid. In either case I would NEVER get behind the wheel because it would be foolish. I used to drink and drive as well but I GREW UP and realised that my actions can affect many people around me. It's a matter of responsibility and respect for those around you as well. Like I said before, if you wish to smoke pot do it responsibly and don't drive or better yet, quit especially if you're doing illegally.

  40. Soul Man
    March 15, 2013 #

    There are drugs that are worse. The underlying problem is in our value system. We now believe what we FEEL is the truth. Pot isn't the worst- and it isn't nothing, either. It's also getting stronger all of the time. It is very frequently combined with alcohol. The article mentioned the trickiest aspect of pot- and the most dangerous. Your overall judgement is impaired. Period. You do NOT solve problems well on pot, for example. The people that claim that something is better on pot are not writing a legal opinion. They're playing a video game, or doing relatively easy undergraduate work. The employer is right. If the worker was doing some kind of simple assembly, he might be able to hide being a little high. Fixing a broken cell phone? Forget about it. Literally.We are a generation of deluded narcicists.

  41. GPANTS
    March 16, 2013 #

    6.8 percent tested positive, they fail to mention that it does not mean that they were high,stoned at the time. Marijuana stays in your system for a month or so, just because they tested positive at the time does not mean they were high at that time. This whole story and research is garbage.

  42. lyte
    March 16, 2013 #

    They got so much things 2 say! Folks try pickn up a bible and reading it for @ least 30min, then say a prayer b4 you walk out your door and into harms way, cause believe it or not ain't no one safe out there, whether or not u smoke, drink take drugs, textn, or simply jus tired behind the wheel! Best thing in life is prayer! !

  43. Notapoysmoker
    March 17, 2013 #

    I'm not much a herb kind of guy, but to each his own. When I have smoked it, it hasn't impaired me to the point of not being able to drive?!?!? I would much rather someone smoke as much as humanly possible and share the road with them rather than someone who is an 18pack deep.

    Stupid article, pot doesn't really hinder someone's driving ability unless they are fried!!!

  44. William
    March 18, 2013 #

    This is the most ridiculous article I've read… I'm 28. I've been smoking since the age of 12. Had a license at 15 and never had an accident even while smoking marijuana. Statistics are misleading… Not once did they mention that marijuana can be in your system without being intoxicated. Here's something for the non-smokers who been conditioned by conservative propaganda…. Correlation is not Causation. Just because marijuana is in there system and can be associated with an accident, doesn't mean it was the cause of the accident. To say it is..would be to totally disregard any outside factors… This is not a credible article or study ! # proud stoner

  45. Otis41
    March 19, 2013 #

    11 years driving truck at at a company that didn't drug test. No accidents, no violations, over 1 million miles, high the entire time………. Myth busted!!!

  46. Maryjane Moses
    March 22, 2013 #

    Marijuana is a drug that no one really truly reacts the same to. Some people can try their best, but still not be able to focus. Others maybe so cautious that pot forces them to become better drivers. Personally it causes me to worry about getting pulled over or caught, so I obey every road law and always drive the speed limit. Because of how differently people react to marijuana, penalties should only be incurred after and accident has occurred while under the influence. Some people are much better drivers while high. Some people should never get behind the wheel after smoking. I don't think we should lump everybody into the same group.

  47. chong
    March 23, 2013 #

    I wouldnt recomend it but every one is diffrent i doit all the time never pulled over but i been smokeing shit since i was a child dont phase me

  48. Patton 83
    March 27, 2013 #

    lol. CNN just did a study on smoking pot and driving, complete with driving instructors and colorado state troopers. The infractions? There were none…..the only thing mentioned was driving too slowly(ha ha…big suprise there) and hesitating before making rash decisions. Maybe thos will be the end of road rage?

  49. jj
    March 28, 2013 #

    Drunks always say they can drive just fine so it's not surprising that the pothead crowd would be so vocal in their disagreement. Potheads think they are smarter when they are stoned too. ANY impairment makes for a more dangerous driver. There have been plenty of accidents being stoned, being high, along with being drunk.

    Stay home when you do it and don't drive as I don't want you to endanger my life.

  50. Talkslick
    March 31, 2013 #

    Pot is great for those whom have had will agree. But dont let the affects of good pot make the world think it kills brain cells as well. We know we should be legal, and im all for that , but never get it confused though i will never agree to calling it a drug it is indeed a mind altering substance that should be kept from behind the wheel , legalize it but lets not get beside ourselves , no one cares if you want to smoke it you body, but we do care if you blow through and intersection listening to your favorite song ,lit up , & take out five kids and acrossing gaurd all because you need another blunt. This is why they are only letting some people smoke and you need persciptions for it because some people have minds that are probably in no need if any type stimulant because when you make ignorant statements like your better driver when your high , you mess it up for those people that have common sense. Personal responsibility is the concept that is lacked in the mind of people who sat im a better driver when im high . Because these fools would rather wait for something bad to happen and say oops than to just be responsible. And this is why it hasn't been legalized yet